Juliet Sefton is a first year physical geography PhD student studying mangrove sediments and how they can be used to reconstruct past sea levels. Here, she reports on her first field trip for her PhD research to the mangrove forests of the Seychelles in July 2017. Follow her on Twitter @SeftonGeo for more updates.  Reblogged… 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 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


Olivia Raney Mason is a second year PhD student in Human Geography. Her research focuses on intersections between tourism and the everyday in Palestine. In this post she explores Palestinian tourist practices which promote a relationship with the everyday through cookery classes. Read more of her research on her blog: www.motioningtourism.wordpress.com   I’m a month into my… Read More


Sam Slatcher is a second year PhD student here at Durham researching the multiple and dynamic encounters that take place across ethnic and religious diversity in local inter-faith projects across northern England. Here he discusses  projects that have been funded by the Near Neighbours – a partnership between the Church Urban Fund and the Department for… Read More


Day 5 Wednesday 29/04/2015 and Day 6 Thursday 30/04/2015. My last email about my experience. I arrived in Patna, India after an uneventful but long 12-hour journey yesterday (Wednesday). Three hours to the border, two hours at the border (the Indian officials were taking their time) and then almost seven hours from R to Patna… Read More


Below is the narration of the lived experiences from Hanna Ruszczyk, PhD student conducting fieldwork in Bharatpur, Nepal during the first earthquake on April of 2015. Day 1: Saturday 25/04/2015 The earthquake started at 11:56 am on the day of rest (Saturday), therefore there were not any vehicles traveling and shops closed and few people out… Read More


By Hannah Ruszczyk Hanna Ruszczyk is a second year PhD geographer.  She is investigating the concept of resilience and how it is understood in rapidly urbanising contexts of Nepal and Bihar State, India in relation to natural hazards such as earthquakes.  Hanna is analysing whether and how community resilience can be operationalised. In this blog… Read More


By Madhumita Dutta   Madhumita Dutta is doing her PhD in Labour geography and  has just returned from doing her fieldwork in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu where she spent time doing ethnographic and participatory research work with workers in an electronics factory assembling mobile phones. She is trying to understand the arrangement of… Read More


By Lara Bezzina   Lara Bezzina, is in her second year of a Human Geography PhD, and is currently in Burkina Faso on fieldwork. Here she reflects on personal encounters with people with disabilities through the interview process. See Lara’s brilliant blog http://larabezzina.wordpress.com for more of her research and written pieces.   Fieldwork being quite a lonely encounter,… Read More