Postgraduate research opportunities for 2017 admission

Postgraduate research opportunities for 2017 admission

We are pleased to announce an exciting and diverse range of PhD projects for entry in 2017. Applications from prospective UK, EU and international students are welcome at any time.

Applying to undertake a PhD in Geographical and Earth Sciences

  • All applicants will need to complete the online registration process, accessible here
  • All applicants will need to upload information about their previous study (copies of your degree certificates and transcripts of undergraduate or previous degrees, and official translations if needed), a CV, and two supporting reference letters on headed paper. They must also upload a one page research proposal.
  • In addition, applicants whose first language (or the language of instruction for their first degree) is not English are required to include evidence of their English language ability. For more information please look here
  • International applicants will need to upload an image of their passport photo page.
  • Advice on visas can be obtained from the Recruitment and International Office (RIO). Information on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (external page here).
  • Please be aware that this is an outline for application to undertake a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Scholarship competitions and other funded schemes (for example, Research Council awards) will have their own specific requirements alongside of this.


College Scholarships are now available to fund PhD students. These are not tied to a particular topic, and so exceptional students interested in either Earth Surface Research or Human Geography may apply. The scholarships provide an annual stipend in-line with the Research Council rate (approx. £14,002) and tuition fees and are available to home/EU or international students. Applicants should apply to the university online (February 15th 2016).

The online application system can be found here:

Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for a College of Science and Engineering Scholarship on their application


MSc by Research

Please see our Earth Systems Research for all current MSc by Research opportunities in

Please contact the named supervisor on your chosen project to discuss the proposed research before you apply.

Further details on how to apply for a research degree at the University of Glasgow are here

MSc by Research - Marine and Coastal Science

There are many exciting opportunites for Marine and Coastal Science MScs by Reserach avaiable in the School.

In the first instance contact Nick Kamenos to discuss proposed research projects before you apply.

Further details on how to apply for a research degree at the University of Glasgow are here


Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG)

PhD studentships in the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG)

We are offering studentships in six areas of Earth Systems science:

  • Earth-life systems
  • Climate change
  • Planetary Science
  • Earth surface evolution
  • Shallow crustal
  • Global biogeochemical cycles

 Applications are to be made online via the graduate school of the College of Science and Engineering


Planetary science

 Shallow crustal projects

Angus Mitchell PhD Studentship Award 2017

Outline of the Award

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES), University of Glasgow, is pleased to announce a PhD studentship award, kindly funded by a bequest from Mrs Miriam Carol Mitchell, wife of one of our graduates, Dr (Charles) Angus Mitchell (BSc 1958, PhD 1964). The PhD studentship is intended to benefit a student undertaking research in the Earth or Natural Sciences, and provides for UK tuition costs as well as a stipend over the course of three years.

We invite outstanding candidates to apply for the Angus Mitchell PhD Studentship, to begin studies June 1st 2017. The research can be carried out in the following GES areas of expertise:

How to Apply

Please ensure that you have talked with a GES faculty member about your research plans to ensure that it is suitable to be carried out at GES.

GES will hold an internal competition to determine the awardee. The application will consist of:

(1) a research proposal of no more than 2000 words including references, in pdf format;

(2) a two page CV in pdf format; and

(3) a cover letter confirming your eligibility for a UK tuition fee waiver.

Please send these application materials by email to Prof. Deborah Dixon, Postgraduate Convenor ( by January 31st 2017.

A shortlist of candidates to be interviewed will be decided by an internal panel. The successful candidate will then be asked to submit a full application to the Graduate School of the College of Science and Engineering.

Angus Mitchell MSc by Research Scholarships 2017

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES), University of Glasgow, is pleased to announce 3 MSc by Research awards intended to benefit students undertaking research in the Earth or Natural Sciences. These awards are kindly funded by a bequest from Mrs Miriam Carol Mitchell, wife of one of our graduates, Dr (Charles) Angus Mitchell (BSc 1958, PhD 1964). Two of these awards will provide for UK/EU tuition fees (£4,121) and a stipend (£14,296); the third will cover UK tuition fees only. All three awards will include an additional £1,500 towards research costs.  Students must begin their research on October 1st 2017.

There is an application deadline of 17:00 February 28th 2017. Applicants will need to send the following to Professor Deborah Dixon (

  • a two page CV;
  • a 1000 word outline detailing how they intend to further develop the initial project;
  • and a cover letter confirming their eligibility for UK (EU) tuition rates.


Please click on one of the projects below to find out more information. In all cases, please contact the lead supervisor for any further information if required.

 Understanding mineralogical controls on mobility of metals in high-pH environments: an alkaline steel slag leachate case study 

 Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald, Dr Iain Neill, Dr Brian Barrett     Please click MSc A for further details.


New methods for solution chemistry and laser ablation dating at Glasgow: a Highland geology case study

 Supervisors: Dr Iain Neill, Dr John MacDonald   Please click MSc B for further details 


Development of predictive fluvial facies models: Huesca Fluvial System Spain 

Supervisors: Dr Amanda Owen, Dr Richard Williams       Please click MSc C for further details.


Rainfall-to-reach, real-time modelling of braided river morphodynamics

Supervisors: Dr Richard Williams, Dr Martin Hurst, Dr Brian Barrett    Please click MSc D for further details

NERC Funded PhD Studentships IAPETUS Doctoral Training Partnership

IAPETUS is a NERC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership, and has between 12 and 16 fully-funded postgraduate studentships for new, high-calibre PhD students who will be commencing their studies in September/October 2016.

Applications are now closed but the projects for 2016 can be found here:


IAPETUS’ postgraduate studentships are tenable for between 3 and 4 years, depending on the doctoral research project the student is studying and provides the following package of financial support:

A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council’s national rate, which in 2015/16 is £14,002 (pending confirmation).
Full payment of their tuition fees at the Home/EU rate & access to extensive research support funding.
Part-time award-holders are funded for between six (6) and eight (8) years and receive a maintenance grant at 50% of the full-time rate.

All studentships will commence in September/October 2016, except in exceptional circumstances.

Eligibility: All applicants need to meet NERC’s eligibility criteria to be considered for an IAPETUS studentship and these are detailed in NERC’s current studentship handbook. IAPETUS is only able to consider applications from Home/European Union candidates. International candidates are not eligible to be considered and where an candidate from another EU country has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies with IAPETUS, they will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship.

IAPETUS is looking for candidates with the following qualities and backgrounds:

A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or have relevant comparable experience;
In addition, candidates may also hold or be completing a Masters degree in their area of proposed study or a related discipline; &
An outstanding academic pedigree and research potential, such as evidenced through the publication of articles, participation in academic conferences and other similar activities.
How To Apply:

Prospective applicants are first asked to contact the project primary supervisor to discuss their fit to the project. Please do this as early as possible. The supervisor will advise whether the candidate should submit an on-line application to the University of Glasgow for graduate school entry.

Instructions on how to apply to the University of Glasgow can be found here:

Importantly, in addition to the materials requested by the University of Glasgow (application form, transcripts, CV, references), applicants should also include a cover letter, no longer than 2 pages of A4 in length, detailing your reasons for applying for a PhD and why you have selected your chosen IAPETUS doctoral research project.

University of Glasgow applications must be received by Friday 22nd January 2016. Candidates should ensure they are aware of what documents should be submitted for a complete application, and, if invited by the supervisors to apply on-line, sufficient time exists to complete the application. Only one candidate will be nominated by the supervisors for each project. These candidates will be considered at an IAPETUS-wide selection panel on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 and the successful candidates will be notified shortly thereafter.


Human Geography Research Group

PhD studentships in Human Geography

PhD Studentships in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow, 2016

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for 1+3, and +3, PhD studentships through its involvement in the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), which is an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

We welcome student proposals that relate to existing research strengths in the following areas:
• Geographic Thought and Practice
• Experimental Methodologies and Geographies
• Geographies of Exploration
• Geoaesthetics and the Anthropocene
• Human geographies of weather and climate
• Social and Cultural Geographies of the Natural Sciences
• Intercultural and interethnic encounters/social relations
• Political Geographies and Militarism
• Political Cultures of Internationalism
• Historical Geographies of Labour and Resistance
• Translocal Movements
• Urban Neoliberlism and its Contestants
• Critical (Subaltern and Feminist) Geopolitics
• Global Urbanism in Comparative Perspective
• Emotional and Embodied Geographies
• Mental Health and Illness
• Environmental Health and Development
• Environmental Change and Climate Justice
• Geographies of Children and Childhoods
• Historical-Cultural Geographies of Landscape
• Animal Geographies and More-than-Human Geographies
• Questioning Scottish Heritage

GES has an internal deadline of noon (UK time) 15th January 2016 for review of applications. Six applications will be chosen to go forward to the SGSSS for further review.

Eligibility: Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union. For full details on eligibility, please visit:

Internal Application Process: Within the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, prospective applicants with enquiries should contact Deborah Dixon, Head of Graduate Studies (, and talk over their plans with a prospective supervisor. A listing of Glasgow faculty can be found here:

Applications should consist of:
1. A proposal containing a title; introduction to the project; aims and objectives; research context; policy context (if relevant); research methodology; provisional schedule; and bibliography. Maximum word length including references = 2000.
2. A two-page CV.
3. A pdf generated by Glasgow’s ESRC Award Eligibility Checker Tool (go to

Applications to be submitted to Deborah Dixon


PhD studentships in Cultural and Historical Geography

PhD Studentships in Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Glasgow, 2017-18

The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for AHRC +3 PhD studentship opportunities, through its involvement in the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), a Doctoral Training Partnership of 8 Scottish HEIs.

The School Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES) welcomes student proposals which relate to existing research strengths in the following areas:

• Cultural geography
• Historical geography
• Landscape studies
• Historical geographies of science
• Historical geographies of resistance and labour
• Sci-Arts collaboration
• Arts, health and well-being
• Performance and ecology

Applications encompassing an interdisciplinary aspect are also welcome.
Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union.For full details, please visit

Applicants with a Masters degree (or currently studying for a Masters qualification) will be prioritised. To be considered for an award, candidates must have applied to study at the University of Glasgow and have provided two academic references through the university’s application system. Full details and the application form are available on the SGSAH website.

The deadline for scholarship applications is: Thursday 15th December 2016.

Within the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, prospective applicants with enquiries should contact Deborah Dixon, Head of Graduate Studies ( or Hayden Lorimer, Human Geography Research Group (

Details of research in the School of GES are available at:

Successful applicants to SGSAH benefit from fees, stipend and significant additional flexible funding to shape their doctoral training to meet their individual needs. SGSAH students will have access to the rich resources available in all Scottish HEIs as well as unique training opportunities developed in partnership with SGSAH’s 29 founding supporter organisations. These prestigious and internationally-renowned organisations include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, the National Galleries of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh International Book and Film Festivals, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and a diverse range of local and regional arts, culture and heritage organisations. They have committed to support students in a variety of ways including exclusive access to training events, mentoring, talks, visits and funded placements and internships.


AHRC PhD studentship in the Art of Earth-Building



Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship (3.5 yrs full-time), which will examine the place of relief models in modern geography (project details below). The studentship is in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and makes use of the Society’s collections. The award is made by the ‘Science Museums & Archives Consortium’, which is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. Due to begin in October 2017, the project will be supervised by Professor Hayden Lorimer and Dr Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow) and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG).

How to Apply

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in Geography, History, History of Science, or other relevant discipline, and, a Masters-level degree that satisfies AHRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training; or equivalent professional/occupational experience. Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience of working with museum collections and material culture, though this is not an essential for application.

Applicants should submit (i) a two-page curriculum vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, (ii) a sample of academic writing (approx. 2000-3000 words in length) and (iii) a 1-2 page letter outlining your suitability for the studentship to:

Professor Hayden Lorimer, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ ( no later than Monday 20th March 2017.

Interviews are scheduled to take place at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 18th April 2017. For further information concerning the project, please contact Hayden Lorimer (

For further information about RGS-IBG collaborative doctoral research go to

For further information about PhD research in Geographical and Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow go to:

Project details

This studentship project treats the physical relief model as its principal object of concern (See Figure 1), centerpiece for an investigation into geographical knowledge production, scientific education and public communication.

Most versions of geography’s intellectual history give primacy to ideas and theories conveyed by the written word (Livingstone 1992; Johnston and Sidaway 2004). In specific instances, the spoken word and the “talking head” have been employed to narrate geo-biographies and professional careers (AAG ‘Geographers on Film’). Recent scholarship has supplemented these approaches with a focus on the embodied practices of geography (Lorimer 2003), notably how disciplinary knowledge is forged, performed and contested through fieldwork as a disciplinary touchstone (Dewsbury and Naylor 2002), and the field-class operates as a landmark event in undergraduate degree studies (Lorimer and Philo 2009). A further approach has been to consider the discipline’s material culture. While recent work has studied geographical instruments and the objects of exploration (Withers, 2013), the physical relief model remains largely under-examined. Existing historiographical studies have focused on the use of relief models in the military, and as an aid to allied strategy and planning in World War II (Pearson 2002). Once a staple feature of geographical teaching and learning, of explanation and experimentation, and thus part of the discipline’s material and visual culture in the twentieth-century, the relief model demands further consideration.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relief model developed alongside a repertoire of techniques for diagrammatic, photographic and cartographic reproduction. As an educational and instructional aid, on display in universities and school classrooms, models have been differently deployed: to illustrate the emergence (and denudation) of surface landforms; to explain the nature of geophysical, hydrological, fluvial and coastal processes; to reveal subsurface geological structures; and, to show differing kinds of human response to environmental setting (land utilization; extractive industries). Affording height, width and depth to topographic representation, the relief model has been a standard fixture in Geography’s visual and material culture, as well as a charismatic feature found mounted onto corridor walls, adorning stairwells and entranceways in departmental and society buildings. Surviving examples have the status of relic forms. When in situ and in tact, today’s relief models tend to go largely unnoticed and unattended, judged too unwieldy to remove. Or they end up in storage, forgotten until unceremonious disposal in a skip at the back of the building.

Project Aim

To develop a historical geography of the relief model as a crucial component of geographical research and pedagogy over the last century.

Research Questions

- What roles did the relief model play within geographical learning, variously as university subject and in schools education, at differing levels?

- How was modelling craft (and the role of the relief modeller) developed and promoted across modern geographical culture, institutionally, technically, commercially and popularly?

- How should geographical relief models be understood in a wider culture of mid-twentieth-century popular science and pedagogy?

- What is the extent and health of the dispersed “archive” of surviving relief models in British university geography departments and schools today?

- What creative means of display can be designed to bring notable examples of relief modelling from geography’s past into correspondence with current-day technologies for three-dimensional terrain visualisation and representation?

Relevant Collections

The Royal Geographical Society holds in store a notable collection of 24 large physical plaster relief models, originally made by Mr. T. Bayley especially for the purposes of photo-illustrating The Earth’s Crust: A New Approach to Physical Geography and Geology (1951), a general interest book written by Sir L. Dudley Stamp (President of the RGS, 1964-6). The RGS Map Room also has on display a fibreglass relief model of Mount Everest (1:2500/5-meter contours), prepared by Sigurds Rauda from contouring by Swissair Photo Surveys of Zurich (a project of the US National Geographic Society and Boston Museum of Science). The RGS Collections hold the extensive ‘Philips Archive: Catalogues & Lists’ [c.1892 – 1948]. George Philips and Sons Ltd. was one of Britain’s foremost commercial suppliers, nationally and internationally, of geo-cartographic products and apparatus to schools, colleges and universtities, including relief models (wall-mounts and flat-bed) and associated poster reproductions. The RGS’s extensive map and atlas collection, and its archival and published holdings, are also valuable as records of the discipline’s attitudes to and applications of models. Supplementary use will be made of the holdings of the Science Museum Group, which contain a good number of relief models and a large collection of maps.


The studentship approach will be rooted in the established practices of historical geography and the history of science, involving the handling and interrogation of archival material as well as items of material culture.

Year 1 will involve a series of critical reading and writing exercises familiarising the student with relevant fields of literature in historical and cultural geography, history and philosophy of science, material and visual culture. Additionally, the student will organise and complete a survey of UK university geography departments/schools (and regional/national societies) to ascertain the nature, extent and health of the surviving “archive” of relief models. Preliminary findings will be reported and photo-shared through social media.   

Year 2 will be dedicated to archival and collections-based research inquiries. Additional to the holdings of the RGS (see ‘Relevant Collections’ above), the student will seek:

(i) To generatea suite of geo-biographical profiles of makers and modellers, as devices by which specific relief model stories can be re-told.

Key questions to address will be:who were the master-modellers involved in notable geographical projects, and what was the nature of their training and trade? What was the relationship between craftsmen modellers and the commercial firms supplying models to universities and schools? Who were the geographical educators involved in the simplifying specialist modelling techniques for use in classroom settings? How did university geography departments commission or produce specific relief model works for use as learning aids or in display spaces?Compiling the origin story of The Earth’s Crust will be central to this programme of geo-biographical activity. The extensive collection of Professor L. Dudley Stamp’s correspondence and papers (held in University of Sussex archives) will be invaluable in this regard.

(ii) To subject design/built form of individual relief models to detailed scrutiny so as to better understand technique and appreciate aesthetics in the art of earth-building.

Key questions to address will be: What were the materials and techniques of relief model building? How did the art of model building utilise data in other representational and statistical forms (contouring maps; aerial photographs; geological maps; site surveying)? How were static relief models designed, fabricated, painted and decorated so as to enable effective explanation of dynamic geo-physical processes? What kinds of technical innovation enabled a shift from static surface landforms to experimental relief models where landscape was dramatised through demonstration (i.e. with active fluvial and volcanic features)?

Year 3 will be directed at the completion and submission of the student’s doctoral thesis, drafting, submission of an academic journal article and research presentation at a suitable international academic conference.


Additional 6 months (Student Development) will be dedicated to programming and delivering a temporary public exhibition – ‘The Art of Earth Building’ – at RGS, London.


A full copy of the AHRC CDP-SMAC application can be provided on request:

PhD Studentship in 'Collecting Worlds, Learning Geography'

Leverhulme Trust funded PhD Scholarship in the History of Geography

'Collecting Worlds, Learning Geography: Disciplinary History and Knowledge Production in the Undergraduate Geography Degree'

Supervisors: Prof Hayden Lorimer and Prof Christopher Philo (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences).

What should a learning geographer know, and how might it be possible to keep telling “small stories” of geographical knowledge production from the bottom-up? This PhD studentship is an opportunity to think critically about the modern intellectual and pedagogic history of geography through two traditional elements of undergraduate degree studies: the fieldwork-based dissertation and the examination paper.

The geography dissertation is regarded by academic lecturing staff as a conclusive or defining test of independent ability, undertaken in the concluding phases of undergraduate degree studies. As a defining statement, the dissertation is also reflective of wider student learning, encompassing cultures of fieldwork activity, data gathering, processing and interpreting, and presentational design. Evidently, every student’s geography dissertation has a singular story to tell, and is representative of the undergraduate voice in university geography. Cumulatively, dissertations also speak to greater questions of disciplinary trends, character, range and change, and the ways in which diverse worlds, peoples and places, have been collected and documented by learning geographical researchers.

The examination paper has, for over a century, been accepted as a standard form of assessment in university geography degree studies. The design of examination papers and the formulation of specific questions reflect academic expectations about student abilities of knowledge acquisition and written expression. Changing styles of exam paper and question can also be reflective of trends and tastes in the discipline, either locally or as a greater scholarly community. In spite of its significance and centrality as a means of testing ability and classifying student performance, the examination paper remains all but unexamined in scholarship on the history of geographical education in higher education.     

Based on an archival-interpretive approach, studentship activities will centre on a large, unified collection of undergraduate geography dissertations and degree examination papers held by the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. The School retains a near-complete run of hard copy dissertations (regional; physical; human) submitted by final-year undergraduate Geography students, c. 1959-2016. Once chaotic and only semi-catalogued, Glasgow’s dissertation collection has been recently re-housed and newly organised with a searchable database, making properly accessible a unique archival resource spanning almost sixty years of intellectual and pedagogic change in academic Geography through the praxis of undergraduate students. Similarly, the School holds a significant archived collection of the question papers sat by student classes in examination diets at University of Glasgow c. 1913-1980. (Additional, supplementary archival holdings collected by the School include: student expedition photograph albums; student fieldwork reports; Drumlin, the annual student magazine).

Framed by scholarship in historical geography, the history of geography and geographical education, the project can variously address questions of knowledge production, spaces and scales of learning, scholastic conventions, local traditions, trust and credibility, cultural representation, cartographic literacy, and disciplinary integration and fragmentation. Ultimately, the studentship seeks to understand how the exercise of learning to become a geographer at University of Glasgow has, variously over time, reflected or resisted canonical disciplinary narratives.


Applications are welcome from students with interests in, variously: the history of geography; historical-cultural geography; histories of geographical education; histories of higher education. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Geography (2:1 or better), and a Masters degree in Geography, or a cognate subject area in the social sciences, or arts and humanities. Applications will be considered from individuals holding an undergraduate degree in Geography (2:1 or better), and a professional career history in geographical education likely to compensate for research training at Masters level. 

The PhD scholarship is part of the University of Glasgow's 'Collections' Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Centre.
Details of the University of Glasgow's Leverhulme Trust 'Collections' award can be found here:

The PhD scholarship provides 3 years of maintenance (c. £14,500 in academic session 2017-18), and covers University tuition fees (Home/EU rate only). Doctoral study will commence on 1st October 2017.  

Interested candidates are encouraged to make informal contact with the supervisors in the first instance.

Candidates wishing to submit an application should access the form here:

The closing date for receipt of complete applications is: Friday 3rd March 2017.

Queries relating to the application process should be emailed to Adeline Callander, Graduate School Administrator (

Summary of staff research areas in Human Geography

Deborah Dixon: Feminist Geopolitics; Monstrous Geographies; Art/Science Collaborations; Aesthetic Geographies. Deborah’s research work is primarily concerned with the interplay between poststructuralist and feminist materialist theories, as manifest in the biographies of various ‘monstrous’ forms, from Enlightenment beasts in the French countryside to the channelling forms of spiritual mediums, as well as the fleshy medium of Bioart, and the labouring bodies of migrant workers.

Dave Featherstone: Geographies of solidarity; Political Cultures of Internationalism; Historical Geographies of Labour and Resistance; Translocal social and political movements; Political Song (in association with the Janey Buchan Political Song Archive at Glasgow University); Climate Justice; Political Articulations of the Crisis. Dave's research is based at the intersections of political and historical geography. He has core research interests on the relations between space, politics and resistance/ subaltern contestation. He is keen to work with students who are developing a direct political engagement through their research in various ways.

Ozan Karaman: urban political economy, economic geography, and critical social theory and focuses on themes of neoliberal urbanism. Ozan has three ongoing research agendas: 1 Urban neoliberalism in Turkey: I particularly focus on urban renewal and regeneration projects implemented in Istanbul and the grassroots resistance against them; 2 Comparative urbanism: Through collaborations I examine variety of urbanization processes across the North-South divide with the goal of destabilizing and/or adding to existing conceptual categories in urban theory; 3 Theorizing the urban revolution: There is an increasing awareness among critical urban theorists that urbanization has become part and parcel of the predominant circuits of capital accumulation, instead of being secondary to them. Drawing from Henri Lefebvre’s work, this research agenda examines the emergence of the “urban society” and the meaning of politics in a completely urbanized world.

Hayden Lorimer: historical-cultural geographies of landscape; animal geographies and more-than-human geographies; environmental change and writing cultures; histories of geographical knowledge; experimental methodologies and geographies; geographies of the senses / sensuous geographies; regional writing and topographic cultures; questions of Scottish 'cultural heritage.'

Cheryl Mcgeaghan: Cheryl's ongoing research interests concern historical and cultural geographies of mental ill-health and asylum spaces, history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, histories of science, life-writing and biography, and psychotherapeutic practices such as art therapy. Methodologically, I am interested in critically investigating the practices of the ‘archive’ and using visual methods to capture situated memories.

Simon Naylor: Historical geographies of science, technology and exploration; Historical and cultural geographies of weather and climate. Simon's research investigates the historical geographies of the natural sciences, including botany, zoology, geology, antiquarianism, geography, meteorology, geophysics, and terrestrial magnetism, as well as economic and social survey. He is interested in the significance of specific places and settings for the development of scientific ideas, practices or techniques and in the relevance of particular spatial units - landscape, region, or nation for instance - for the conduct of science.

Hester Parr: Emotional and embodied geographies; Mental health and illness; Arts and Health; Experimental methodololgies; Ethnographies of everyday life; Creative writing. Hester is interested in geographies of emotions, embodiment and creativity with respect to health and well-being. Her research expertise includes 20 years of work on social and cultural geographies of mental health and illness. Hester has interests and experience in working via overt and covert ethnographies, collaborative film-making, focus groups, interviews-on-the-move, internet surveys and email-based research relationships, telephone interviewing and co-writing, participatory research relationships.

Chris Philo: Historical geography of mental health subjects (asylums, doctors, patients, 'illnesses'); Contemporary health geographies of different kinds of chronic conditions; Geographies of children and childhoods, with particular reference to the neglected fields of very young children; Episodes and people in the history of geographical inquiry; Philosophical and social-theoretical engagements with matters of geography, space and location.

Jo Sharp: Subaltern Geopolitics; Feminist Geopolitics; Social Ecologies of Zoonoses. Jo's research seeks to reconstruct an alternative vision of the current “war on terror” from the point of view of a continent which is usually rendered silent in various geopolitical visions, or little more than a “site of violence and disorder” and thus always offering the possibility of threat to security. She is also working on zoonotic transmission patterns among animal hosts, which are responsible for transmission to humans, and the key socio-economic and behavioural determinants of human disease risk in different agro-ecological settings.

Ian Shaw: Political geography; Political philosophy; More-than-human geographies. Ian is interested in the geopolitical transformations associated with the rise of drones in U.S. national security strategy and beyond. In particular, his approach emphasises why the drone is a political actor - a technology that is slowly but definitively changing social, territorial, and sovereign relations. The point of such work is to fully understand the objects and materials that are responsible for producing inequality, difference, and change in the world.