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Department of Geography

General News

'Antipode' Journal International Advisory Board Appointment Success

Congratulations to Dr Siobhan McGrath for being appointed to the International Advisory Board of the journal 'Antipode'.

(14 Apr 2014) » More about 'Antipode' Journal International Advisory Board Appointment Success


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.

Further Details

(28 Mar 2014)


Durham-led project receives £1million from the Wellcome Collection to investigate rigours of modern life

Image of Dr Felicity Callard (Credit:Thomas S.G. Farnetti)

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.

(27 Mar 2014) » More about Durham-led project receives £1million from the Wellcome Collection to investigate rigours of modern life


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.

(7 Mar 2014) » More about European Grant Success 'Addressing demand in 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.

(26 Feb 2014) » More about Durham's Geography Department ranked fourth in the world


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.

(21 Feb 2014) » More about previous rapid thinning of Pine Island Glacier sheds light on future Antarctic ice loss


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.

(18 Feb 2014) » More about Thatcher's policies condemned for causing 'unjust premature death'


Durham to Host Inaugural Geoforum Sponsored Workshop on Ethical Consumption and the Globalising Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies & Practices

Venue: Hatfield College, Durham University
Date: 8th - 9th July, 2014
Organisers: Mike Crang (Durham University) & Alex Hughes (Newcastle University)

(27 Jan 2014) » More about 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

Venue: Hatfield College, Durham University
Date: 8th - 9th July, 2014
Organisers: Mike Crang (Durham University) & Alex Hughes (Newcastle University)

(27 Jan 2014) » More about Postgraduate Bursaries Available for Ethical Consumption and the Globalising Middle Classes: Philosophies, Policies & Practices Workshop


Durham University expert calls for worklessness to be tackled to improve public health

Professor Clare Bambra

A Durham University health expert has contributed to a new British Academy essay collection aimed at reducing health inequalities.

(17 Jan 2014) » More about Durham University expert calls for worklessness to be tackled to improve public health


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.

(17 Jan 2014) » More about Sustainable Cities & Climate Change Presentation to UN General Assembly


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

Professor Phil Steinberg joined former naval officer and international law scholar Stephen Haines on the 3 December edition of BBC Radio 3's Night Waves to discuss contemporary challenges to ocean governance and how these are reflected in changing perceptions of the sea.

(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.

(21 Nov 2013) » More about Department Success as Part of AHRC and NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships


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.

(2 Oct 2013) » More about Durham Geographers Scoop Three Awards for Geomorphology


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

Professor Tim Burt, Dr Ian Evans & Professor Rob Ferguson have been elected as 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

West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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.

(23 Sep 2013) » More about The West Antarctic Ice Sheet first grew 20 million years earlier than previously thought


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.

(29 Aug 2013) » More about East Antarctic Ice Sheet could be more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought


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.

(6 Jun 2013) » More about Antarctic ice loss could be half that of previous estimates, study finds


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

Further Details

(21 May 2013)


Graduation Reception & Prize Giving

Tuesday 25th June, 2013

Dunelm House, New Elvet

5.30pm

(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.

(13 May 2013) » More about Geography Students success at EA and CIWEN University Pollution Challenge 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.

(13 May 2013) » More about Grant Success: Ocean Controls on high-latitude climate sensitivity - a Pliocene case study (OCCP)


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)


Pollution Challenge

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

Congratulations to Dr Chris Stokes who has been awarded the 'Gordon Warwick Medal' by the British Society for Geomorphology.

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.

(28 Feb 2013) » More about Distinguished International Visitor, Professor Geraldine Pratt of the University of British Columbia


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.

(8 Feb 2013) » More about Domestic Violence Research Taken up by Scotland's New Police Force


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.

Further Details

(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.

Further Details

(8 Jan 2013)


Tim Burt honoured by Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union

AUG Reception

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.

Further Details

(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."

(12 Nov 2012) » More about Dr Ian Evans awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by 'Stefan cel Mare' University of Suceava (Romania)


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

Further Details

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

Further Details

(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

Further Details

(2 Nov 2012)


Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship in numerical rock slope modelling

Deadline for Applications: 14th November, 2012

Further Details

(26 Oct 2012)


Ice Sheet Retreat Controlled by the Landscape

Iceberg Marguerite Bay

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:

The Department would welcome enquiries from potential applicants for a range of funded Fellowship positions available in the University.

(17 Oct 2012) » More about Research Fellowship Funding Opportunities Now Available


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

Laique Pride

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

Ice Sheet Collapse

Congratulations to Dr Chris Stokes, who has been awarded a NERC standard grant to investigate the mechanisms of ice sheet collapse.

(14 Aug 2012) » More about New funds to investigate mechanisms of ice sheet collapse


Palm trees once thrived in the Antarctic 52 million years ago

Tropical and Ice

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.

(13 Aug 2012) » More about Palm trees once thrived in the Antarctic 52 million years ago


The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Solar Cooker

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.

(5 Jul 2012) » More about The Rising Powers, Clean Development and the Low Carbon Transition in Sub-Saharan 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

Sittaford Tor Valley

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.

(23 Apr 2012) » More about Earthquakes without frontiers - Consortium grant awarded


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.

(9 Feb 2012) » More about Masters by Research (MRes) Studentship Supported by the Environment Agency (EA)


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

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society recently awarded their President's prize to Professor Danny Donoghue, Dr Niko Galiatsatos, Jamil Mahmood & Marco Nebbia from the Department.

(9 Jan 2012) » More about 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.

(23 Nov 2011) » More about Environmental Science: Good governance for geoengineering


Engineering team heads to Antarctica to explore hidden lake

Durham University is playing a key role on an extraordinary Antarctica project.

(25 Oct 2011) » More about Engineering team heads to Antarctica to explore hidden lake


Final Year Students & Academic Staff 2011 photograph available to download

2011 Graduates

Click here to download 300dpi .jpg file of the photograph.

(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'

A previous Durham Geography expedition on the trail of one of the Icelandic interior glaciers in 2009.

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.

(1 Jun 2011) » More about David Evans and the Department of Geography undergraduate Iceland Expedition win the 'Land Rover Go Beyond Bursary 2011'


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.

(9 Dec 2010) » More about Alex Densmore gives first 2011 Shell University Lecture


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.

(2 Dec 2010) » More about Gordon MacLeod to be Critical Surveys Editor for Flagship Journal


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.

(2 Dec 2010) » More about Stuart Lane honoured by European Geosciences Union


Britain should follow French and German ways of engaging with China, says leading expert

Dr Marcus Power, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

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

Martin Pratt, Director of Geography Department’s International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) has been awarded the 2010 Michael Barrett Award of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

(7 Jul 2010) » More about 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.

(18 May 2010) » More about Fellowship to focus on landscape responses to climate change


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.

(2 Feb 2010) » More about MA/MSc 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 honoured

Professor 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 Lecture

Ash 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 geographer

Durham 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.

(14 Oct 2009) » More about Keynote Address at EU Open Day University in Brussels: Does Geography Matter?


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.

(9 Oct 2009) » More about New coastland map could help strengthen sea defences


Durham Geographer Honoured

Dr Ian Evans has been elected the first Chair of the newly formed Geomorpometry Society at a meeting in Zurich in September, 2009.

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).

(2 Oct 2009) » More about Durham Geography ranked 3rd in Times’ league table


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.

(1 Oct 2009) » More about Geography researchers launch science policy report in Brussels


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".

(29 Jul 2009) » More about Pacific tsunami threat greater than expected, Professor Shennan’s research reports


Durham geography lecturer speaks to the BBC about recent local floods

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/8163969.stm

(27 Jul 2009)


Final Year Students & Academic Staff 2009 photograph available to download

Click here to download 300dpi .jpg file of the photograph

(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.

(23 Jul 2009) » More about IHRR awarded £1.75 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust


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.

(11 Jun 2009) » More about Masters Student Awarded GIScience Research Group Prize


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

(6 Jun 2009) » More about Durham Geography is Rated Third in 2010 Times Good University Guide


EPSRC Large Grant Success for Professor Sarah Curtis

(6 Jun 2009) » More about 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

(6 Jun 2009) » More about 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.

(18 May 2009) » More about National Geographic features IBRU Arctic Ocean mapping


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.

(24 Apr 2009) » More about Dr Christine Dunn receives 2009 RGS/IBG Cuthbert Peek Award


Durham students successful in winning national awards

(21 Apr 2009) » More about Durham students successful in winning national awards


Geography Paper Wins Prize

A 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

(1 Apr 2009) » More about 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.

(25 Mar 2009) » More about Dr Jeff Warburton awarded University Enhancing the Student Learning Experience grants


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.

(25 Mar 2009) » More about Professor Sarah Curtis awarded a £713K grant from the EPSRC to investigate Built Infrastructure for Older People in Conditions of Climate Change


Talbert Abrams Award and ERDAS award

Dr 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 futher 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 splash

Research 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.

See: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Royal-honours-are-reward-for.4834349.jp

(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)

(3 Oct 2008) » More about 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.

(9 Sep 2008) » More about Dr Alex Densmore awarded a NERC urgency grant to study the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake


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 Academy

Professor 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

(3 Jun 2008) » More about 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 Department

New 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.

(7 May 2008) » More about Dr Harriet Bulkeley has been awarded a Climate Change Leadership Fellowship by the Economic and Social Research Council


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:

http://www.dur.ac.uk/news/allnews/?itemno=6468 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7386383.stm

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

(7 May 2008) » More about Professor Stuart Lane predicts that the UK is entering a ‘flood-rich’ period


Former PhD student wins RGS thesis prize

Former 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.

(27 Mar 2008) » More about Professor Tony Allan 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

Connecting people, participation and place: the first international conference of participatory geographies', organised by the Geography Department, took place in Durham on 14th - 15th January 2008.

(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

http://www.durham.gov.uk/dli/usp.nsf/pws/dli_whatson+-+Print+Room+Exhibitions

(4 Dec 2007) » More about Maps of the Known World - An Exhibition of Paintings by Graham Lowe


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

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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.

(14 Nov 2007) » More about Sarah Curtis was recently appointed as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences


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

(28 Sep 2007) » More about 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 Academy

Professor 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.

(4 Jul 2007) » More about Condor project flies - Department of Geography lead the way in distributed computing


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

(15 Nov 2006) » More about 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

(10 Jul 2006) » More about 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

(19 Jun 2006) » More about 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

(7 Jun 2006) » More about 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

(10 Apr 2006) » More about 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.

(14 Feb 2006) » More about Landslide expert warns of follow-up threat to Pakistan earthquake zone


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

(1 Dec 2005) » More about 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.

(1 Dec 2005) » More about PhD student Guillaume Lestrelin achieves international recognition


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

(19 Sep 2005) » More about James Wadwell awarded ODPM Planning Research Network Prize


Department to appoint new Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk

(18 Jul 2005) » More about Department to appoint new Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk


Rob Ferguson has been awarded the British Geomorphological Research Group’s Linton Prize

(30 Jun 2005) » More about 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

(1 Jun 2005) » More about 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

(26 May 2005) » More about Professor Ray Hudson has been awarded this years Royal Geographical Society Victoria Medal


Dr Colm O'Cofaigh awarded Lewis Penny Medal by the QRA

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Launch of new website

Today marks the debut of the new Geography Department Website.

(18 Sep 2004) » More about Launch of new website