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New Head of Department for Geography

Posted on 27/06/2017

Professor Mark MulliganDr Mark Mulligan is to become the Head of the Department of Geography from 21 August, taking over from Professor Mike Hulme, who has occupied the role since April 2016. Dr Mulligan is currently a Reader in Geography and Deputy Head of Department.

One of Mark’s early priorities will be to facilitate the Department’s move to Bush House. Like the other departments in the School of Global Affairs, staff and students are due to occupy new premises in the North East Wing there from Easter 2018, making the most of the new ways of working that this exciting new space provides.

Mark will also be focused on the day-to-day management of the Department, whilst implementing the key recommendations of Geography's recent Quinquennial Review. With colleagues from the Faculty’s leadership, education and research teams, Mark will also be ensuring that Geography builds on the outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework – with a Silver Award announced for King’s last week – and preparing for the next Research Excellence Framework. A series of recent recruitments has provided some exciting and complementary new research and teaching foci, which will open up interesting new collaborations and opportunities for the Department and the wider School.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “This is a great Geography Department and feel privileged to take over the headship. I look forward to working with deputies, Bruce Malamud and Clare Herrick, and with colleagues and students throughout the Department, School and Faculty, to help keep the Department on the very positive trajectory that it has been on under Mike's leadership.”

About Mark Mulligan

Mark Mulligan has been based in the Department for the past 23 years, pursuing his research interests in environmental spatial policy support, ecosystem service modelling and understanding environmental change. This research is at scales from local to global and with a particular emphasis on tropical forests in Latin America and semi-arid drylands in the Mediterranean and Africa. His research involves fieldwork around the world and he is also developer of a range of open source instruments for environmental monitoring through the FreeStation and FreeSensor projects.

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