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Map of the month. Mapping the Mississippi

A blog by Dr David Beckingham  This map consists of six original individual survey sheets of Louisiana, each measuring 16½ by 20 inches.  They are a product of the United States Geographical Survey’s desire to produce a topographical atlas of the country, which it began in 1882. Described as being of ‘average public importance’, the …

Repton Revealed

A blog by Professor Emeritus of Cultural Geography, Stephen Daniels The exhibition Repton Revealed, which I have curated at the Garden Museum, Lambeth, celebrates the bicentenary of the landscape gardener Humphry Repton, and runs till February 2019. https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/repton-revealed/ It brings together many key works on paper of his career, including 24 of his hallmark Red …

Researching the history of greenspace in Croatia to inform the planning for sustainability

A blog by PhD student Neven Tandarić on his research The interface between the environment and society is essential to geographical research. It links the two large domains through the space-time continuum. Reflections of the interaction between the two domains are materialised in space providing us with the subject of study. The dynamic of scientific progress …

The macro problem of a ‘micro’ pollutant

Tom Stanton, PhD researcher in the School of Geography and Faculty of Engineering, outlines his research on microplastics. From the upstream reaches of rivers to the remote Arctic, microplastic pollution persists throughout aquatic environments. All smaller than 5 mm – that’s about the size of the stud on top of a Lego brick – microplastic …

Science by the sea

A blog by Professor Sarah Metcalfe Sarah Metcalfe attended the 2018 meeting of the Mexican Geophysical Union in Puerto Vallarta (Picture 1, main image) on Mexico’s Pacific coast.  Luckily, hurricane Willa, which had made landfall the previous week, missed Puerto Vallarta, and had caused little damage when it reached the coast of Sinaloa, further to …

A day in the life of an Economic Geographer…..Joe Hewitt

A blog by Dr Joe Hewitt I am a Teaching Associate in Economic Geography here at the School of Geography and am fairly new to this role having joined as a staff member in September 2018 after obtaining my PhD in Human Geography from the University of Nottingham earlier this year. My most recent research …

Why remote sensing is important in the fight against modern slavery and environmental destruction

A blog by PhD student Bethany Jackson According to recent estimates by the International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation (2017) there are currently 40.3 million people enslaved globally. Many of these people are found within South Asia. My research in particular is looking at two industries within this region in which modern slavery is …

Tales from the Yangtze Riverbank

Professor Suzanne McGowan and Linghan Zeng write about their recent trip to China. The SIL Congress 2018 is an international meeting for limnologists (people who study inland waters including lakes and rivers). Held every three years, this meeting was in Nanjing, within the lower Yangtze floodplain of eastern China. A perfect setting for Linghan Zeng, …

UK economic geography on the move at the Fifth Global Economic Geography Conference, Cologne, 24-28 July 2018

A blog by Professor Sarah Hall It is an interesting time to travel to attend international conferences as an economic geographer, working in a geography department, in the UK. Of course, there are longstanding debates that are by no means specific to economic geography concerning the place of the international conference in academic work.  Indeed, …

The real rumble in the jungle: violence, conflict, gold mining and environmental destruction in the rainforests of Colombia

A blog by Dr Nick Mount  Colombia is in the process of transitioning from one of the most protracted civil conflicts in the world to peace. However, one of the major questions for post-conflict transition in Colombia is how to ensure the inclusion and participation of vulnerable and marginalised groups in transition processes so that …