School of Geography

Honorary Appointments

Honorary Professors

Christian Berndt

Christian Berndt (2020 to 2023)

Christian Berndt is a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University and his Habilitation from the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and worked as a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Frankfurt before coming to Zurich. His early research concerned regional restructuring and labor relations in Germany. He has since focused empirically on the industrialization of the northern Mexican border and the way “southern labor” is transformed, and the agrifood commodity chains.

Currently he is involved in a collaborative international network of scholar focusing on the global production, distribution and use of synthetic pesticides. With his perspective of geographies of marketization, he contributes theoretically to the dialogue between critical commodity studies and social studies of economization.

Chris Frid

Chris Frid – Joint with UNNC (2020 to 2023)

Professor Chris Frid is Professor of Marine Biology at Griffith University, Australia. Prior to this he was the inaugural Head of School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Dove Marine Laboratory at the University of Newcastle.

Chris' research is focused on the dynamics of marine communities and in particular the impact of human activities on ecological processes. His recent work has focused on long-term change in marine systems including the role of climatic variation and the effects of fisheries. Much of this work has been seen as important for the development of marine policy and in particular the application of holistic, ecosystem perspectives and the management of multiple sectors. He has also pioneered work designed to provide quantified analysis of ecological functioning in sea floor systems and humans' impact on it. Recent work has seen significant collaborations with social and policy specialists working to integrate scientific evidence into maritime policy and management.

Chris leads a vibrant research group, which has included over 30 PhD students and 17 PDRAs. He has over 110 publications in international journals and is the co-author of three major textbooks. He has received over AUD17million in funding as lead PI in the last 10 years and he is currently a lead researcher in the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre, a 10-year AU$370 million research programme.

Jon Harbor

Jon Harbor (2017 to 2020, extended to 2023)

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 to 2021, extended to 2024)

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.


Stephen Martin (2021 to 2024)

Honorary Professor in Learning Sustainability.

Suzanne McGowan

Professor Suzanne McGowan (October 2021 to 2024)

Jamie Peck

Jamie Peck (2010 to 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 to 2015, extended to 2024)

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 to 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 to 2014, extended to 2023)

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 to 2020, extended to 2023)

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 to 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.


Honorary Associate Professors

Tony Cooke

Tony Cooke (2019 to 2022)

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.

Christina Ergler

Christina Ergler (2020 to 2023)

Dr Christina Ergler is a health geographer whose research traces social, health, and environmental injustices as they relate to young people's wellbeing in the minority and majority worlds. She applies social theoretical frames and insights from public health to a range of significant societal issues, including the politics of accessing (health) care and children's declining rights to cities.

She is interested in creative, value-based, ethically and culturally appropriate methodologies that acknowledge the expertise of everyone and which foster a meaningful participation in research activities (eg child-led participatory methods, SoftGIS, mixed-methods).

Richard Masterman

Richard Masterman (2020 to 2023)

Dr Richard Masterman worked and studied at the University of Nottingham for more than 30 years before retiring in 2020. After completing a NERC funded PhD on vegetation effects on river bank stability in the School of Geography, he worked in various roles managing and developing research strategy, working with Research Councils and on major international projects, and managing the University’s research portfolio.

He has been involved in several knowledge exchange activities such as the development of the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, in many international initiatives and in contributing to the development and implementation of research strategy. He ended his career at the University with four years as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Strategy and Performance.

Prior to his involvement in the University, his previous experience included a stint as part of the management team of the Royal Court Theatre, a leading force in world theatre and the UK’s leading theatre producing new plays of the highest quality.

Jeremy Morley

Jeremy Morley (2015 to 2018, extended to 2024)

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.


Honorary Assistant Professors

Nurul Islam

Nurul Islam (2019 to 2022)

Md. Nurul Islam graduated with his PhD from the University of Nottingham UK, in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Colin R Thorne and Dr Nick Mount. Earlier, he completed his BSc (honours) and MSc (thesis) in geography from Jahangirnagar University in 1992 and 1993 respectively.

Nurul Islam has been in the university teaching and research profession for more than two decades and currently, he is working as a faculty member of Geography and Environment, Jahnagirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He teaches courses on hydrology, channel forms and dynamics, floodplain and watershed management, geographical information systems (GIS), research methodology and disaster management.

Apart from his permanent involvement at Jahangirnagar University, he is engaged as secretary general of Bangladesh National Geographical Association (BNGA). Professor Islam's research delves in the fluvial environment, agricultural land use dynamics and climate change.

Paul Lusty

Paul Lusty (2016 to 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 to 2022)

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).

Michelle Shao

Michelle Shao – Joint with UNNC (2020 to 2023)

Michelle Shao is based at Ningbo University of Technology where she is Deputy Head of School of Architectural Environmental Engineering. She received her PhD in Sustainable Energy and Building Technologies from University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in 2015 and joined UNNC's School of Geographical Sciences as a post-doctoral research associate where she investigated EU-China sustainable urbanisation and EU-China research and innovation cooperation. Her scientific expertise lies in thermal energy storage systems, but she has much broader interests in environmental management strategies and urban resilience assessment.



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