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Bearing the weight: Dis-figuring understandings of fatness in the gym

2020 dissertation prize winner, Lottie Ross, reflects on her dissertation: I was initially intrigued by the feelings a particular space (notably the gym) could induce, just by being a passive being in it. As my research began, I quickly learnt that no physical body is ever passive in space but contributes both directly and indirectly …

Placement joys: the Parkyns Collection

A blog by Matthew Carter, a PhD History student at the University of Nottingham, during a part-time, M4C-funded placement with the Nottingham Museums and Galleries Service in 2020. Matthew’s supervisors are Charles Watkins, Ross Balzaretti and Onni Gust. The newly-renovated bird room at Wollaton Hall includes some fascinating specimens from the Parkyns Collection, which consists, …

Blog of Blogs 2020

2020 has been an unusual year to say the least, but we still have some great research to share with you as a round up to the year! We hope you all have a relaxing Christmas break and a very Happy 2021! Matt Jones shares some blogs and projects he has been involved in below: …

The School of Geography Map Collection goes online

Are you a student or staff member or somebody who just loves maps?   Maps in the School of Geography’s extensive collection are now searchable via the University’s library discovery tool, NUsearch. About the collection The School of Geography map collection is the main cartographic holding within the University and one of the largest in the East Midlands, comprising over 85,000 paper …

Global Biofuel Production Trend: The inevitable energy bio-future for achieving global climate target

A blog by Basiru Shehu Gwandu My research focuses on exploring locational criteria to optimise biofuel production potential in Nigeria. The research looks into finding most suitable lands in the country for cultivating biofuel crops largely on the basis of ecological requirements of the crops. Then optimise locations for biofuel processing based on the identified …

Situated education in a time of pandemic

A blog by PhD researcher, Anna Colin My PhD research is dedicated to exploring – conceptually, organisationally and physically – alternative learning, social and arts centres in the UK, from 1884-2022. The alternative space that constitutes the object of my study is a building-based, locally-rooted, democratic and emancipatory cultural, educational and social centre in which …

Hospitality on pilgrimage routes: a new tourist paradigm?

A blog by Leonardo Porcelloni  As part of my research on the ancient route via Francigena I have been investigating the pilgrimage phenomenon in its modern tourist form. I am doing this through participant observation and a series of interviews aimed at those providing hospitality and other figures involved in tourist management of via Francigena. …

Engaging with ‘lay’ and ‘expert’ perspectives about the emerging environmental dimensions of antimicrobial resistance

A blog by PGR student, Anthony Shenton According to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most important challenges that we face with an estimated 700,000 deaths related to AMR occurring every year that could rise to 10 million every year by 2050. Although AMR is a term that is used …

Map of the month. Workplace views

A blog by David Matless May 2020. The School of Geography, and its map collection, are locked down. The ‘Map of the Month’ blog is out to grass for now, but another element of the School collections has recently been restored to view, and provides the occasion for this piece. Within the School’s archive room …

Rethinking my fieldwork at the COVID-19 time

A blog by Leonardo Porcelloni  My research mainly concerns mobility, ancient landscapes and socio-cultural relationships. Fieldwork methods include qualitative face to face interviews as well as archival research. The interviews scheduled for this spring and summer have, of course, had to be cancelled. We cannot ignore the context of the current situation; in fact, while …