School of Geography

Honorary Appointments

Honorary Professors

Jon Harbor

Jon Harbor (2017-2020)

Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, Provost and Professor at the University of Montana, with honorary/affiliated appointments at Stockholm University, the University of Tennessee, and Qinghai Normal University. Harbor and his collaborators have been pioneers in the use of cosmogenic nuclide methods in paleoglaciology and glacial geomorphology, with major projects in Scandinavia, central Asia, and Antarctica.

He and his students also pursue applied environmental work developing decision support tools related to hydrological impacts of land use change, and Harbor has co-developed and published research on novel educational and pedagogical programs ranging from youth and school teachers to underserved and postgraduate students.

Martyn Kelly

Martyn Kelly (2018-2021)

Martyn is a freshwater biologist with over 25 years' experience at the interface between ecology and legislation. He has developed methods for evaluating the ecological condition of rivers using algae that are in routine use in the UK and elsewhere in the EU and has worked with the European Commission to ensure consistent interpretation of ecological Directives by Member States.

He is also the editor of the standard identification guide to freshwater diatoms in Europe and writes a regular blog about the less fashionable end of biodiversity.

Jamie Peck

Jamie Peck (2010-2019 extended to 2022)

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he is a Distinguished University Scholar. With long-term research interests in urban restructuring, geographical political economy, labor studies, the politics of policy formation and mobility, and economic geography, his current research is focused on the political economy of neoliberalization and capitalist transformations in South China.

Jamie Peck's recent books include Doreen Massey: critical dialogues (2018, Agenda, coedited with Marion Werner, Rebecca Lave and Brett Christophers); Offshore: Exploring the worlds of global outsourcing (2017, Oxford University Press); and Fast Policy: Experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism (2015, University of Minnesota Press, with Nik Theodore).

George Peterken

George Peterken (2009-2015 extended to 2021)

George Peterken has been a woodlands specialist with the Nature Conservancy and successor bodies and then nature conservation adviser to the Forestry Commission. He initiated the ancient woodland inventory and negotiated the nature conservation aspects of the Government's 1985 Broadleaves Policy, which has since provided a basis for the conservation of ancient woodlands.

In retirement, while continuing with long-term woodland development studies in the Lower Wye Valley, he has developed an interest in meadows and their conservation, initiating the Parish Grassland Project, which has led to the creation of several other community-based grassland projects in other counties. His books include Natural Woodland (CUP, 1996), Wye Valley (New Naturalist 105, 2008) and Meadows (British Wildlife Collection 2, 2013).

Jack Rieley

Jack Rieley (2007-2019 extended to 2022)

Jack was a long-serving member of the University of Nottingham in the departments of Botany, Biology and Geography where he taught peatland ecology and management. His research focussed on both peatland and urban ecosystems but in 1987 he turned his attention to tropical peatland in Southeast Asia on which he formed partnerships with over 100 scientists and research students and assistants over the ensuing 25 years, publishing many scientific papers and reports. He focussed on building capacity at the University of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan by supervising 10 members of staff to obtain masters and PhD degrees of the University of Nottingham.

In retirement, Jack still maintains contact with Indonesian Universities, which he visits occasionally. He focusses now on international peatland matters related to climate change through the International Peatland Society and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Andrew Simon

Andrew Simon (2011-2014 extended to 2020)

Andrew is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham as well as a Senior Principal and Senior Geomorphologist at Cardno in Oxford, Mississippi. He has 38 years of research experience, 16 years with the U.S. Geological Survey and 16 years at the USDA-ARS, National Sedimentation Laboratory. His process-based research has been in in mechanistic analysis of unstable-channel systems, streambank erosion, cohesive-sediment entrainment, the role of riparian vegetation, “reference” sediment-transport rates for water quality, and river restoration.

He is the author of more than 100 technical publications, has edited several books and journals and is the senior developer of the Bank-Stability and Toe-Erosion Model (BSTEM). He has supported undergraduate dissertations for numerous School of Geography undergraduate students and mentored their development into professional and academic pursuits.

Simon Spooner

Simon Spooner (2012-2020)

Simon Spooner has 25 years' experience in technical and regulatory planning in the UK and China in the urban environment development sector. He has worked on EU, DFID and World Bank development and cooperation projects including secondments into Chinese Water and Environmental Ministries. He was technical director for Atkins in Beijing. His role now is bridging the UK and China Businesses of Atkins for projects in China and for China outbound investments.

A masters graduate of Cambridge University, he is now an Honorary Professor of Nottingham University in UK and China. He has had published a number of books on EU water management, regulation and adaption to East Asia for OECD, FWR and China water ministry publishers. He has led technical research projects and conducted water and energy sector market studies in China for the EU Delegation and for the UK Foreign office and led Due diligence projects for major international investors in the China water private sector.

Chris Stoate

Chris Stoate (2013-2019 extended to 2022)

Chris Stoate is Head of Research at the Allerton Project research and demonstration farm at Loddington in Leicestershire where he coordinates research projects on a wide range of agri-environmental issues and scales, from replicated experimental plots to landscape scale. His interests include farmland ecology, ecosystem services, soil and catchment management, and participatory research on the interface between natural and social sciences.

He has worked in West Africa and southern Europe, as well as in the UK. He delivers occasional lectures to Geography students, hosts student visits to the Allerton Project, supports MSc and PhD students, and collaborates with School of Geography researchers on projects and publications.



Rob Ward (2014-2017 extended to 2020)


Honorary Associate Professors


Jonathan Chambers (2014-2017 extended to 2021)

Tony Cooke

Tony Cooke (2019-2021)

Tony Cooke has been appointed Honorary Associate Professor of Sustainability Leadership in order to support the ongoing development and delivery of a new MSc Environmental Leadership and Management.

Tony is an experienced sustainability leader, and is currently CEO of One Planet Education Networks, a global education non-profit which he co-founded with WWF. He brings over 25 years' leadership experience across business, government, non-profits and complex multi-stakeholder partnerships alongside a high-level international network of sustainability leaders and practical expertise in sustainability leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact.

Much of his current work focusses on place-based transformations and the education of change agents for sustainability. He is also a steward of the SDG Transformations Forum and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

Antoni Milodowski

Antoni Milodowski (2015-2018 extended to 2021)

Tony is an Honorary Research Associate (HRA) and former Principal Petrologist within the Radioactive Waste Team and Mineralogy and Petrology Facility at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth, Nottingham, and has worked with the BGS for >37 years.

He is a petrologist and geochemist, with specialist expertise in rock-water interaction and mineralogical alteration, with research interests in environmental mineralogy, radioactive waste management and natural analogue systems, Quaternary palaeohydrogeology, hydrothermal alteration, sedimentary petrology and diagenesis.

He was responsible for the design and management of the Petrological and Electron Microscopy Laboratories at the BGS and currently teaches on Hydrocarbon Reservoirs, Carbon Capture and Storage and Radioactive Waste Management as part of the Mineralogy and Petrology Module within the Environmental Geosciences Degree Course at Nottingham.

Jeremy Morley

Jeremy Morley (2015-2018 extended to 2021)

Jeremy Morley has worked as Chief Geospatial Scientist at Ordnance Survey since 2015 where he leads the Research team who carry out research and standards development in conjunction with universities and other research organisations. OS's research requirements include enabling the business' medium-term business plans, plus horizon scanning to identify new avenues of research which might affect the organisation's future services or role, nationally or internationally.

He has worked in geospatial research since the mid-90s, and worked at the University of Nottingham from 2009-2015, latterly as Geospatial Science Theme Leader in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute. His academic career spanned a range of geospatial information topics from radar mapping of ice and terrain, through crowd-sourcing and citizen science to applications of geospatial science in fields from the digital economy to planetary mapping.

Currently he is supervisor or industrial supervisor on three PhDs with Professor Andrew Leyshon and Dr Gary Priestnall in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, and guest lectures to masters and undergraduate students. More widely at the university through his role at Ordnance Survey he was a part of securing a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems, a collaboration with Newcastle University.

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts (2018-2020)

Simon Roberts is a British artist-photographer whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. He originally studied a BA Hons Degree in Cultural Geography at the University of Sheffield, a subject which has helped inform his subsequent art practice. Often employing expansive tableaux photographs, his work explores how our individual and collective identities are shaped, interpreted, defined and transformed by our relationship to, and connections with landscape.

He has published and exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Vamp;A Collection. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection.


Honorary Assistant Professors


Nurul Islam (2019-2022)

Paul Lusty

Paul Lusty (2016-2019 extended to 2022)

Paul Lusty is a Principal Economic Geologist at the British Geological Survey, where he leads the Ore Deposits and Commodities research team, and is responsible for formulating and directing multidisciplinary research on raw materials. He is a Chartered Geologist with more than 17 years commercial and research experience in the natural resources sector in the UK and overseas.

Key areas of technical expertise include: mineral exploration, ore deposit research, and monitoring of the supply-demand dynamics and economics of mineral commodities. He teaches about economic minerals and energy resources on the 'Geological Hazards and Resources' and 'Mineralogy and Petrology' modules in the School of Geography.

Jo Norcup

Joanne Norcup (2019-2021)

Dr Joanne Norcup is an interdisciplinary historical and cultural geographer whose research centres on the intersectional geographies of education, learning, knowledge-making and archives spanning visual and print cultures, popular culture, archives, public libraries, and learned societies. In particular, Jo's work concerns the histories of radical and anti-racist geographical knowledge within and beyond the academy.

Jo's current research (Honorary Research Fellow, Yesu Persuad Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick) attends to the Caribbean photographs of Sir Harry Johnston (1858 – 1927), focusing on an anticipatory 'decolonizing’ knowledge exhibition organised between the British Council and the Royal Geographical Society (Photos and Phantasms, 1998).

Jo is the conference officer of the Historical Geography Research Group at the Royal Geographical Society. Jo is also the founding director of the independent radio and education resource production company Geography Workshop, bringing key geographical ideas and debates to wider audiences. Recent broadcasts have been aired on Resonance FM ('Er Outdoors – 2016/17) and BBC Radio 4/BBC Sounds (The Art of Now: Women Who Walk 2018/2019).

James Riding

James Riding (2014-2021)

James B. Riding is a palynologist with the British Geological Survey and specialises on the palynology (organic microfossils) of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. He also undertakes undergraduate teaching in the School of Geography. This comprises "On Earth and Life" (year one), "Sedimentology and Palaeontology" (year two), and "Geohazards and Georesources" (year three).



School of Geography

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact us