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


Sarah Hughes, a second year PhD student in Human Geography explores creativity and resistance within the UK’s asylum regime. She tells us that she is “currently in the midst of an enjoyable muddle of data collection, reading, writing and teaching!” So she’s written this blog post in the form of diary entries, covering what turned… 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


Here second year Human Geography PhD student Andrew Telford talks about his experience of speaking at his first large conference, the Royal Geographic Society conference in Exeter at the beginning of September.   The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is a signature event in the diaries of many geographers. Considering this, I was especially anxious about… 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


For a number of years now, we have organised postgraduate seminar series to allow us to present and gain feedback on our work in a friendly and supportive environment. We are running this again this year and it will consist of fortnightly seminars between 4-6pm on Wednesday afternoons. We are now sending a call out… Read More


Our usual 11:00 a.m. coffee was turned today into a cake stand where Geography department Postgraduates volunteer to bake and sell cakes in the Manley Room to raise money in support of the Nepal Earthquake survivors.     The donations raised this morning reach the amount of £470.57. Olivia Raney Mason and Sarah Hughes, who were the organizers… 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