My academic interest is oriented around the ‘extraordinary sets of relations between people and places’ (Holloway & Hubbard, 2000:6). These ‘extraordinary relations’ circulate around a number of spaces of interest:
- Environmental Action and Identity
- Geography, Place & Culture
- Rural Political Action
- Water Worlds and Surfing Places
- Emerging Ontologies
- Literary Geographies
- Innovative methodologies and communication
These research interests have led to a range of international quality research publications and funding projects. They also inform my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, both of which have won national teaching awards (Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Teaching Excellence, 2009, 2011). My key publications include: Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces (2012), Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean (with Peters, K, 2013), and Page and Place: Ongoing Compositions of Plot (with Morse, S, 2013).
Surfers are model global citizens, according to geographer and sea-kayaker Dr Jon Anderson from Cardiff University’s School of City and Regional Planning.
While people may think of surfers as nomads obsessed only with catching the perfect wave, Dr Anderson argues that they care passionately about coastal areas and the people around them. Surfers’ focus on protecting what is most dear to them – coastlines – is turning them into stewards of the sea.
Dr Anderson explained his ideas recently to more than 1,500 people at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) annual International Conference.
A number of media interviews were conducted on these projects. The following is a radio interview with BBC World Service (31 Aug, 2011)
and a BBC TV News interview with George Alagiah (GMT, BBC World News, 31 Aug 2011).
Links to the presentations given at the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers Conference in Kensington Gore, London, September 2011 can be found on Dr Jons Anderson's Spatial Manifesto Website.
Ph.D. ‘Environmental Direct Action: making space for new forms of political community?’ School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK (1996-2000).
MSc, Environmental Policy and Management, University of Hull (1995-1996).
BA Hons, Geography, University of Hull. Class: 1 (1992-1995).
Culture, Space and Place (Module Leader).
Geographical Ideas (Module Leader).
Practising Geographical Research.
Sustainability in Practice.
Richard Cheng-Yu. Sustainable Development in Protected Areas: Resolving the Conflicts Between Protected Area Management and Indigenous Peoples. 2004 - 2009. Self-funded.
Hui Yu-Yu. Consumer Space and Identity: The Eslite Phenomenon. 2006 - Self-funded.
Kathryn Erskine. Finding a place through liminal travel: the role of the gap year. 2009 - ESRC 1+3 Scholarship.
School and other Responsibilities
Member of BSc City and Regional Planning Course Team (2003-5)
Member of BSc Human Geography and Planning Course Team (2003-present)Member of the MSc Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy course team (2003-4)
Member Staff-Student Panel (2003-present)
Learning & Teaching Committee
Graduate School Committee
Year Tutor for City & Regional Planning BSc Year One (2004-5)
Year Tutor for Geography (Human) & Planning BSc Year Three (2005-present)
Module Leader for Gregynog Field Study Visit (BSc1 City & Regional Planning) (2003-5)
MSc Co-ordinator for the MSc Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy (2004)
MSc Geography, Policy, and Practice Course Director (2008-present)
Research Team Roles
Environment Group Seminar Series Co-ordinator (2005-present)
Environment Group Member Environment Research Group (2003-present)
Member Centre for Rural Environment and Society (CRESS) (2005-present)
Research Associate of BRASS (Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society)’ ESRC Research Centre (2005-2008)
Step up to University Widening Access Geography Co-ordinator (2008-present)
Liaison with EARTH for Geography Open Days (2008-present)
UCAS Open Day Presenter (Geography) (2008-present)
Specific Administration Roles
Personal Development Planning (PDP) Officer (2004-present)
Research Ethics Committee Member (2004-present)
Senior Personal Tutor (2004-present)
My research focuses on the relations between culture, place, and identity. I am particularly interested in the geographies, politics and practices that such relations produce. Four main strands have constituted this portfolio of interest, and a fifth strand is emergent from these.
- Geography, Place and Culture
- Rural Political Action
- Environmental Action & Identity
- Methodology & Place
- Surfing Places
These research interests have led to a range of international quality research publications and funding projects. They also inform my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, both of which have won national teaching awards (Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Teaching Excellence, 2009, 2011).
This interest focuses on the reciprocal relationships between the discipline of geography, the practice of culture, and the creation of place. This interest has grown out of two externally funded research projects (NB) and has resulted in a range of peer-reviewed journal papers in the areas of local culture and place [1-2], cultures of nature , theories of place , and the role of geography in making cultural citizens . I have participated in a range of ESRC seminar events and conferences, and contributed scholarly reviews in this area [see 6-9]. Most significant to this strand of research is the publication of an international textbook that establishes a new agenda for the cultural geography of place . This key text, ‘Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces’ was published by Routledge in September 2009.
(2008-09) Sports Council Users Survey. Sports Council for Wales, £3,535.
(2007-08) Surfs Up! Participation Regimes and Motivations for Surfing in Wales. Sports Council for Wales, £9,463.
(2006-08) Grassroots Rural Protest and Political Activity in Britain. ESRC Research Grants Scheme. £198,249. Joint application with Dr M Woods.
(2006-07) Being Ecological? Managing Multiple Identities through Environmental Action. The ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society £1,200.