Here Josh Leigh provides some highlights from a Durham University Mountain Biking Club event in Wales. It serves as a nice reminder to take breaks and continue with your interests no matter how busy you might be..!   Seven months into my PhD, and things are starting to ramp up. I finally have a formal… Read More


Clair Cooper, first year Human Geography PhD student tells us about the EU Horizon 2020 Naturvation programme being led by Durham Geography and her work to investigate how Nature-based Solutions influence quality of life in the urban realm. Around the world societies are under pressure due to the interacting forces of global and local environmental… Read More


  Yu-Shan Tseng, a second year PhD student, reflects on her fieldwork experiences in urban Spain.   Is Decide Madrid for the communities without “El Corte Inglés” (possibly equivalent to John Lewis in the UK)? July 2017   It is suffice to say that both places that I stayed in Barcelona and Madrid for my… Read More


  First year Human Geography PhD student Christoph Doppelhofer offers a fascinating insight into George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones . Through a discussion of the opening sequence of the TV series, Christoph considers the spatial relations and immersive experiences which create such a complex world . Using his background in Visual Arts and Culture,… Read More


Third year Human Geography PhD student Olivia Raney Mason  is currently walking the Jordan Trail as part of her research into  alternative tourism practices. Part way through the trail she reflects on the act of walking a ‘modern day pilgrimage’ and what walking as a cultural act can tell us about freedom or control, settlement expansion… Read More


In this post Jenny Horrocks, a PhD student in Physical Geography, discusses the challenges of summarising a thesis in 3 minutes!   I’m a PhD student in the Department of Geography and my research uses marine sediments from Antarctica to reconstruct long-term climate change. On 12th September 2016, I competed in the national final of… Read More


In this blog post second year Human Geography PhD student Olivia Raney Mason reflects on her experience of being denied entry into Israel and the personal feelings and consequences resulting from this. The is reblogged from her great blog Motioning Tourism.   ‘Can I exchange these Israeli shekels into British pounds please?’ I’m at the… Read More


In this post third year Human Geography PhD student Sophie Tindale reflects on the RSG-IBG Postgrad Forum in Newcastle she attended, presenting her work on water resource management. The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum mid-term conference took place over two days last week (17th-18th March) at Newcastle University. The conference is an annual event organised by a… Read More


Co-produced research involves external partners from start to finish, builds lasting relationships and is actively involved in generating impact. Yet co-production sits uncomfortably with how impact is currently understood. In this post Rachel Pain and Ruth Raynor  explore how the process of co-production has the potential to make research and its outcomes richer as collaborators pool diverse ideas,… Read More