A big thank you to my students for nominating me - see the "Teaching" tab to the right for full details.
I have a number of ongoing research interests which focus on memory and heritage in social and cultural geography. I'm interested in the public experience of architectural heritage and how architects of the past tried to predict the futures that their buildings would encounter. I'm also interested in the intersections between heritage and mobility and how the movement of things is remembered. With Cap-a-Pie and Ouseburn Farm, I lead the "Fizzywig the Pig" project which breaks new ground in the onging engagements between Higher Education Institutions and schools. See the "Research" tab to the right for full details.
I teach on a number of compulsory modules in Human Geography here at Newcastle, and I'm the module leader for our principal first-year methods course. See the "Teaching" tab to the right for full details.
I completed my PhD at Aberystwyth University I joined the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology as a Teaching Assistant in January 2011.
In March 2012 I joined the School of Geography at the University of Leeds as a Teaching Associate (promoted to Teaching Fellow), before returning to Newcastle in September 2013 as a Teaching Fellow.
Prior to receiving my PhD I held a number of teaching and administrative posts at Aberystwyth University.
My students have nominated me for a NUSU Teaching Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Feedback. Thank you all very much! I'm delighted to have received the nomination. The shortlisting process is now underway, but details of last year's TEA event can be seen on their Facebook page.
Geo1018: Geographical Analysis (Module leader, and all second semester content)
Geo2043: Key methods for Human Geographers (lecturing)
Geo3099: Dissertation (supervision)
Geo2111: Doing Geographical Research: theory and practice.
Geo1018: Once Brewed residential fieldcourse
Geo1015: Contemporary Human Geography of the UK
Geo2123: Copenhagen fieldcourse
Geog1025: Leeds: From the Local to the Global
Geog1310: People, Place and Politics
Geog2020: Political and Development Geographies
Geog2035: Geographies of Economies
Geog2040: Inside European Cities (Belgrade fieldcourse)
Geog2065: Research Methods with Career Skills
Geog3052: Media Geographies
"Fizzywig the pig: performing geographical insights from universities to schools" is a collaboration with Cap-a-Pie, a theatre group who specialise in pedagogic theatre techniques, based at Ouseburn Farm. I am co-designing/producing a performance workshop for primary school age pupils in which key geographical insights on political ecology and sustainability from the first year geography module, Geo1018 Geographical Analysis, will be re-shaped so that they can be explored and performed by children of primary school age. The workshop will introduce them to ideas of how people engage with and utilise the natural and living world, not by traditional pedagogic means, but by enveloping them in performed scenarios where human and natural worlds meet one another. The few publications that focus on the gap between “school geography” and “degree geography” cogently analyse the differences between them, but only hint at how we might bridge that gap. The pilot Fizzywig the Pig workshop will actively target that gap, developing practices that will "re-make" degree level geographical ideas for primary school pupils. This project is funded by the School of Geography Politics and Sociology, and updates will follow in the near future.