I have been an Assistant Professor in the School of Geography at Nottingham since August 2016 where I am a member of the Cultural and Historical Geography and Environment and Society research groups. My principle research interests relate to animal, more-than-human and food geographies in Italy from the nineteenth century to the current day.
I undertook my BA(Hons) History, MA Environmental History and PhD in the Department of History at the University of Nottingham. Professor Charles Watkins (Geography) and Dr Ross Balzaretti (History) and explored the comparative cultural-historical geographies and cultural-environmental histories of wolves and wild boar in the northwest Italian region of Liguria from the sixteenth century to the modern day.
Upon completion of my doctoral studies I extended my research as a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the Università degli Studi di Genova (2013-15) as part of the Laboratorio di Archeologia e Storia Ambientale (LASA), an interdisciplinary research group comprised of academics and researchers from the Dipartimento di Antichità, Filosofia e Storia (DAFIST) and the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e della Vita (DISTAV). During my time at Genova I also received funding from the Fondazione Spinola for investigations into the historical geographies of entomological science in Europe by way of research into the life, times and scientific works of Massimiliano Spinola (1780-1857).
I have since held various postdoctoral research positions in the UK and Italy; in the Centre for Advanced Studies at Nottingham working on the AHRC-funded 'Hidden Histories' project, as Rome Fellow at the British School of Rome (British Academy), and as research assistant on the Leverhulme-funded 'Splicing Time' project led by Liz Rideal at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), with whom I continue to collaborate.
I continue to work closely with the Universita degli Studi di Genova and with the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche where I contribute to teaching on their MA in New Food Thinking.
I am keen to supervise MRes and PhD research in the following topics:
- Animal and more-than human geographies
- Italian environmental histories and humanities
- Cultural and historical food geographies
- Historical geographies of science
- Rural and environmental geographies
- Qualitative and creative research methodologies
Please contact me to discuss potential projects and for information concerning potential sources of funding.
I am a cultural and historical geographer with a background in cultural and environmental History. My specific research interests relate to animal and more-than-human geographies, the cultural-historical geographies of food and foodways, and landscape and memory, with a particular focus on Italy from the nineteenth century to the modern day.
I am on a teaching-focussed contract and currently teach on a number of courses:
GEOG1005 Tutorials (Level 1)
GEOG1008 Exploring Human Geography (Level 1)
GEOG1001 Geographical Fieldcourse (Level 1)
GEOG2001 Rural Environmental Geography (Level 2)
GEOG2004 Techniques in Human Geography (Level 2)
GEOG2030 Research Tutorial (Level 2)
GEOG2031 Dissertation Preparation (Level 2)
GEOG3004 Dissertation (Level 3)
GEOG3001 European Landscapes (Italy Fieldcourse) (Level 3) [Convenor]
I am co-supervising the PhD thesis of César Rodríguez on the 'Effects of future warming on the ecological functioning of invasive signal crayfish in UK waters' with Dr Matthew Johnson and Dr Stephen Dugdale.
I am also the internal examiner for Natalia Ciecierska-Holmes for her PhD on 'Raw Feeding for Dogs in the UK and Australia: A Social and Ethical Cross-Cultural Comparison' in the School of Sociology and Social Policy supervised by Professor Pru Hobson-West (Nottingham) and Professor Rachel Ankeny (Adelaide University).
PIETRO PIANA, STEFANIA MANGANO and ROBERT HEARN, 2023. Fluvial landscapes: exploitation, marginalisation and rewilding in Genoa, NW Italy. In: ANDREA PASE, ALDINO BONDESAN and SARA LUCHETTA, eds., Elementi, animali, piante: :mobilità dei costituenti, delle forze e degli organismi 148-157
BRUZZONE, R. HEARN, R. AND PIANA, P., 2019. ‘Clarence Bicknell (1842-1918) dans les Alpes Maritimes: entre paysage et botanique'. In: VALETTE, P AND CAROZZA, J-M, ed., Géohistoire de l'environnement et des paysages Paris: CNSR. 107-116