NATURVATION: NATure-based URban innoVATION
Professor Harriet Bulkeley (Department of Geography) and Professor Louise Bracken (IHRR Executive Director) have been awarded 7.8 million Euros from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme to lead a multi-partner project funded to understand how innovations with nature-based solutions can unlock the potential for sustainable urban development.
(6 Dec 2016) » More about NATURVATION: NATure-based URban innoVATION
Dissertation Award Success
Congratulations to Phoebe Kitchen who has received the Royal Geographical Society's Economic Geography Research Group annual student dissertation award.
(2 Dec 2016) » More about Dissertation Award Success
New EU Project Collaboration Across Biosciences, Geography and Business School
EU AMBER project launches its research on fragmented river systems in Europe.
European rivers provide water for drinking, food production and hydroelectric power, but they also support vital wildlife habitats and ecosystem services, such as fisheries. Yet only half of European freshwaters met the 2015 target of 'good ecological status', due in part to the fragmentation of habitats caused many thousands of dams and weirs. Some engineered structures perform vital functions such as flow management and hydropower, others are redundant. Improving stream connectivity is a priority for river restoration but effective rehabilitation of ecosystem functioning in European rivers needs to take the trade-offs imposed by barriers into account.
New NERC IAPETUS Physical Geography Studentships for 2017
For further information on the IAPETUS partnership please visit the IAPETUS website.
Deadline for applications is: 20th January, 2017.
(29 Nov 2016)
Geomorphology Dissertation Prize for Geography Student
Congratulations to 2016 graduate Caitlin Curry for being awarded the Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize, which is given annually to the best undergraduate geomorphological dissertation by the British Society for Geomorphology.
Hurricane Risk to Northeast USA Coast Increasing
The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research.
Hurricanes have gradually moved northwards from the western Caribbean towards northern North America over the past few hundred years, the study led by Durham University, UK, found.
The researchers suggest that this change in hurricane track was caused by the expansion of atmospheric circulation belts driven by increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
New York and other major cities along the Northeast coast of the USA could come under increased threat from these severe storms and need to be better prepared for their potential impact, the researchers said.
The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.
(23 Nov 2016) » More about Hurricane Risk to Northeast USA Coast Increasing
Defra Innovation Award Winner
Congratulation to Dr Sim Reaney who has won one of three innovation prizes for his entry in the Defra Flooding Competition.
(16 Nov 2016) » More about Defra Innovation Award Winner
Durham Appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Durham University has appointed Professor Antony Long as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost following a competitive recruitment process. Antony is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University and will take up his new position on 1st November, 2016. He succeeds Professor Ray Hudson who retired in April this year.
Professor Long holds both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physical geography from Durham University. His research expertise is in past and future sea-level change, a topic on which he has published extensively. He has also contributed to and led a number of prestigious external working groups and advisory boards.
(11 Oct 2016) » More about Durham Appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Rest and Well-being - World's Largest Survey
Over two thirds (68 per cent) of the public would like more rest, according to the world's largest ever survey on the topic.
The results of the survey, led by Durham University researchers, also revealed that nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents said they need more rest than the average person, while 10 per cent think they need less.
(27 Sep 2016) » More about Rest and Well-being
Durham Geographer Providing Research for National Flood Resilience Review
Dr Jeff Warburton has been working with colleagues from Liverpool, King's College and Southampton to capture the full range of possibilities for future flooding frequency and magnitude.
Geography Graduates Highly Commended in 'Junior Nobel Prize'
The Undergraduate Awards (UA) has announced the winners of the 2016 programme, and the Department of Geography have two 'Highly Commended' entrants. Isabel Airas and Amy Batley were both highly commended for their entries in the category 'Politics & International Relations', with Isabel receiving commendations for two entries submitted.
'Rest & its discontents' - a new exhibition on rest, stress, noise & mind-wandering at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London
Hubbub, one of our Department's large interdisciplinary projects (which has spent a two year residency in The Hub at Wellcome Collection) explores rest and its opposites in neuroscience, mental health, the arts and the everyday. Hubbub has developed a new exhibition - Rest and its Discontents - that runs 30th September - 30th October, 2016 at the Mile End Art Pavilion in East London. Senior researcher Dr James Wilkes, an Associate Director of Hubbub, and the arts lead for Hubbub, has worked with curator Robert Devcic (of GV Art) to develop the exhibition and the events series.
Rest matters to everyone. Its presence, absence and quality affects mind, body, culture and society. Rest & its Discontents explores the dynamics of rest, stress, relaxation, sound, noise, work and mindwandering in an evolving laboratory of moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and debate.
(16 Sep 2016) » More about Rest & its discontents
PhD Student Through to National 3-Minute Thesis Competition Final
Could you present three years of work in just three minutes? Durham University PhD student, Jenny Horrocks has risen to the challenge and will represent the University in the national final of the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in Manchester next week.
Jenny is a 3rd year PhD student from the Department of Geography who will present her research on the Antarctic to a panel of judges and a public audience to compete in this national competition. Her presentation is entitled 'Reconstructing West Antarctic ice sheet history, using marine sedimentary archives'. This research project investigates how ice in the Antarctic has behaved in the past in response to earlier warm periods, in order to predict how it might respond to climate change today and in the future.
Geography Team Sail into Uncharted Waters to Study the 79N Ice Shelf in NE Greenland
A team of researchers from Durham University with colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany have been the first to enter and map previously uncharted waters in front of the North East Greenland Ice Stream on the ice breaker RV Polarstern.
The focus of the Durham group's work is the investigation of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS) and the large floating ice shelves that front it (79N Glacier and Zacharriae Isstrom). These two ice shelves buttress the flow of ice from the ice stream to the ocean and are the some of the last remaining in the Northern Hemisphere. In recent years they have begun to disintegrate raising concerns that this part of Greenland has started to respond to both rising air and ocean temperatures (Mouginot et al., 2015) and could potentially make a significant contribution to future sea-level rise.
From Riches to Rags - The US Health Story
The United States of America has gone from health to sickness in the space of 25 years, according to new analysis of US health data.
However, public health researchers say it doesn't have to be doom and gloom for the richest country in the world.
(30 Aug 2016) » More about From Riches to Rags - The US Health Story
Meltwater ponds on East Antarctica's ice surface
Durham Geography researchers, led by MRes student Emily Langley, have monitored, for the first time, the evolution of meltwater ponds on the surface of a glacier at the coast of East Antarctica. In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, they show that melting of the ice surface is a common and significant process governing the loss of mass from the Greenland Ice Sheet. However, in Antarctica, and especially in East Antarctica where air temperatures rarely rise above zero, meltwater on the surface of the ice sheet is not often seen.
(18 Aug 2016) » More about Meltwater ponds on East Antarctica's ice surface
Durham Geography students among most satisfied with their degree according to NSS 2016
Durham Geography students are among the most satisfied with their degree at the end of their studies according to the National Student Survey.
RGS Grant Awarded to PhD Student
PhD candidate Zahra Hussain has been awarded the RGS Dudley Stamp Memorial Award which, every year, offers a number of small grants for PhD Students or Post doctoral researchers to assist them in research or study travel.
(5 Aug 2016) » More about RGS Grant Awarded to PhD Student
PhD Project: Biogeomorphic Response of European Rivers to Small Barrier Removal
- Dr Patrice Carbonneau, Department of Geography, Durham University
- Dr Martyn Lucas, School of Biological and Biomedical Science, Durham University
- Autumn, 2016
- Fees + maintenance grant of £14,296 p.a.
Extinction on the seafloor linked to past changes in productivity at the sea surface
The geological record contains many examples of extinction and evolution, but it is not always clear what role was played by climate changes in these events. Around 800,000 years ago, there was a mass extinction of over 100 species of specific organisms living on the seafloor ('benthic foraminifera'), but the cause of this extinction has remained enigmatic, especially because the deep ocean is considered to be the most stable habitat on Earth.
Chancellor's Medal Awarded to Professor Ian Simmons
For his significant contribution to Durham University, to Geography as a discipline, and to the critical challenge of understanding how society and nature co-evolve over history, Professor Ian Simmons has been awarded the Chancellor's Medal.
(16 Jun 2016) » More about Chancellor's Medal Awarded to Professor Ian Simmons
Prestigious Royal Geographical Research Grant Awarded to Undergraduate Student
Congratulation to Rudra Rhodes for winning this year's Henrietta Hutton Research Grant undergraduate award from the Royal Geographical Society for her dissertation project titled 'Slum entrepreneurship: rethinking the representation of Dharavi'.
Student dissertation inspired Geography graduate in founding successful construction firm
A Geography graduate whose dissertation inspired him to found a successful construction firm has spoken of how his time at Durham University prepared him for life and a career in business.
Ian Baggett was speaking during a return visit to his former department, where he was an undergraduate and postgraduate student in the 1990s and where the construction firm he co-founded, Brims Construction, is undertaking a million pound refurbishment.
Durham Staff Deliver Drone Flying Lessons for Budding Primary School Geographers
England 'won't make it past the quarter finals' in Euro 2016
England would get knocked out in the quarter finals of UEFA Euro 2016 if the tournament was based on how healthy each nation is.
Durham Geography Rises to 3rd in the UK in The Guardian League Table
Durham Geography was delighted to see its continued position in the top few programmes in the country rising to 3rd in the country in the teaching focused The Guardian University League Tables 2017, matching its position in The Times Good University Good and one behind its place in The Complete University Guide.
(23 May 2016)
New Study Pin-Points East Antarctic Ice Sheet's Vulnerability
A new study conducted by Durham PhD student Bertie Miles has pinpointed the vulnerability of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Vice-Chancellor and Warden's Scholarships 2016
We are pleased to announce the Vice Chancellor and Warden Scholarships for 2016 / 2017. There are three Postgraduate Taught Scholarships worth £6,000 available which are aimed at supporting applicants from under-represented groups within the University.
Deadline for applications: 4th June, 2016.
(11 May 2016)
Undergraduate Photography Competition 2016 - Voting Now Live
The Undergraduate Photography Competition 2016 is now closed to entrants.
Voting is now available via the following links (one for each category). You will need your CIS login information to access the pages:
Voting will remain open until Friday 20th May, 2016. Winners will be announced shortly after.
Many thanks to all who have taken part, there have been some excellent entries for 2016.
(4 May 2016)
One Year On - Helping Nepal to recover from devastating earthquakes
The earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015 were a social, economic and cultural catastrophe. In the face of such devastation, relief and recovery become a global concern.
Over the last year Durham University has been working with a number of partners in Nepal and internationally on projects to inform relief efforts, understand ongoing risks, assist recovery and build future resilience.
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship - Call for Applications
Applications are invited for a Studentship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme in Geography focused on research that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies in the global south.
One Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship is available for the academic year 2016 - 2017. Applicants, who may be of any nationality, must possess a First or Upper Second Class degree, or equivalent in a relevant field of study. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding potential to undertake research at the highest level, as well as capacity and motivation to conduct research with strong potential to make a difference in society, especially for relatively low income populations in the Global South. Applicants must also meet with University requirements in English.
Hunger Pains - Life inside foodbank Britain
A new book by Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, 'Hunger Pains - Life inside foodbank Britain' looks at why foodbank usage is on the raise and how the major reason for people using foodbanks is due to the impact of welfare reform. It shows many people have experienced delays in payment and sanction which lead to prolonged periods with no income for themselves and their families and therefore have to turn to foodbanks.
(20 Apr 2016) » More about Hunger Pains - Life inside foodbank Britain
2016 Theme - Earthquake-Induced Landslides in Nepal
The focus for the first year of the Action on Natural Disasters programme will be earthquake-induced landslides in Nepal. Landslides are a perennial hazard in Nepal that pose a particular challenge to post-earthquake disaster response.
(16 Apr 2016) » More about 2016 Theme - Earthquake-Induced Landslides in Nepal
Geography Postgraduate Named UArctic Student Ambassador
Durham University Geography postgraduate student Heather Bell has been named one of 20 UArctic Student Ambassadors by the UArctic Board of Governors. As a Student Ambassador, Heather will have responsibility for networking among students across 170 member institutions that are committed to education in and about the circumpolar North. Other ambassadors come from from universities in Canada, Finland, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Russia, and the United States.
QS World Subject Rankings 2016 put Geography at Durham 3rd in the world overall and top for citations in the discipline
Durham has been ranked third in the world in geography in the QS subject rankings for 2016, and top in the discipline of the measures of academic influence, how many people read and use work done here, which is the gold standard for academic quality.
International Women's Day 2016
International Women’s Day, 8th March 2016, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call for action for accelerating gender parity.
(8 Mar 2016) » More about International Women's Day 2016
Undergraduate Photography Competition 2016
Prize: £150 Waterstones voucher for each category winner
Between 8th March and 29th April, 2016 the Department will be running an undergraduate photography competition. This year, as well as celebrating the many ways in which geography is represented in research, the department is marking International Women's Day by inviting photographs in the sub-category of "Women's Geographies".
Further details and submission information can be found on the competition page.
(8 Mar 2016)
Oceans and the Seabed: The Centre of Attention for Geography and IBRU
The Geography Department's Centre for Borders Research has always devoted much attention to maritime issues and the laws that govern the ocean regarding boundary delimitation. However recently that interest has stretched further. This past month, in addition to delivering a very successful international workshop in Washington, DC on 'Defining, Delimiting and Managing the Outer Continental Shelf' as well as a targeted training for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on boundary delimitation (with a focus on maritime boundaries), IBRU Director Professor Phil Steinberg has taken on a leadership role in the 'Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science (OceanGov)' network, which focuses on the governing of our oceanic systems, seas, coastlines and marine resources sustainably through a multi-scalar and cross-sectoral approach.
Risk Masters Scholarship: IHRR and Collingwood College
The Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience (IHRR), in conjunction with Collingwood College, is delighted to offer the following scholarship thanks to the generosity of one of our alumni. The scholarship is open to international students and will cover tuition fees and living expenses to the value of £29,347.
For full information on this scholarship and details on how to apply, please visit the Scholarships webpage.
For any enquiries relating to this scholarship, please contact: email@example.com.
The deadline date for this scholarship is 11th April, 2016.
(25 Feb 2016)
How Ice Sheets Collapse: A Lesson from the Past
The way ice sheets respond to global warming may be more predictable in the long run. Professor Chris Stokes explains how we can learn lessons from past ice sheet collapse.
Antarctica and Greenland may be two of the most remote places on Earth but what happens in both these vast landscapes can significantly impact on human activity further afield.
Recent changes seen in vast ice sheets could have serious implications for millions of people around the world who live in coastal areas. These ice sheets store enough water to raise sea levels by over 60 metres, and there are some very worrying signs about their stability, especially in West Antarctica.
(18 Feb 2016) » More about How Ice Sheets Collapse: A Lesson from the Past
An Exhibition of Work by Former Member of the Department, Ewan Anderson
Wednesday 6th January - Sunday 28th February, 2016.
The Undercroft Restaurant, Durham Cathedral.
Fully-Funded NERC Industrial CASE Studentship: Erosion Hotspots and Carbon Loss from Upland Peatlands
Durham University (UK), Departments of Geography and Earth Sciences in collaboration with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership are seeking well-qualified student for a fully-funded NERC PhD Studentship commencing October 2016.
Deadline: 3rd March, 2016 (5:00pm GMT)
(3 Feb 2016)
Postgraduate Open Evenings 8th and 15th February 2016
The Geography Department will have a stand at the forthcoming Postgraduate Open Evenings which are your chance to find out more about the Postgraduate taught and research programmes available to you in Geography and throughout Durham University.
(29 Jan 2016) » More about Postgraduate Open Evenings 8th and 15th February 2016
Drew Mulholland Talk: 'Psychogeography and the Hidden Music of Landscape and Space'
The musician and sound artist Drew Mulholland is to give a talk entitled 'Psychogeography and the Hidden Music of Landscape and Space'.
Monday 23rd February, 8.30pm.
St Mary's College, Kenworthy Hall. Durham University.
(27 Jan 2016)
PhD Project: Carbon Dioxide Emissions by the Weathering of Rock-Derived Organic Carbon
We invite applicants for a fully-funded PhD project as part of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 'ROC-CO2: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions by Rock-Derived Organic Carbon Oxidation' led by Dr Bob Hilton, Department of Geography, Durham University, United Kingdom (see http://roc-co2.weebly.com/).
Application deadline: 1st March, 2016 (5:00pm GMT).
(27 Jan 2016)
World's Largest Canyon?
The world's largest canyon may lie under the Antarctic ice sheet, according to analysis of satellite data by a team of scientists, led by Durham University.
(13 Jan 2016) » More about World's Largest Canyon?
When Will Britain Learn How to Manage Floods?
Following the recent floods in Cumbria, Dr Jeff Warburton and colleagues from universities of Liverpool, Southampton and King's College London, consider the best way to manage future floods.
Yet again, distressing images of flood damage and destruction in Cumbria, northern England are prompting calls for further investment in UK flood defences and fearful talk of climate change.
(15 Dec 2015) » More about When Will Britain Learn How to Manage Floods?
Helping Cities Tackle Climate Change
United Nations (UN) guidelines to help cities meet the challenges of climate change have been drawn up with the help of Durham University expertise.
The Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning have been launched by UN Habitat at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris.
The voluntary guidelines, which aim to encourage cities to recognise and act on their role in tackling climate change, have been drafted by an international team of experts including Professor Harriet Bulkeley.
(8 Dec 2015) » More about Helping Cities Tackle Climate Change
The MA/MSc In Risk Are Now Open For Applications
The MA/MSc in Risk are now open for applications.
You can apply via the MA/MSc in Risk How to Apply page.
(1 Dec 2015)
Antarctica's Role in Climate Change
Antarctica has long captured people’s imagination - from early explorers wanting to fill in the blank spaces on their maps to scientists today investigating the region’s response to climate change.
As the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are one of the dominant contributors to sea level rise, the cold region is crucial in predicting how sea level changes in the future, according to scientists at Durham University.
As the climate change conference scheduled to take place in Paris in December draws nearer, the researchers say Antarctica is crucial in the evolution of our planet over the next centuries.
(26 Nov 2015) » More about Antarctica's Role in Climate Change
The Importance of Social Science Research for Understanding Climate Change Induced Migration
The EU Cost Action IS1101 'Climate Change and Migration' project is coming to completion after four years of close collaboration between European and international partners from across the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy studies of all European member states.
New Physical Geography PhD topics for 2016
Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
The partnership will award at least 12 NERC funded studentships for postgraduate studies from October 2016.
See below for the list of eligible projects from Durham Geography.
(10 Nov 2015) » More about New Physical Geography PhD topics for 2016
'Them' Refugees - What does it mean to study the refugee & migrant crisis in our time?
As unprecedented numbers of refugees make their way through Europe, Dr Antonis Vradis is examining the way this group is challenging and transforming the European political landscape.
How Do You Rest?
The British public are being invited to share their experiences of rest as part of a national 'Rest Test'.
The Rest Test, launched on BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind, is an online survey to investigate the nation's resting habits and their attitudes towards relaxation and busyness. It is part of a collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Wellcome Collection's researchers in residence, Hubbub, led by Durham University.
(4 Nov 2015) » More about How Do You Rest?
First Student to Publish Their Project Work from the Geography Integrated Masters Programme
Congratulations to Marc Chang on the publication of a peer-reviewed research paper based on his research project in Year 4 of the Integrated Masters programme.
Award for 'Outstanding Young British Geophysicist'
Dr Pippa Whitehouse has been named as Bullerwell Lecturer for 2016 by the British Geophysical Association (BGA) in recognition for her work on Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) which is the study of the response to the Earth system to changes in ice and ocean loading during a glacial cycle.
(19 Oct 2015) » More about Award for 'Outstanding Young British Geophysicist'
Getting Real About Interdisciplinary Research
Dr Felicity Callard, Director of Hubbub, the first interdisciplinary residency of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, showcases her new book 'Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences' and argues that is it time to get real about interdisciplinary research with more focus on collaboration and less focus on structures and funding in this piece featured in The Guardian.
(15 Oct 2015)
Laura Harrington presents: The Liveliest of Elements, an Ordinary Extraordinary Material
10th - 17th October, 2015 in the Norman Chapel, Durham Castle
Free access for Durham University students and staff.
More Success for Undergraduate Dissertations in Royal Geographical Society Awards.
Student Harriet Lawrence has been awarded the 2015 undergraduate dissertation award from the RGS Economic Geography Research Group.
Harriet’s dissertation 'Following the thing - the ethical avocado?' was supervised by Dr Rob Shaw.
Many congratulations to Harriet.
(12 Oct 2015)
Emeritus Professor Alan Townsend Awarded the Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prize
Emeritus Professor Alan Townsend, Chair of the North East Research and Information Network, has been awarded the Sam Aaronovitch Memorial Prize for the best paper in Local Economy during 2014 for his paper 'The impact of recession on city regions: The British experience, 2008-2013'.
(29 Sep 2015)
Student Receives Royal Geographical Society Accolade for 2015 Undergraduate Dissertation
Student Kirsty Matthews has been awarded the 2015 undergraduate dissertation award from the RGS History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group. Kirsty’s dissertation 'Mattering the Mind: Subjectivity and not Knowing within Obsessive Compulsive Disorder' was supervised by Dr Paul Harrison.
Durham Geography Professor in Guardian Debate on NHS Data
Professor Sarah Curtis (Health and Risk) joined a panel including Norman Lamb MP, Baroness Judith Jolly, Baroness Joan Walmsley and Andrew Kaye (representing Independent Age), for a debate sponsored by the British Academy on the challenges of interpreting NHS data.
Durham Secures 5th in Good University Guide
Durham University is ranked 5th in the UK according to the Good University Guide 2016, an improvement of one place from the previous year. This latest ranking follows the rise of 31 places in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 - which placed Durham 61st globally - consolidating its position as one of the world’s leading universities.
(21 Sep 2015)
Into No Man's Land - An Expedition
(14 Sep 2015) » More about Into No Man's Land - An Expedition
New Study Tracks Permafrost Carbon Carried by Rivers to the Arctic Ocean
An international research team led by Dr Robert Hilton, has studied the fate of carbon eroded from Arctic soils in permafrost zones, tracking carbon through rivers to sediments in the Arctic Ocean. The research was recently published in the journal 'Nature'.
IBRU Release New Arctic Maritime Jurisdiction Maps
IBRU, Durham University's Centre for Borders Research, has joined with its consulting partner, Bordermap, to release a new map showing Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf claims. The original map highlights the full extent to all the claims submitted to date and the newest map highlights differences between Russia's recent claim, filed on August 3rd, and its original claim filed in 2001.
(10 Sep 2015) » More about IBRU Release New Arctic Maritime Jurisdiction Maps
Professor Sarah Curtis Appointed to British Academy Public Policy Committee
Professor Sarah Curtis FBA has been appointed as one of the 13 members of the British Academy's Public Policy Committee.
Geography Student Receives Commendation in Undergraduate Awards 2015
Congratulations to Isabel Airas for being named a 'Highly Commended' entrant in the 2015 Undergraduate Awards.
Understanding Landslide Risk in Post-Earthquake Nepal
In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.
Durham Geography Celebrates Excellent Scores in the National Student Satisfaction Survey
Durham Geography was delighted that in a strong performance in the NSS 2015, its BSc programme achieved an overall satisfaction of 97% the 4th highest Physical Geography programme among Russell Group Universities, with the BA programme achieving 93% the equal 5th highest Human Geography programme in the Russell Group.
Greta Ferloni Awarded RGS Political Geography Dissertation Prize
Congratulations to Greta Ferloni for being awarded the RGS Political Geography Research Group dissertation prize for her 2015 dissertation 'Evading Invasion: Soundscaping Urban Conflict in Jerusalem'.
The dissertation was supervised by Dr Noam Leshem.
(25 Aug 2015)
Making New Discoveries on BBC Horizon
Dr Jim Innes appeared on the BBC Horizon programme 'First Britons' on 19th August, 2015 to reveal new archaeological discoveries and help paint a different picture of the first native Britons. New evidence shown in the programme has forced scientists to rethink where the first Britons came from and what impact they had on early history helped by discoveries by Dr Innes.
(25 Aug 2015) » More about Making New Discoveries on BBC Horizon
Natasha Barlow at the Google Science Summer Camp 'SciFoo'
Natasha Barlow (Postdoctoral Researcher and Temporary Lecturer) in the Department of Geography, Durham University, spent a weekend at the science summer camp 'SciFoo' at Google Headquarters in June this year.
You can read more about Natasha's weekend at SciFoo here.
(16 Aug 2015)
Part-funded Masters by Research (MRes) Project: Linking Catchment Scale Sources of River Pollution to Freshwater Habitats
The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be able to offer a part-funded Masters by Research project (MRes) on linking catchment scale river pollution to freshwater habitats. Funding is available for tuition fees (home / EU rate) at Durham University for one year from October 2015. This project is in in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and will besupervised by Professor Louise Bracken (Durham Geography), Professor Tim Burt (Durham Geography) and Simon Hirst (NYMNPA).
Application deadline: August 19th, 2015.
(17 Jul 2015)
Durham Alumni Honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015
Victoria Wright, a Durham University Alumni from 1972, has been awarded an OBE for Services to Maritime Safety in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Vicky has been an active supporter of the RNLI as a Committee Member for the last 15 years, including six years as a Trustee and four years as Deputy Chairman.
Grant Success for Ice Law Project
The Leverhulme Trust’s International Networks Programme has awarded Durham University £125,000 to support the Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project), headed by Professor of Political Geography Phil Steinberg.
(2 Jul 2015) » More about Grant Success for Ice Law Project
Masters Students Communicate Climate Change in Newcastle
An event organised by the Department of Geography and Durham’s Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and Risk Masters students brought together three leading North East universities to communicate climate change in an unconventional way.
Honorary Researcher Wins Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize from the Royal Meteorological Society
Congratulations to Joan Kenworthy, now Honorary Researcher but former lecturer in the Department and Principal of St Mary's college (1977 - 1999), for winning the Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize from the Royal Meteorological Society for her work on the relationship between weather and historical events.
(27 May 2015)
Geography Ranked in top four again in Guardian 2016 League Tables
Durham Geography celebrates its third year in a row being ranked in the top 4 departments in the country in the Guardian University Guide 2016 tables - which are ranked solely on student education criteria. One of only two deparments to have consistently gained such a high ranking in the subject.
New Health League Table Shows North-South Divide
If the football Premier League table were based on life and death statistics, Chelsea would still be crowned champions but three of the biggest clubs would find themselves relegated - Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool.
This is according to a new analysis based on public health information by academics at Durham University, which shows a clear North-South divide.
Approaching the final day of the Premier League, the public health league table ranks areas local to each of the clubs from best to worst using key health indicators such as life expectancy, obesity rates, percentage of smokers and alcohol-related hospital admissions.
(19 May 2015) » More about New Health League Table Shows North-South Divide
CMMF Scholar Will Attend the Resilience Academy in Bangladesh in September 2015
Erwin Nugraha will join with other 26 international professional, academic scholars and researchers in Bangladesh for the Third session of the Resilience Academy. The Resilience Academy is an international annual programme organised by United Nations Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Munich Re Foundation (MRF).
Doctoral Researcher Wins Best Graduate Student Paper Award
Congratulations to John Morris, a Geography doctoral researcher, whose paper 'A Cultural Economy Approach to Performativity in Central Banking: The Lively Practices of Financial Stability' won the New Directions in International Political Economy Best Graduate Student Paper Award sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan at the Warwick 50th Anniversary Conference on New Directions in International Political Economy.
Details of the award and John's paper are available from the conference website.
(18 May 2015)
Durham Geography Ranked in the Top 5 Geography Programmes in the World
Durham Geography Ranked Number 2 in the UK
Durham Geography has been ranked 2nd in the UK for Geography by the Complete University Guide for the second year in a row to add to its 2nd place in last year's Guardian Guide.
(28 Apr 2015) » More about Durham Geography Ranked Number 2 in the UK
Launch of New Participatory Research Hub
Durham University launches its Participatory Research Hub on Monday 27th April, 2015, which aims to connect the need for research in the North East with relevant academic staff and student researchers.
(23 Apr 2015) » More about Launch of New Participatory Research Hub
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship - Call for Applications
Applications are invited for a scholarship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme of research in Geography focused on research that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies in the global south.
Election 2015 - The Constituency Explorer
Sinclair Sutherland, Project Manager of NOMIS together with Professor Jim Ridgway from the School of Education and have collaborated with ESRC and linked up with the House of Commons Library on 'Election 2015 - the Constituency Explorer' which provides information about individual constituencies across the UK on a wide range of topics.
(25 Mar 2015) » More about Election 2015 - The Constituency Explorer
Research Acknowledged in BBC Article
(25 Mar 2015) » More about Research Acknowledged in BBC Article
Durham cements position as a world top 100 university
Durham University has been ranked in the world’s top 100 universities for reputation, based on results of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Review rankings 2015.
(13 Mar 2015) » More about Durham cements position as a world top 100 university
HINEWS In the Press
A recent Guardian article on the exploitation of poor people's difficult lives for the sake of entertainment and the risks it poses of long-term damage to the Stockton-on-Tees community, quotes Professor Clare Bambra and her new million pound research project, entitled Health Inequalities In European Welfare States (HINEWS), on health inequalities at a time of austerity.
(11 Mar 2015)
European Grant Success
Congratulations to Professor Clare Bambra for securing Durham a European grant for £249k from NORFACE as part of a £1 million project entitled 'HINEWS: Health Inequalities In European Welfare States' being led by Professor Bambra and which brings together colleagues from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of London and the University of Siegen.
(4 Mar 2015) » More about European Grant Success
Part Funded Masters Studentships Available for MA(RM) and Risk Masters Programmes
Geography are delighted to be part of a scheme offering over 135 scholarships for Home / EU postgraduates at Durham University.
Researchers call for more targeted weight loss programmes to tackle obesity
Researchers are calling on the Government to introduce more weight loss programmes targeted at low-income women and children in deprived areas after research shows they have at least short term benefits in tackling obesity.
What happens to rivers after earthquakes?
Large earthquakes can cause huge devastation in mountains by triggering landslides. But what happens to the rocks, mud and sand when the shaking stops?
(15 Jan 2015) » More about What happens to rivers after earthquakes?
£ Million Hubbub Project
The Hubbub project, which has received £1.06m from The Wellcome Trust, brings together an international team of experts to investigate the meanings, benefits, histories and societal distribution of rest and busyness.
(12 Jan 2015) » More about £ Million Hubbub Project
Congratulations to the Risk Masters Students who graduated last week
Congratulations to all of our new graduates; those of you that received your degree in person and those who were unable to attend but received it in absentia.
New Year Honours 2015
The 2015 Queen's New Year honours list includes some Geography Alumni:
- Kathleen Dethridge (Geography, Trevelyan College, 1984) DBE for services to Education.
- Stephen Quartermain (Geography, St Chad's College, 1977) CBE for services to Planning Infrastructure.
Our congratulations go to our Geography Alumni.
(12 Jan 2015)
Professor Louise Amoore gave evidence at the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Professor Louise Amoore gave evidence at the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on 'Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies' on Wednesday 26th November, 2014.
The video session can be viewed on the Parliment TV website.
(9 Dec 2014)
NERC Advanced Training Short Course - Terrestrial Laser Scanning for the Geosciences
Durham University is offering a NERC funded Advanced Training Short Course in terrestrial laser scanning for the geosciences.
New Physical Geography PhD topics for 2015
NERC IAPETUS Partnership
Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The partnership will award at least 12 NERC funded studentships for postgraduate studies from October 2015. See below for the list of eligible projects from Durham Geography.
For further information on the IAPETUS partnership please visit the IAPETUS website.
(25 Nov 2014) » More about New Physical Geography PhD topics for 2015
Gas can be a bridge to a low carbon future, new research says
A major new piece of research outlines the role gas will play as a 'bridging fuel' to a low-carbon economy, but warns that it won’t be long before gas becomes part of the problem rather than the solution.
Congratulations to all Risk Masters Students from Academic Year 2013 - 2014 who have just received their results
The final Exam Board for the 2013 - 2014 cohort of students was held on 27th October, 2014.
The results were outstanding with 20 students being awarded a distinction for the MSc/MA, 5 a Merit and 3 a pass.
GUST Grant Success
(11 Nov 2014) » More about GUST Grant Success
Part Funded Masters by Research project on the development of effective approaches to flood risk reduction using natural techniques on Tutta Beck, County Durham
The aim of this one year Master by Research project will be to investigate the use of natural flood risk management techniques for reducing the flood hazard on Tutta Beck, County Durham. Tutta Beck in County Durham has experienced a number of high magnitude flood events in recent years and these have effected local properties. Proposals have been put forward for flood risk reduction measures using traditional measures at the point of impact. However, these measures were not acceptable to the landowner due to the impact on the property. Therefore, alternative methods of reducing the flood risk are required. There is the potential to use natural flood risk reduction techniques within the catchment area to reduce the amount of flood water reaching the houses.
Therefore, the aim of this research project will be to:
New Actions to Address the North-South Health Divide
Public health experts from Durham University have contributed to a major new report that aims to tackle the widening health gap between the north and the rest of England.
(15 Sep 2014) » More about New Actions to Address the North-South Health Divide
Durham Geography graduate speaks at the O2 Arena
David Saddington, a recent Geography BSc graduate (2014) and IHRR Masters student, has been selected to give a talk on climate change at the indigO2, London on October 11th.
(10 Sep 2014) » More about Durham Geography graduate speaks at the O2 Arena
The Department of Geography has received a national award for its progress in advancing gender equality in arts, humanities and social science careers in Higher Education
Geography has been awarded the Gender Equality Charter Mark (Bronze level) by the Equality Challenge Unit, in the first scheme of its kind for arts, humanities and social science disciplines.
Durham is the only Geography department in the country to have gained this award.
x3 MSc by Research Projects Available in Rockslope Failure and Evolution
As part of ongoing research on the erosion of the North Yorkshire coast, The Department of Geography at Durham University are pleased to be able to offer the following 3 MSc by Research projects, to commence in October 2014. The outputs of the MSc projects will be used to develop a new understanding of rocky coast processes and will feed into local and regional shoreline management. Each project covers a specific topic related to monitoring and modelling the mechanisms that drive rock slope erosion and evolution, and reflect the developing interests of the COBRA research group.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Sarah Curtis has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy
We are delighted that Professor Sarah Curtis, professor of health and risk in Durham Geography and executive director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Invited to Present Evidence at the House of Lords
Professor Phil Steinberg, Director of IBRU: The Centre for Borders Research, has been invited to present evidence to the House of Lords Committee on the Arctic specifically regarding Arctic law of the sea, security and international relations.
Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship - Call for Applications
Applications are invited for the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Scholarship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme of research in the Department of Geography. The Scholarship is to support research of high academic quality that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies in the global south.
Poster Success for Durham Postgraduate
Philip Robinson (final year PhD, human geography) won best poster in the Social Science / Economics category at the VI International M.bovis Conference held in Cardiff from 16th - 19th June, 2014.
(18 Jul 2014) » More about Poster Success for Durham Postgraduate
Geography Students Host Climate Change Debate in Durham
An event organised by Durham Geography Undergraduates brought the issue of climate change into the heart of Durham City.
Durham City Market Place was transformed into an outdoor cinema for the afternoon as students and members of the public packed into the square for two free screenings of the award winning climate change documentary 'Chasing Ice' on the big screen. The film displayed astounding time-lapse photography of melting glaciers to highlight the importance of tackling climate change.
Masters by Research Project on Flood Risk Management
The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be able to offer a part funded Masters by Research Project on flood risk management. The funding available for this project includes tuition fees (home/EU rate) at Durham University for one year and a £4,000 stipend.
This project is in partnership with Eden Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and the Roe Catchment Community Water Management Group.
New Multi-Million Pound Coastal Behaviour Project for Durham Geographers
Dr Nick Rosser, Professor Dave Petley and Dr Matthew Brain are involved in a multi-million pound project in collaboration with Cleveland Potash Ltd. which focuses on the application of cutting-edge monitoring and modelling to understand the coastal landscape around the North Yorkshire Moors National Park between Skinningrove and Whitby.
Durham Geography Ranked Number 2 in the UK
In the latest subject league tables produced by The 'Complete University Guide 2015' Durham Geography is ranked as the second best place to study Geography in the UK. Excellent student satisfaction scores have led in part to this great achievement as well as continued excellence in research.
(13 May 2014) » More about Durham Geography Ranked Number 2 in the UK
Risk Masters Scholarships: IHRR and Collingwood College
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), in conjunction with Collingwood College, is delighted to be able to offer one international scholarship and four tuition fee scholarships thanks to the generosity of one of their alumni.
'Antipode' Journal International Advisory Board Appointment Success
Congratulations to Dr Siobhan McGrath for being appointed to the International Advisory Board of the journal 'Antipode'.
4 Fully Funded PhD Positions in Monitoring and Modelling of Coastal Processes
We are seeking to recruit 4 fully-funded PhD students to work on the COastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA) project, from September 2014. The outputs of the four PhD projects will be used to develop a new understanding of rocky coast processes and will feed into local and regional shoreline management.
The closing date for applications is 17:00 (GMT), April 27th, 2014.
(28 Mar 2014)
Durham-led project receives £1million from the Wellcome Collection to investigate rigours of modern life
A Durham University-led project has been awarded £1 million by the Wellcome Collection to investigate the busyness of modern life. The project will be the first for The Hub, a flagship new space for interdisciplinary projects around health and wellbeing.
Flash Flooding University Challenge Final
Durham Geography students were selected to present their ideas at the Flash Flooding University Challenge Final. Sophie Emms (L2), Charlotte Fryer (L2), Shirley Koo (L2), Aaron Neil (L3), Rebecca Smith (L3) and Victoria Smith (L3) all won a place in the final to present their ideas. All of the students did an outstanding job, giving excellent presentations and showing great vision for innovative solutions.
(25 Mar 2014) » More about Flash Flooding University Challenge Final
European Grant Success 'Addressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies'
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no: 612869.
Dr Siobhan McGrath has been awarded a European Commission grant for her part in the DemandAT project which investigates different approaches to addressing and reducing 'demand' though anti-trafficking efforts and policies.
Durham's Geography Department ranked fourth in the world
Durham University has reinforced its position as a world-leading centre of research and learning according to its successful results in the latest QS World Rankings by Subject.
The University's Department of Geography is ranked fourth in the world, one place up on last year.
Geography Professor Delivers Lecture to Royalty
Professor Harriet Bulkeley was recently honoured to give a presentation on 'Climate Changed Cities' to His Royal Highness the King of Sweden in Lund, Sweden.
(26 Feb 2014) » More about Geography Professor Delivers Lecture to Royalty
RGS / IBG Dissertation Award Success
Matthew Pink has been awarded the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Dissertation Prize 2013.
(26 Feb 2014) » More about RGS / IBG Dissertation Award Success
Department of Geography Sutton Trust Summer School
We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2014 Sutton Trust summer schools.
(24 Feb 2014) » More about Department of Geography Sutton Trust Summer School
Previous rapid thinning of Pine Island Glacier sheds light on future Antarctic ice loss
New research involving geologists at Durham University suggests that the largest single contributor to global sea level rise, a glacier of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, may continue thinning for decades to come.
Thatcher's policies condemned for causing 'unjust premature death'
Public health experts from Durham University have denounced the impact of Margaret Thatcher's policies on the wellbeing of the British public in new research which examines social inequality in the 1980s.
Durham to Host Inaugural Geoforum Sponsored Workshop on Ethical Consumption and the Globalising Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies & Practices
Postgraduate Bursaries Available for Ethical Consumption and the Globalising Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies & Practices Workshop
We are delighted to be able to offer a number of bursaries for postgraduates to be able to attend and/or present a paper at the Inaugural Geoforum Sponsored Workshop on:
Ethical Consumption and the Globalising Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies & Practices
Durham University expert calls for worklessness to be tackled to improve public health
A Durham University health expert has contributed to a new British Academy essay collection aimed at reducing health inequalities.
Sustainable Cities & Climate Change Presentation to UN General Assembly
Professor Harriet Bulkeley gave a presentation on 'Sustainable cities and climate change' to the UN General Assembly on the 6th January 2014 in New York.
Peak District National Park Authority Grant Success
Congratulations to Dr David Milledge who has been awarded a research grant by the Peak District National Park Authority. The project 'Using flowmap to model impacts of restoration on flood events' was awarded £52K and aims to provide evidence on the impact of blanket bog restoration (gully blocking and re-vegetation) on downstream flood risk.
Collaborating with Manchester University and Moors for the Future, Durham University's role in the project is to use numerical modelling to provide an indication of the potential impact of restoration on water discharge. The model will use pre - and post-restoration data gathered from an ongoing monitoring effort by the University of Manchester at several identically sized and similarly instrumented mini-catchments, with differences in their specific restoration patterns.
(8 Jan 2014)
Award Success for Research Postgraduate
Congratulations to Research Postgraduate Benjamin Chandler who has been awarded the 2014 Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize by the British Society for Geomorphology for his undergraduate dissertation entitled 'Glacial geomorphology of Ben More Coigach, Northwest Scottish Highlands: Implications for Loch Lomond Stadial glaciation and palaeoclimate', completed at Queen Mary University of London.
(12 Dec 2013) » More about Award Success for Research Postgraduate
Professor Phil Steinberg discusses perceptions and governance of the ocean on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves
(6 Dec 2013)
Natural Environment Research Council Competition
Chris Darvill, a PhD student in the Department of Geography, has won 2nd place in a national writing competition and 3rd place in an accompanying photo competition.
(5 Dec 2013) » More about Natural Environment Research Council Competition
Department Success as Part of AHRC and NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships
Durham has been awarded funding by two of the UK research councils to support PhD studies.
Geography Researchers in Leverhulme Award Success
Each year The Leverhulme Trust awards up to 30 Philip Leverhulme prizes to recognise researchers whose future research career is exceptionally promising and whose work has already has a significant international impact. This year 3 Geography colleagues were in receipt of a Philip Leverhulme prize and were awarded with £70,000 each to use for research purposes.
(7 Nov 2013) » More about Geography Researchers in Leverhulme Award Success
Award for Geography lecturer
Congratulations to Dr Robert Hilton who has been awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist of the European Geosciences Union, GM (Geomorphology) Division, by the European Geosciences Union.
All the individual receiving awards in 2014 receive their honors for their contributions to earth, planetary and space sciences.
(18 Oct 2013)
NHS measures to exacerbate the 'north-south divide'
Professor Clare Bambra has written to the British Medical Journal along with fellow researcher Dr Alison Copeland, to express concerns that a new proposal by the NHS for allocating resources could lead to an increase in the 'north-south health divide'.
(18 Oct 2013) » More about NHS measures to exacerbate the 'north-south divide'
Durham Geographers Scoop Three Awards for Geomorphology
Durham Geographers received three awards at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Geomorphology, held at Royal Holloway, University of London in September.
Professor Clare Bambra was a panellist on two New Statesman fringe events
Professor Clare Bambra was a panellist on two New Statesman fringe events alongside two Coalition Ministers at the Liberal Democrat conference - on 'Innovation in the NHS' and on 'Integration in an era of competition - is it possible?'
Clare spoke on the same topics alongside the Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
(30 Sep 2013)
Professor Tim Burt, Dr Ian Evans & Professor Rob Ferguson Elected Fellows of the British Society for Geomorphology
BSG has just introduced fellowships and all past chairs have been invited to become inaugural fellows.
(30 Sep 2013)
The Wolfson Research Institute Demos fringe event
The Wolfson Research Institute had a Demos fringe event at a Labour conference on 'Health in Austerity' at which they launched a joint essay collection available to download from the Wolfson Research Institute home page.
(30 Sep 2013)
RGS / IBG Dissertation Award Success
Andrew Barratt has been awarded joint first prize by the Women and Geography Research Group for his dissertation on Place, Performance & Politics: A socio-spatial study into the community and experiences of the working drag queens of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, supervised by Rachel Colls. The panel commented that 'Andrew Barrett's work was a highly original and sophisticated piece of undergraduate research'.
Lucy Alliott was awarded runner up prize by the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group for her dissertation on Liquid life paths and elderly Chinese migrants: negotiating identity in relation to the family, also supervised by Rachel Colls.
(26 Sep 2013)
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet first grew 20 million years earlier than previously thought
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet may have begun growing 20 million years earlier than previously thought, according to research by an international team including Dr Stewart Jamieson.
East Antarctic Ice Sheet could be more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought
The world's largest ice sheet could be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than previously thought, according to new research from Durham University.
Geography Graduation 2013
Congratulations to all the Geography students who graduated in 2013.
In another very successful year, 196 Undergraduates and 17 Postgraduate students including 9 PhD students successfully obtained their degrees in 2012/13. The graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements took place on 25th June in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral where students, supported by friends and family, received their degrees from University Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen in a prestigious ceremony presided over by Vice-Chancellor Chris Higgins.
All the staff in the department wish all our Graduands very many congratulations on their success and good luck in all their future aspirations.
(28 Jun 2013)
Antarctic ice loss could be half that of previous estimates, study finds
Dr Pippa Whitehouse is among a team of researchers which says advances in simulations are enabling more accurate predictions of global sea-level rise due to Antarctic ice loss.
Professor Louise Amoore appears on Radio 4's 'More or Less'
Professor Louise Amoore appears on Radio 4's 'More or Less' to discuss the 'preventablity' of terrorism post Boston and Woolwich.
(6 Jun 2013)
Geography Ranked 2nd in Guardian 2014 League Tables
The Department of Geography continues to show high levels of excellence and student satisfaction and has been placed second in the subject area of 'Geography and Environmental Studies' in the latest Guardian University Guide 2014.
For more information visit the Guardian website.
(4 Jun 2013)
Fully funded PhD studentship in Local Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity: the Stockton on Tees Study
Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship as part of a large 5 year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project aims to provide a contemporary and innovative, theoretically informed, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, mixed methods intensive case study of the aetiology and experience of health inequalities in Stockton on Tees, North East England.
Deadline: Monday 24th June, 2013
(21 May 2013)
Graduation Reception & Prize Giving
Tuesday 25th June, 2013
Dunelm House, New Elvet
(17 May 2013)
Geography Students success at EA and CIWEN University Pollution Challenge Event
The EA (Environment Agency) and CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) sponsored a University Urban Diffuse Water Challenge. The Pollution Challenge is a university innovation challenge designed to encourage and develop ideas and research solutions to tackle urban diffuse pollution. This is the first time that the EA and CIWEM have run such an event.
Grant Success: Ocean Controls on high-latitude climate sensitivity - a Pliocene case study (OCCP)
Congratulations to Dr Erin McClymont who was successfully awarded a grant from Uni-Research Norway to explore Ocean Controls on high-latitude Climate sensitivity.
Durham University Department of Geography one of the best in the world
The new subject rankings by the ‘Complete University Guide’ has the Durham University Department of Geography ranked in third place which is one place higher than last year.
To see the full list visit The Complete University Guide.
This follows on from the excellent new that the Department have also ranked 5th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. Details of the complete list of rankings have yet to be released and will be made available as soon as they are published.
An excellent achievement by the whole Department.
(29 Apr 2013)
Mason-Dixon Line Surveyor Jeremiah Dixon star of new exhibition
The International Boundaries Research Unit and the Department of Geography are sponsoring an exhibition at Bowes Museum looking at the life of Jeremiah Dixon who although born to humble beginnings in County Durham was a renowned surveyor, cartographer and scientist who in 1763 surveyed the first accurate boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania which is now more commonly known as the Mason-Dixon Line.
The exhibition is on show from Saturday 27th April, 2013 - Sunday 6th October, 2013.
For more information visit The Bowes Museum website.
(29 Apr 2013)
A number of our Undergraduate Students who have got through to the final of the Environment Agency’s and the Chartered institution of Water and Environment Management’s Pollution Challenge.
This is a university innovation challenge designed to encourage and develop innovative ideas and research solutions to tackle urban diffuse pollution.
(4 Apr 2013) » More about Pollution Challenge
Dr Chris Stokes Awarded Gordon Warwick Medal
The award is made for excellence in geomorphological research by someone within 15 years of being awarded their doctorate.
(3 Apr 2013)
Human Geography in the UK the best in the world
The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) International Benchmarking Review of Human Geography at the Royal Geographical Society in London has concluded that UK human geography research is the best in the world.
(19 Mar 2013) » More about Human Geography in the UK the best in the world
Distinguished International Visitor, Professor Geraldine Pratt of the University of British Columbia
Professor Geraldine Pratt of the University of British Columbia will be joining us as this year’s final Distinguished International Visitor from March 4th - 8th.
Domestic Violence Research Taken up by Scotland's New Police Force
Professor Rachel Pain spoke about her research on domestic violence as terrorism at Scottish Women’s Aid conference on 5th February.
New Deputy Vice Chancellor
Congratulations to Professor Ray Hudson who has been appointed by the University Council to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
(31 Jan 2013)
New Year Honours
Congratulations to Carolyn Robson, a Durham University and Geography Alumni (1975), who was awarded a CBE for services to Education on the New Year Honours list.
(31 Jan 2013)
Fully funded NERC PhD studentship in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey on 'Modelling the age-depth and temperature profiles of the BAS deep Antarctic ice cores'
We seek applicants for a fully-funded NERC studentship, commencing October 2013. The successful student will be registered with Durham University, but will be based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, and will participate in regular supervisory meetings in Durham. Supervisors for the project are Dr Rob Mulvaney (BAS), Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Durham), Professor Mike Bentley (Durham), and Dr Richard Hindmarsh (BAS).
The closing date for applications is 28th February, 2013.
(17 Jan 2013)
Level 1 Pre-Arrival Study Skills Tasks
Recent work with our Freshers related to academic integrity and study skills techniques has resulted in a paper by John Thompson and Judith Jurowska being published in the International Journal for Educational Integrity.
(14 Jan 2013) » More about Level 1 Pre-Arrival Study Skills Tasks
Fully funded PhD studentships in Political Geography, with a focus on political norms and institutions in emergent global spaces
Two fully funded three-year doctoral studentships commencing in October 2013 (providing a £13,590 tax-free stipend p.a. plus payment of full-time tuition fees at home / EU rate) are available to work with staff from the Politics-State-Space research group.
The deadline for applications is 18th February, 2013.
(8 Jan 2013)
Tim Burt honoured by Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union
Professor Tim Burt has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
AGU is the world's premier learned society in the broad field of earth and environmental sciences; it has a membership of 62,000 of whom only 0.1% are elected to fellowship annually.
(18 Dec 2012)
Announcing PhD Studentships - 2013 / 2014
The department is now accepting applications for funded PhD studentships supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Durham University’s Doctoral Scholarship (DDS) programme. These studentships include payment of fees, stipend and a Research Training Support Grant.
The deadline for applying to the department for these funded studentships is 18th February, 2013.
(28 Nov 2012)
Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize (British Society for Geomorphology) success
Emma Washington (BSc 2012; supervisor Nick Cox) has won the 2013 Marjorie Sweeting Dissertation Prize (British Society for Geomorphology) for her dissertation on ‘Landslide susceptibility and risk along the Mugling-Narayanghat highway, Nepal’.
(19 Nov 2012)
Republic of Ireland 'Undergraduate Award' success
Andrew Barratt (BA 2012; supervisor Rachel Colls) has won a Republic of Ireland 'Undergraduate Award' in the field of Social Science for a piece of second year fieldwork research on a project entitled 'A study into the Liverpool queer quarter and homosexual community: For whom (and why) is it there?'
(19 Nov 2012)
Dr Ian Evans awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by 'Stefan cel Mare' University of Suceava (Romania)
Dr Ian Evans, Emeritus Reader in Geography, has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by ‘Stefan cel Mare’ University of Suceava (Romania) "as a recognition of your scientific merits in the development of Physical Geography, as well as a sign of appreciation of your human merits and the constant support and promotion you have provided for our university and Romanian Geography, in general."
Two MRes Studentship Funding Opportunities for January 2013 Now Available
Masters by Research (MRes) supported by the Environment Agency (EA)
Patterns of soil instability and sediment delivery from Red House Gill, Durham
Deadline for Applications: 4th December, 2012
Masters by Research (MRes) supported by the North Pennines AONB Partnership
Assessing the role of peat bog restoration in mitigating carbon loss by erosion
Deadline for applications: 4th December, 2012
(12 Nov 2012)
Fully funded PhD studentship in Social Sciences and Medical Humanities (located within Department of Geography and the Centre for Medical Humanities)
Deadline for Applications: 21st November, 2012
(2 Nov 2012)
Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship in numerical rock slope modelling
Deadline for Applications: 14th November, 2012
(26 Oct 2012)
Ice Sheet Retreat Controlled by the Landscape
Ice-sheet retreat can halt temporarily during long phases of climate warming, according to scientists.
(17 Oct 2012) » More about Ice Sheet Retreat Controlled by the Landscape
Professor Louise Amoore awarded a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship by ESRC (2012-15)
Her project, 'Securing Against Future Events(SaFE): Preemption, Protocols, and Publics', will examine how novel technical systems - social network analysis, linkage analysis, apriori algorithms - change the landscape of possibility for border security decisions.
Within the fellowship Louise will lead a programme of activities within the cross-council Global Uncertainties 'Terrorism' core theme.
(17 Oct 2012)
Research Fellowship Funding Opportunities Now Available
We are delighted to announce that applications for the following fellowship schemes are now open:
- Durham University International Junior Research Fellowships (JRF)
- Durham University Addison Wheeler Fellowships
- Durham University Senior Research Fellowships (SRF)
The Department would welcome enquiries from potential applicants for a range of funded Fellowship positions available in the University.
Fear of the Brown Envelope
Recently submitted Geography PhD Student Kayleigh Garthwaite appeared on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed with Laurie Taylor. Kayleigh discussed her recent paper 'Fear of the brown envelope: sickness benefits recipients and welfare reform'.
(7 Oct 2012) » More about Fear of the Brown Envelope
Antarctic rebound yields information about present-day ice mass loss
Antarctica is still on the rebound after shedding huge volumes of ice. Matt King (reader in Polar Geodesy at Newcastle University) and Pippa Whitehouse (a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Geography) explain how they’re tracking its slow movement, and why in a new article in Planet Earth, Autumn 2012.
(4 Oct 2012)
Exploring Long Term Prospects of Computer Games
In a recent BBC article, Department of Geography doctoral researcher Ladan Cockshut shares her views on the release of new game content in World of Warcraft and its impact on the Chinese gamer market and the long term prospects for these hugely popular online games.
(4 Oct 2012)
Community Resilience Award
Kate Cochrane, a PhD student supervised jointly between SASS and Geography, has been awarded the Emergency Planning Society's National Policy Award for her work in developing new ways of approaching Community Resilience policy.
(21 Sep 2012) » More about Community Resilience Award
European Commission Grant Success
Congratulations to Professor Lynn Staeheli who has been awarded £1.7M by the European Commission for the project 'Youth Experiences of Citizenship in Divided Societies: Between Cosmopolitanism, Nation and Civil Society'.
(14 Aug 2012) » More about European Commission Grant Success
New funds to investigate mechanisms of ice sheet collapse
Congratulations to Dr Chris Stokes, who has been awarded a NERC standard grant to investigate the mechanisms of ice sheet collapse.
Palm trees once thrived in the Antarctic 52 million years ago
A team of scientists, including Dr Stewart Jamieson, a glaciologist from the Department of Geography at Durham University, has discovered an intense warming phase occurred in Antarctic climate around 52 million years ago. The study shows that tropical vegetation, including palm trees and relatives of today’s Baobab trees normally found in the world’s hottest climates, was growing on the coast of Antarctica where winter temperatures were warmer than 10 degrees Celsius at that time. The continental interior, however, was noticeably cooler, with the climate supporting the growth of temperate rainforests similar to those found in New Zealand today.
The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa
Congratulations to Professor Marcus Power and Professor Harriet Bulkeley for being awarded an ESRC grant for a 30 month project which seeks to examine how, why and to what extent China, India and Brazil are enabling the transition to low carbon energy systems in Southern Africa.
Geography Graduation 2012
Congratulations to all the Geography students who graduated this year.
Over 160 Undergraduates and 27 Postgraduate students including 15 PhD students, successfully obtained their degrees. Many students along with their friends and family attended the Graduation ceremony in Durham Cathedral last week and received their degrees from the new University Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen in a prestigious ceremony in the stunning surrounds of Durham Cathedral.
All the staff in the department wish all our Graduands very many congratulations and success in all their future aspirations.
(2 Jul 2012)
Cities and Climate Change Rio +20
To mark the upcoming Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) taking place in Rio 20th - 22nd June, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are highlighting how social sciences are contributing to environmental research by releasing a series of short films on the range of research currently being funded.
(21 Jun 2012) » More about Cities and Climate Change Rio +20
Mystery of the Dartmoor Tors
A joint study by Durham University, Exmoor University and Stockton Riverside College published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, has revealed that the Dartmoor landscape was in fact formed by glaciers, which contradicts the long standing belief that ice caps did not exist on the Dartmoor terrain.
(18 Jun 2012) » More about Mystery of the Dartmoor Tors
Visiting Professor at University of Campinas, Brazil
Professor Phil Macnaghten has been awarded a two year Visiting Professorship position in the Department of Science and Technology at the University Of Campinas, Brazil.
(13 Jun 2012) » More about Visiting Professor at University of Campinas, Brazil
EPSRC Funded PhD Studentship
We are delighted to invite applications for a fully-funded three-year research studentship (PhD), starting in October 2012. This is supported by funding from the EPSRC and your project must therefore be within EPSRC’s remit. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th June, 2012 at 1.00pm.
(23 May 2012)
Cartographic Associate Editor of the Journal of Maps
Congratulations to Mr Chris Orton from the Cartographic Unit within the Department who has recently been requested to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Maps as a Cartographic Associate Editor.
(27 Apr 2012) » More about Cartographic Associate Editor of the Journal of Maps
Earthquakes without frontiers - Consortium grant awarded
Congratulations to Dr Alex Densmore, Professor Jonathan Rigg, Professor David Petley, Dr Katie Oven and also Professor Lena Dominelli (of the School of Applied Social Sciences) on the award of an NERC/ESRC consortium grant on resilience to earthquakes, one of only two awards made under the programme.
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Rigg who has been elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
(23 Apr 2012) » More about Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
Masters by Research (MRes) Studentship Supported by the Environment Agency (EA)
Improving public engagement in ecosystems service based environmental management
The project is about understanding people's relationship with the natural environment and the values they place on it. The overall aim of the research project is to evaluate different approaches for engagement of local stakeholders in order to ensure shared / common understanding and ownership of problems and their solutions within the Lower Wear catchment.
AGU Fellowship Honour
Congratulations to Professor Tim Burt who has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
(31 Jan 2012) » More about AGU Fellowship Honour
Governance of Geoengineering
In a recently published article in 'Nature' Professor Phil Macnaghten and his colleague Professor Richard Owen from the University of Exeter Business School, describe the first attempt to govern a climate-engineering research project.
(10 Jan 2012) » More about Governance of Geoengineering
Society President's Prize awarded to Durham Geographers
Polar Medal awarded to Professor Mike Bentley
We are delighted to announce that Professor Mike Bentley has been awarded the Polar Medal by the Queen.
(19 Dec 2011) » More about Polar Medal awarded to Professor Mike Bentley
ESRC Studentships Announced
Applications are invited for postgraduate ESRC studentships.
Find out more at the NEDTC website at: www.nedtc.ac.uk.
(12 Dec 2011) » More about ESRC Studentships Announced
Environmental Science: Good governance for geoengineering
This week Phil Macnaghten co-authored a comment piece in Nature reporting on his experience in chairing a panel convened by the EPSRC designed to govern the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) project.
Engineering team heads to Antarctica to explore hidden lake
Durham University is playing a key role on an extraordinary Antarctica project.
Final Year Students & Academic Staff 2011 photograph available to download
(use either right-click on a PC or ctrl-click on a Mac to 'save image as...')
(28 Jun 2011)
Undergraduate Entry Requirement for 2012 Confirmed
The Department can confirm that the typical A Level entry requirement for 2012 will be A*AA. We have increased our offer from AAA to assist us in recruiting the most academically able students with the greatest merit and potential for undergraduate study. In arriving at this decision we have carefully considered the academic profile of our A Level applicants entering in 2010 and the average performance of those students in undergraduate studies at Durham University. A move to A*AA will aid in differentiating between many highly qualified applicants and more closely reflect the typical academic profile currently necessary to compete for an offer. Our admissions selectors will continue to consider applicants who are not necessarily predicted to meet the typical entry requirement for our programmes. If through other evidence in their applications such applicants show the required level of merit and potential for undergraduate studies at Durham University, our selectors may make achievable offers to them.
(28 Jun 2011) » More about Undergraduate Entry Requirement for 2012 Confirmed
Postgraduate Funding Opportunities for 2011/2012
MA Studentship at the Department of Geography, Durham University
Assembling Smart Grids: understanding the lessons from international experience
The deadline for applications is July 11th, 2011.
MA/MSc Programmes in Risk Bursaries
- Six Department of Geography Bursaries.
The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd July, 2011.
Two Bursaries up to £25 000 for MA/MSc Programmes in Risk.
The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd July, 2011.
Please visit the Departmental Postgraduate Funding pages for further details.
(13 Jun 2011)
David Evans and the Department of Geography undergraduate Iceland Expedition win the 'Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary 2011'
David Evans and a group of seven Level 2 Geography students have been awarded the 4th Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary, run by the Royal Geographical Society/IBG on behalf of Land Rover.
Peter Atkins appears on Radio 4
Professor Peter Atkins appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme on Sunday 13th February.
The subject was "What is Milk", based on his recent book "Liquid Materialities".
(16 Feb 2011)
Postgraduate research student appears on BBC 5 radio show
Ladan Cockshut, a PhD research student in Geography, was interviewed recently about her work on online games on the BBC 5 show 'Outriders' and for a BBC technology article on the BBC News website.
(16 Feb 2011)
Alex Densmore gives first 2011 Shell University Lecture
Dr Alex Densmore gave the first of the 2011 Shell University Lectures at the University of Liverpool on 24 November 2010.
CNRS appointment for Sarah Curtis
Professor Sarah Curtis has been appointed to the Scientific Council of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France for a four-year term.
(2 Dec 2010)
Gordon MacLeod to be Critical Surveys Editor for Flagship Journal
Dr Gordon MacLeod has been appointed Critical Surveys Editor for the leading journal Regional Studies, published by the Regional Studies Association.
Peter Atkins appears on BBC Radio Wales
Durham Geographer Professor Peter Atkins appeared on the Jamie and Louise Show on BBC Radio Wales on 18th November to discuss his latest book, Liquid Materialities.
(2 Dec 2010)
Stuart Lane honoured by European Geosciences Union
Professor Stuart Lane has been awarded the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal by the European Geosciences Union.
Britain should follow French and German ways of engaging with China, says leading expert
France and Germany have left Britain behind in terms of trade and influence in China, and Britain needs a new way of dealing with the Chinese leadership, according to a Durham University expert.
(16 Nov 2010)
Durham Geographer to edit top journal
Dr Alex Densmore has been appointed Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, one of the world's top earth science journals, for four years from January 2011.
(11 Nov 2010)
Martin Pratt awarded the Michael Barrett Award of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Fellowship to focus on landscape responses to climate change
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to examine transient response to climate change in coupled hydro-eco-geomorphic landscapes.
National award for Dr Colin McFarlane
Dr Colin McFarlane has been awarded the Gill Memorial Award by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) for his contributions to urban geography.
(27 Apr 2010) » More about National award for Dr Colin McFarlane
Landslide expert highlights flood risk in Pakistan
Durham Geographer David Petley’s work on risks arising from a recent landslide in Pakistan has been featured in The Guardian newspaper and in The National in Abu Dhabi.
For more information see:
(29 Mar 2010)
Peter Atkins appears on ‘Thinking Allowed’ (BBC Radio 4)
Durham Geographer Professor Peter Atkins appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed on 17th March to talk about his new book ‘Liquid Materialities: A History of Milk, Science and the Law’ (Ashgate, 2010).
(24 Mar 2010)
Ann Le Mare wins Michael Young Prize
Dr Ann Le Mare has won the prestigious 2010 Michael Young Prize awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Ann won the prize for her work on the impact of fair trade on the wellbeing of women, businesses and organisations in Bangladesh. Ann is a Lecturer in Geography at Durham University.
(19 Mar 2010)
Stuart Elden wins Globe Book Award
Professor Stuart Elden has won the prestigious Globe Book Award from the Association of American Geographers for his book Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). The honour is awarded annually to the one book each year that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world. Stuart is Professor of Geography at Durham University.
(19 Mar 2010)
Flexible working arrangements are good for your health
A new systematic review by the Department of Geography’s Clare Bambra, Kerry Joyce and colleagues has been published looking at research on the health effects of flexible working. The study attracted a lot of attention from broadcasters and the press. The research shows that flexible work schedules have a positive effect on workers’ health. There are strong health benefits for employees when they can arrange their work to suit their own personal circumstances: blood pressure, sleep and mental health all improve. Dr Bambra was interviewed about the study recently on ‘Breakfast’ on BBC television and also appeared on local and national radio.
(3 Mar 2010)
MA/MSc Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010
We are delighted to announce that we are launching three new taught Masters Programmes in Risk starting in October 2010.
Durham cartographers win award for Best Map of 2009
A map of the Surging Landsystem of Tungnaárjökull, Iceland has been voted ‘Best Map of 2009’ by the Journal of Maps.
(20 Jan 2010) » More about Durham cartographers win award for Best Map of 2009
New Interdisciplinary Climate Journal launched
WIREs Climate Change launched by Wiley this week will provide a unique resource for academics and policy-makers working in the field, says Durham Geographer Harriet Bulkeley. “Climate Change is now such a complex problem, interdisciplinary journals like WIREs are essential.”
(20 Jan 2010) » More about New Interdisciplinary Climate Journal launched
New National Hydrographer
Commodore Nick Lambert RN has been appointed as the new National Hydrographer at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in Taunton.
(26 Nov 2009) » More about New National Hydrographer
Durham Geographer honouredProfessor Stuart Lane, Executive Director of the Institute for Hazard and Risk Research, has been awarded the Editor's Citation from the American Geophysical Union for Excellence in Refereeing.
(28 Oct 2009)
Durham University Environment Week
The Department of Geography will be supporting the University’s first ‘Environment Week’ from 16th - 23rd November.
(28 Oct 2009) » More about Durham University Environment Week
Rowntree Foundation Annual LectureAsh Amin, Professor of Geography and Director of the University's Institute of Advance Study, will deliver this year's Rowntree Foundation Annual Lecture 'Cities and the Ethic of Care for the Stranger'.
(28 Oct 2009)
Top award for Durham geographerDurham geographer Dr Chris Stokes has won a 2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize.
(28 Oct 2009) » More about Top award for Durham geographer
Keynote Address at EU Open Day University in Brussels: Does Geography Matter?Professor Ray Hudson DSc FSA was invited to give one of four keynote lectures at the EU Open Day University in Brussels.
New coastland map could help strengthen sea defences
A new map plots the most accurate predictions yet for land uplift and subsidence in the UK.
The map shows that southern Ireland and Wales, and southern and eastern England are continuing to sink, whilst Scotland is rising, at rates less than previously predicted.
Durham Geographer Honoured
Dr Evans has also been invited to address the Japanese Geomorphological Union at its 30th anniversary meeting in Kyoto (2 - 4th October, 2009), where he will become an Honorary Member of the JGU.
(2 Oct 2009)
Durham Geography ranked 3rd in Times’ league table
The prestigious Times Good University Guide has ranked Durham third in the UK for Geography and Environmental Sciences (after Cambridge and Oxford).
Geography researchers launch science policy report in Brussels
Decision-making on science - especially emerging technologies such as nanotechnology - must become more democratic, a new report on science policy suggests. The group of leading European academics behind the 'Reconfiguring Responsibility' report, led by geographers at Durham University, argues forcefully that current governance activities are limiting public debate and may repeat mistakes made in managing GM.
Pacific tsunami threat greater than expected, Professor Shennan’s research reports
A research team led by Professor Ian Shennan has reported in Quaternary Science Reviews that the potential for a huge Pacific Ocean tsunami on the West Coast of America may be greater than previously thought. Their study of geological evidence along the Gulf of Alaska coast indicates that future tsunamis could reach a scale far beyond those generated by the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. The researchers gauged the extent of earthquakes over the last 2,000 years by studying subsoil samples and sediment sequences. Ian Shennan said: "Our radiocarbon-dated samples suggest that previous earthquakes were fifteen per cent bigger in terms of the area affected than the 1964 event. This historical evidence of widespread, simultaneous plate rupturing within the Alaskan region has significant implications for the tsunami potential of the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific region as a whole".
Durham geography lecturer speaks to the BBC about recent local floods
(27 Jul 2009)
Final Year Students & Academic Staff 2009 photograph available to download
(use either right-click on a PC or ctrl-click on a Mac to 'save image as...')
(23 Jul 2009)
IHRR awarded £1.75 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust
Will the North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere system 'tip' plunging north-west Europe into a mini Ice Age? Did John Humphries, of Radio 4's Today programme, really tip us into a run on the bank Northern Rock? Can little things, where environmental events or things that influential people say, turn into major catastrophes? Experts at Durham University have been awarded funding of £1.75 million by the Leverhulme Trust to look at just these kinds of questions.
Landscape Research Group Dissertation Prize 2008
Two Geography students who graduated in 2008 have been awarded prizes from the Landscape Research Group. This is an interdisciplinary organisation, the members of which include academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines including geography, landscape design, landscape architecture and planning. It publishes the scholarly journal Landscape Research.
(22 Jul 2009) » More about Landscape Research Group Dissertation Prize 2008
Dr Chris Stokes wins best paper award
(10 Jul 2009) » More about Dr Chris Stokes wins best paper award
NERC-ESRC PhD Project on Public Engagement
Carly Maynard, currently an MSc student in the Department, has won a NERC-ESRC studentship on new forms of public engagement in restoring rivers through reservoir releases.
The supervisors will be Stuart Lane, Rachel Pain and Richard Hardy.
(24 Jun 2009)
Masters Student Awarded GIScience Research Group Prize
Amy Woodget has been awarded the 2009 GIScience Research Group dissertation prize for her MSc thesis completed at Durham last year.
Anne LeBrocq Awarded NERC Fellowship
(6 Jun 2009) » More about Anne LeBrocq Awarded NERC Fellowship
Durham Geography is Rated Third in 2010 Times Good University Guide
EPSRC Large Grant Success for Professor Sarah Curtis
Professor Ray Hudson Awarded £1m ONE Funding
(6 Jun 2009) » More about Professor Ray Hudson Awarded £1m ONE Funding
Professor Ray Hudson Invited onto Coalfield Expert Panel
Geography CASE studentship named as example of good practice
Dr Ann Le Mare has been recognised by ESRC for the high quality of her doctoral work and its impacts outside the academy. Ann held an ESRC CASE award with Traidcraft as the external partner. The research explored the impacts of Fair Trade handicraft on women in Bangladesh, and has made significant contributions to academic, policy, user and research participant knowledges.
(18 May 2009)
National Geographic features IBRU Arctic Ocean mapping
In August 2008 IBRU published the first detailed map of maritime jurisdiction in the Arctic Ocean (http://www.dur.ac.uk/ibru/resources/arctic).
The map generated international media attention and has been widely used in both academic and popular articles about the future of the Arctic region.
Dr Christine Dunn receives 2009 RGS/IBG Cuthbert Peek Award
Dr Chris Dunn, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Durham University, has received The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Cuthbert Peek Award for advancing geographical knowledge through contemporary methods, at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.
Durham students successful in winning national awards
(21 Apr 2009) » More about Durham students successful in winning national awards
Geography Paper Wins PrizeA paper co-authored by Professor Susan Smith has been awarded The Ashby Prize for the most innovative paper in the journal Environment and Planning A.
(6 Apr 2009) » More about Geography Paper Wins Prize
Durham Geographers receive American Political Geography prize
Dr Jeff Warburton awarded University Enhancing the Student Learning Experience grants
Dr Jeff Warburton has been awarded one of the University's Enhancing the Student Learning Experience grants for a project involving the use of hand-held Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in geographical fieldwork.
Professor Sarah Curtis awarded a £713K grant from the EPSRC to investigate Built Infrastructure for Older People in Conditions of Climate Change
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded to Durham University and Heriot-Watt University grants totalling £713,942 for the BIOPICCC project, as part of a major research network funded by the Council on Adaption and Resilience to a Changing Climate. The project will develop strategies to help ensure that the infrastructures and systems supporting the health and social care for older people (aged 65 and over) will be sufficiently resilient to withstand harmful impacts of climate change in the future, up to 2050.
Talbert Abrams Award and ERDAS awardDr Nico Galiatsatos and Professor Danny Donoghue have won two separate international awards for their paper in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote sensing.
(10 Feb 2009) » More about Talbert Abrams Award and ERDAS award
Masters Funding for Postgraduate Research 2009 - 2010
Please visit the Departmental Postgraduate pages for further details.
(4 Feb 2009)
Durham Geographer wins prestigious Geological Society award
Professor Colm O’Cofaigh of the Geography Department has been named as the 2009 recipient of the Geological Society’s Lyell Fund. This prestigious award is made to contributors to the Earth Sciences who are under the age of 40, on the basis of noteworthy published research.
(29 Jan 2009)
Durham glacial research makes a splashResearch conducted at Durham Geography by Andreas Vieli and colleagues on the rate of change in Greenland's glaciers, published in Nature Geoscience, raises questions over whether recent decline will be sustained.
(29 Jan 2009) » More about Durham glacial research makes a splash
Fully funded NERC and ESRC PhD studentships available to start in October 2009
Please visit the Departmental Postgraduate pages for further details.
(29 Jan 2009)
Award for Distinguished Quaternary Scientist
Dr Ian Evans of the Department of Geography has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Quaternary Research Association.
This honour acknowledges his status as a distinguished Quaternary scientist and his contributions to the field over many years.
(14 Jan 2009)
Derek Hudspeth awarded MBE in New Year honours list
Derek Hudspeth, the Departmental Superintendent, was awarded the MBE for services to higher education in the New Year’s Honours.
Derek joined the Department in 1964 as a junior print technician and we are delighted that his contribution to the Department and the University have been marked in this way.
(7 Jan 2009)
Durham Geography RAE success
Durham Geography is celebrating an excellent performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The Department’s research has been ranked joint 1st amongst Geography departments nationally in terms of both grade-point-average and the proportion of ‘world-leading’ or 4* research.
All 56 of our research active staff were included in the submission, making it the largest submission in the country.
The full results are available at http://www.rae.ac.uk/
(18 Dec 2008)
Professor Stuart Lane wins award for Contributions to Science
The Association of Rivers Trusts has given their annual award for Contributions to Science to Stuart Lane, Professor in Physical Geography and Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard and Risk Research (based in the Department).
Professor Lane specialises in hydraulic and hydrological processes, and he has had an especially high public profile in recent years because of the application of his expertise to UK river flood modelling.
(20 Nov 2008)
Durham hydrogeology paper awarded best in conference
A paper co-authored by Professor Tim Burt of the Geography Department at Durham and Dr Nicholas Howden of Cranfield University has been named best in conference by the President of the International Association of Hydrogeology.
The paper, "Spatio-temporal trends in nitrate concentrations in groundwater-dominated chalk streams, Dorset (UK)", was presented at the Association’s recent conference in Toyama, Japan.
(7 Nov 2008)
Former Geography staff member wins awards
Barry Floyd, a former staff member of the Geography Department, has taken up publishing on philately in his retirement. His recent book “Captain James Cook the explorer: an historical & philatelic review” published in 2006 has been awarded a range of international medals, including Gold at the Chicago Philatelic Society in 2007.
He is currently working on stamps issued in honour of Charles Darwin.
Barry Floyd lectured in the Department in regional and agricultural geography of the global south in the 1970s and 1980s.
(4 Nov 2008)
Geography Alumnus appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura (Sri Lanka)
Dr Alex Densmore awarded a NERC urgency grant to study the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake
The research will map the location, orientation, and magnitude of surface slip in the 12th May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and determine whether the structures that ruptured have been active in the past.
IBRU map Arctic political hot spots
The International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) has produced the first detailed map of the Arctic showing maritime jurisdiction, to inform current discussions over sovereignty.
(6 Aug 2008) » More about IBRU map Arctic political hot spots
Professor Susan Smith elected as a Fellow of the British AcademyProfessor Susan Smith has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy at its 106th Annual General Meeting.
(24 Jul 2008)
Summer Congregation 2008 - Honorary Degrees awarded to:
Mr Derek Hudspeth, Geography Departmental Superintendent (1964 to present), MSc
Professor Michael Church, University of British Columbia, Vancover, DSc
Mr David Sproxton, co-owner and Executive Chairman, Aardman Animatons, DLitt
(24 Jul 2008)
Durham one of 3 universities awarded joint £1 million research fund
Durham University is one of three universities that has been awarded a £1 million research grant for social enterprise by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Office of the Third Sector and the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Led by Middlesex University with Durham University's Department of Geography and London South Bank University, the consortium will use the grant to fund training for new researchers on social enterprise over the next five years.
(9 Jul 2008)
Professor Simmons receives a close examination in Chinese
Emeritus Professor Ian Simmons has been selected by a student from the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a subject for a PhD dissertation.
Jia Jin is in the Department of World History and the thesis is titled “On Ian Simmons’ Environmental History Study: Contents, Methodology and Enlightenments”.
(20 Jun 2008)
Dr Rachel Pain presented with the Gill Memorial Award at the AGM of the RGS
David Petley discusses the risks of a dam break flood in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake
David Petley, Wilson Chair of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham, discusses the risks of a dam break flood in the aftermath of the earthquake in Sichuan.
See his blog (http://daveslandslideblog.blogspot.com/) and reports in the Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3972785.ece) and the Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/chinajournal/2008/05/21/after-the-quake-risks-persist/).
(22 May 2008)
New fully funded ESRC CASE Studenships available in the DepartmentNew fully funded ESRC CASE Studenships available in the Department. See our Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page for further details.
(22 May 2008)
Dr Harriet Bulkeley has been awarded a Climate Change Leadership Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council
The aim of the project is to advance our understanding of urban socio-technical systems and their response to climate change.
Professor Stuart Lane predicts that the UK is entering a ‘flood-rich’ period
Professor Stuart Lane predicts that the UK is entering a ‘flood-rich’ period. Last summer was the second wettest on record and we must prepare for worse to come, see:
Also see BBC Radio 4's Today programme (fast forward on 'listen again' to 55
minutes for Stuart's live appearance): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/listenagain_20051208.shtml;
and Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/05/07/eafloods107.xml
Former PhD student wins RGS thesis prizeFormer PhD student Simon Turner (2002 - 2006) has won the RGS 2008, Economic Geography Research Group postgraduate thesis prize for his thesis entitled 'Learning in doing: the social anthropology of innovation in a large UK organisation'. Simon is now working on a two-year project looking at the role of social enterprises and private organisations in the delivery of NHS care in the Department of Public Health & Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
(11 Apr 2008)
Former Student awarded OBE
We are delighted to report that our former student Dr Robert Barr (1969 – 1972, University College) has been awarded an OBE for services to Geography in the 2007 New Years Honours. Robert will be attending Buckingham Palace for investiture on 7th May.
(4 Apr 2008) » More about Former Student awarded OBE
Professor Tony Allan awarded the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize
Professor Tony Allan, an alumnus of the Department (1955-1958) and professor in the Department of Geography, King’s College London (and formerly at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London) has been awarded the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize.
Congratulations to one of our postgraduates, David Milledge
David has been awarded the 2008 Leica Geosystems Graduate Internship by the American Society for Photgrammetry and Remote Sensing.
This is an eight-week internship for graduate students in photogrammetry and provides David with an opportunity to carry out a small research project of his own choice, or to work on an existing Leica Geosystems project as part of a team.
(12 Mar 2008)
Seven Scholarships for Masters Students
(6 Feb 2008) » More about Seven Scholarships for Masters Students
Connecting people, participation and place conference
(21 Jan 2008) » More about Connecting people, participation and place conference
The Department of Geography welcomes applications to the University's Doctoral Fellowship Scheme and for ESRC and NERC quota awards.
(15 Jan 2008)
Maps of the Known World - An Exhibition of Paintings by Graham Lowe
The 'Maps of the Known World' exhibition showing at the DLI's Print Room until the 6th January 2008
Professor James Fleming of Colby College, Maine, USA gave a well-attended lecture on Friday 16th November entitled 'The climate engineers: fantasies of control', as part of the Department of Geography's annual Gordon Manley lecture series
Professor James Fleming relaxing before he gave his well-attended lecture on Friday 16th November.
(20 Nov 2007)
Sarah Curtis was recently appointed as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
Sarah Curtis is Professor of Health and Risk in the Department of Geography and conducts research in the Institute of Hazard & Risk Research and in the Wolfson Institute at Durham University, an internationally renowned specialist in the geography of health focusing on the geographical dimensions of inequalities of health and health care.
Dr Harriet Bulkeley has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize to support her research
Dr. Harriet Bulkeley has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in “compelling recognition of [her] research achievements” in the field of environmental governance. Harriet’s research has: provided new insights into the processes and practices of environmental governance within the nation-state; detailed the significant ways in which climate change is reconfiguring urban policy and cities are seeking to govern climate change; and opened up new areas of analysis in relation to the emerging transnational sphere of climate change governance. Harriet’s future research plans centre on understanding the ‘new’ politics of climate change emerging in-between and beyond the world of states.
(30 Oct 2007)
Dr Divya Tolia-Kelly has been invited to the South Australia School of Art (SASA) in Adelaide, Australia
To open their exhibition ‘Spill’ on October 10th, and will then remain as ‘scholar in residence’.
(1 Oct 2007)
Making a paddy field out of a swamp around 7,700 years ago
Professor Ash Amin has been elected as a Fellow of the British AcademyProfessor Ash Amin has been elected to the Fellowship of The British Academy following their Annual General Meeting.
(24 Jul 2007)
Condor project flies - Department of Geography lead the way in distributed computing
In 2006 the Department of Geography began examining ways of increasing the speed at which research results could be obtained from geophysical modelling simulations.
Professor Ray Hudson is elected to Academia Europeae.
Congratulations to Professor Ray Hudson on his election to the Academia Europeae (http://www.acadeuro.org/), an elite group of scholars who are appointed in recognition for their outstanding contribution to European research, learning and education. This prestigious organization aspires to:
- Promote a wider appreciation of the value of European scholarship and research.
- Make recommendations to national governments and international agencies concerning matters affecting science, scholarship and academic life in Europe.
- Encourage interdisciplinary and international research in all areas of learning, particularly in relation to European issues.
- Identify topics of trans-European importance to science and scholarship, and propose appropriate action to ensure that these issues are adequately studied.
(18 May 2007)
Faculty invests in Geography
The Faculty of Social Science and Health has awarded the department £68,594 under its RAE Capital investment fund to support research in geography.
(4 Apr 2007) » More about RAE capital investment
Undergraduate expedition awarded £2500 by Royal Geographical Society
Durham University Iceland Expedition 2007 has been awarded £2,500 by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The expedition is to be led by Dr. Dave Evans and will involve twelve undergraduate physical geographers undertaking exciting new glaciological research around Mŷrdalsjökull ice cap in southern Iceland, in August 2007.
The expedition has also been offered the loan of a 12 seat Defender Land Rover from the Gordon Foundation. Three undergraduate members of the expedition will also be trained in off-road driving skills and will be sharing the driving duties in Iceland. The expedition will be shipping two Defenders to Iceland, loaded with equipment for the duration of the expedition.
(4 Apr 2007)
IHRR Building Work Progress
Following generous donations from two Alumni, Government funding and University support, the Institute will be housed in a new £4.2M building designed to give iconic presence on the University campus.
(9 Feb 2007)
Andreas Vieli awarded NERC Grant
(26 Jan 2007) » More about Andreas Vieli awarded NERC Grant
Marcus Power awarded ESRC Grant
(26 Jan 2007) » More about Marcus Power awarded ESRC Grant
Richard Hardy awarded NERC Grant
(26 Jan 2007) » More about Richard Hardy awarded NERC Grant
Dr Nick Rosser awarded QJEGH Young Author of the Year for 2005
Professor Ray Hudson has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy
Dr Stuart Elden has been appointed as Editor of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Durham geographer, Dr. Peter Atkins awarded Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision
Durham landslides TV story wins award
(28 Apr 2006) » More about Durham landslides TV story wins award
We are very sorry to announce the recent death of Michael Drury
Landslide expert warns of follow-up threat to Pakistan earthquake zone
A landslide expert at Durham University is warning that further disasters are waiting to happen in North Pakistan because of the unstable ground conditions created by last October’s earthquake.
Durham Geography receives 7 ESRC studentship awards
(8 Feb 2006) » More about ESRC awards
Postgraduate funding details and projects for 2006 entry announced
(8 Dec 2005)
Dr Peter Atkins wins a Welcome Trust Research Leave Award
PhD student Guillaume Lestrelin achieves international recognition
A Durham Geography PhD student achieved international recognition for his work.
Bill Bryson visits Durham Geography
(23 Nov 2005) » More about Bill Bryson visits Durham Geography
Dr Rachel Pain awarded a 2005 Philip Leverhulme Prize
Dr Rachel Pain has been awarded one of the 2005 The Philip Leverhulme Prizes by the Leverhulme Trust for her work in Human Geography.
(17 Nov 2005) » More about Dr Rachel Pain awarded a 2005 Philip Leverhulme Prize
James Wadwell awarded ODPM Planning Research Network Prize
Department to appoint new Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk
Rob Ferguson has been awarded the British Geomorphological Research Group’s Linton Prize
Mike Bentley has been awarded the WS Bruce Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Ray Hudson has been awarded this years Royal Geographical Society Victoria Medal
Dr Colm O'Cofaigh awarded Lewis Penny Medal by the QRA
Launch of new website
Today marks the debut of the new Geography Department Website.
(18 Sep 2004) » More about Launch of new website