In 2016 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool. I previously worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University (2012-2016) and before that, an Associate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield (2011-2012). Prior to this I was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London whilst completing my PhD (2007-2011).
In 2015, I was delighted to be nominated for a Student-Led Teaching Award at Aberystwyth. In the recent awards ceremony I was highly commended as Personal Tutor of the Year.
In addition, I am also involved in teaching related activities beyond the department in Liverpool:
I am a Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) having completed a course in Teaching to Inspire Learning.
I am the Education Officer for the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
I am also currently writing my first textbook (under contract with SAGE Publications: London)
My approach to teaching
Geography is a situated subject – we live our lives in and through space and place – this makes the subject exciting and relevant as we can observe and engage with geographies at work all around us, everyday.
As such, I strongly believe teaching should be engaging also, relying not only on lectures, but film, photography, discussion;’wiki’ group projects and workshop sessions, to enable students to critically analyse the world we live in and to provide important skills for future employment.
My teaching specialisms
I have experience teaching a wide range of geographical topics. At Aberystwyth and Sheffield I was involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision. I delivered lectures on the social and cultural geographies, research methods, historical geographies and mediated geographies. I was also involved in the urban fieldclass to New York.
At Royal Holloway I led seminars focusing on geographies of memory, music and material culture and the geographies of mobility. I also assisted teaching qualitative methods.
My teaching, past and present, reflects my research interests and methodological sensitivities, allowing me to bring the most up to date readings and debates in the discipline, to lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions.
I am personal tutor to undergraduate students (at levels 1, 2 and 3) and a dissertation supervisor to BA and MA students conducting research projects on themes such as place, mobility, material culture and political action.
I also supervise PhD research. My current student, Samantha Saville, is funded by the ESRC and is completing a project on Cultural Values in Arctic Environments. Details of her research can be found here.
I welcome inquires from those wishing to pursue PhD projects around my areas of interest (please Contact me)