By Ingrid Medby Coming from a Geography Department, I felt like I had some experience of interdisciplinary cooperation (or at least co-existence) across the social/natural science divide. However, participating in the “Young Scientist Forum” (YSF) in the Norwegian High North showed me just how fruitful such cooperation can be. The YSF is an annual, travelling… 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 Johanne M. Bruun Johanne M. Bruun is a PhD student of political geography focusing on the politics of Danish and US scientific endeavours in 1950s Greenland. Her research explores the relationships between technical science (including, but not limited to cartography), spatial legibility, and the production of territory. In this post she reflects on her… 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


By Sam Slatcher   Within this article, Sam Slatcher (First year Human Geography PhD student) reflects on the LIVEDIFFERENCE conference – Sam’s first academic conference! Just over a month ago I attended a conference titled ‘The Future of Social Relations: Rethinking Prejudice and Togetherness in Times of Crisis’ in Sheffield. It couldn’t have come at a… Read More


By Bertie Miles   Welcome to Bertie Miles‘ article, detailing life as a field assistant as part of Ben Chandler’s MSc project looking at moraine Skàlafellsjökull Iceland (see related paper). This is a light-hearted look at fieldwork within Iceland and, as Bertie has put it, promises to contain as little relevance to geography as possible. Day… Read More


By Julia Heslop   This post by Julia Heslop (Human Geography PhD student) has been reblogged from Julia’s excellent personal blog – unofficial culture. Since arriving in Albania my research has centred on an informal settlement clinging onto the very outskirts of Tirana, the capital city. In actual fact the community is in the municipality… Read More


By Ingrid Medby This post by Ingrid Medby (Human Geography PhD student) is about Ingrid’s experiences attending the recent ASEN 2014 conference held in London. Ingrid was the recipient of an Ustinov College travel grant. Every year, the Association for the Studies of Nationalism and Ethnicity (ASEN) holds a conference related to the Association’s research topics… Read More


By Boris Popov   This post by Boris Popov (Human Geography PhD student) explores reasons why PhD students should consider academic blogging. Before I even begin making my case for blogging as a PhD student, I know what you’re going to say because I’ve heard it before and I’ve said it myself. ‘I don’t have… Read More