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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 …

Mexico Field Trip 2020

A blog by Geography student Amy Knott The field trip was part of the ‘Quaternary Environments’ module, which focuses on environmental change throughout the lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula, exploring the relationship between climate, environment and society. We designed our own project, which would analyse either the chemistry of modern aquatic environments, long term change …

Map of the month. Motoring Maps

A blog by David Beckingham The School map collection is primarily organised by country, with drawers then differentiated according to scale and only comparatively rarely by distinctive category.  However particular types of map can be found right across the collection, and there are occasional groupings of specialist maps.  The collection contains many different travel and …

Research leave or garden leave?

A blog by George Swann “Is that another name for garden leave?” “So, are you on holiday for the next few months?” Just some of the comments I received from friends when I mentioned that I would be on “Research leave” from October 2019 to January 2020. This partly reflects the perception that many people …

The 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Wall: Berlin Field Trip Blog 4th – 9th November 2019

A blog by Vicky Jolley Berlin. Somewhere I have never visited, yet heard of consistently throughout GCSE History, Geography, in general news and more recently, as a popular city break destination. As a geography student, it was important for me to take the opportunity to visit a new place whilst completing my degree. Berlin doesn’t …