School of Geography

Staff Supervision Areas

Applicants with research interests in any of the school's research themes are invited to apply for a studentship. The following topics/projects are provided as a guide only. Applicants are welcome to contact the named members of staff if they wish to discuss a particular topic.

Staff supervision areas
Staff memberResearch themeResearch topics
Dr David Beckingham Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Moral regulation: drinking and drunkenness (and temperance); historical child protection 
  • Historical urban governance
Professor David Matless Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Landscape and national identity
  • Cultural geographies of the Anthropocene
Professor Stephen Legg Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Colonial urbanism, especially in South Asia
  • Anti-Colonial Nationalism and its geographical expressions
  • The geographies of sexuality, in contemporary and historical settings
  • The historical geographies of constitutionalism
  • Interwar internationalism and its spaces of expression and experience
  • Applications of governmentality theory and postcolonial studies to geographical case studies and approaches
Professor Charles Watkins Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Woodland history in Britain and Europe
  • Nature conservation and rural land management
Dr Carol Morris Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Weather watching and weather recording in recent history by amateur meteorologists, enthusiasts and other publics
Professor Matthew Smallman-Raynor Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Spatial epidemic history
  • The historical geography of infectious diseases in 20th century Britain
Professor Mike Heffernan Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Histories of geography and cartography
  • Historical geographies of internationalism
Dr Susanne Seymour Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Histories and legacies of transatlantic slavery in rural Britain
Dr Isla Forsyth Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Cultural geographies of warfare
  • Animal and more-than-human geographies
  • Histories of desert exploration
Dr Stephen Dugdale Geosciences
  • Integrating high-resolution remote sensing and modelling approaches for better understanding river processes
  • Understanding the drivers and implications of river temperature patterns under a changing climate
Dr Simon Gosling Geosciences
  • Assessing global water scarcity under scenarios of future climate change
  • The impacts of future climate change on heat waves and human health
Dr Nick Mount Geosciences
  • The development and application of novel data-driven modelling frameworks for hydrological prediction
  • Spatio-temporal analyses of environmental change using spatio-temporal self-organising maps
Professor Colin Thorne Geosciences
  • Interpretation of sediment flux in large scale river systems from historic data records: the lower Mississippi river
  • Development of catchment-scale classification models of geomorphological sensitivity to altered hydro-climatic and land use regimes
Professor Sarah Metcalfe Geosciences
  • Modelling impacts of future climate change on UK air quality
Professor Sarah Metcalfe Geosciences
  • Reconstructing hurricane frequency in the circum-Caribbean
Dr Suzanne McGowan Geosciences
  • Chlorophyll and carotenoid pigment biomarkers in lake sediments as indicators of recent environmental change
Dr Matt Jones Geosciences
  • High resolution stable isotope records of climate change from central Turkey
  • Data model comparisons in isotope hydrology
Dr Nick Mount Geosciences
  • Elucidating patterns in space and time using spatio-temporal self-organising maps
Professor Giles Foody Geosciences
  • Accuracy assessment in thematic mapping by remote sensing
Professor Giles Food and  Dr Doreen Boyd Geosciences
  • Earth observation for ecosystem services
Dr Matthew Johnson Geosciences
  • The role of aquatic organisms in altering river processes and channel form
  • Monitoring and modelling the environmental condition in rivers, particularly in response to pollutants and/or climate change
  • Understanding the environmental information aquatic animals use to interpret and navigate river environments
Dr Stephanie Coen Environment and Society
  • Critical health geographies
  • Gender and health
  • Health behaviour
  • Physical activity
Dr Carol Morris Environment and Society
  • Geographies of sustainable diets
Dr Susanne Seymour Environment and Society
  • Participatory and collaborative rural environmental governance strategies (particularly in UK)
Dr Susanne Seymour and Dr Carol Morris Environment and Society
  • Geographies of rural environmental knowledges
Dr Richard Field Environment and Society
  • Are ethical pricing schemes a possible mechanism for preventing de-forestation?
Dr Sarah Jewitt Environment and Society
  • Sanitation access and priorities
  • The influence of access to good/safe school-based sanitation on attendance
  • Community-based forest use and management (with particular reference to India)
  • Household energy and cooking fuel/technology preferences
Dr Martin Danyluk Economic Worlds
  • Logistics and infrastructure
  • Urbanization and urban politics
  • Geographical political economy
  • Social and environmental justice
Dr Shaun French Economic Worlds
  • Geographies and relationalities of international financial centres
  • Geographies of financial exclusion and payday lending
  • Geographies of the everyday financial subject
Professor Sarah Hall Economic Worlds
  • Geographies of finance
  • Geographies of elites
  • Cultural economy
Professor Andrew Leyshon Economic Worlds
  • Geographies of money and finance
  • The platform economy
  • Geographies of the creative economy y
Professor Louise Crewe Economic Worlds
  • The production and consumption of fast and slow fashion
  • Retail interiors
  • The production and consumption of luxury


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