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Department of Geography

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Undergraduate study

Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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Graduate study

The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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People in the Department

The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research groups

Research in the Department of Geography, arranged in five thematic research groups, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise is both conceptual and applied, and our goals as free ranging as policy oriented.

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New book on criminal corpses

21st August, 2014


A new book by Shane McCorristine has been published: William Corder and the Red Barn Murder: Journeys of the Criminal Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

This book, written as part of a Wellcome Trust project at the University of Leicester, looks at the notorious killing of Maria Martin at the Red Barn in Polstead, Suffolk, by William Corder in 1827. Corder's arrest and trial in 1828 were sensational events and his subsequent hanging made him into a celebrity criminal, endlessly brought back to life by preachers, ballad singers, anatomists and theatre managers. Corder's corpse was anatomised, skinned, and galvanised, and some of his body parts are still available to be viewed by the public in the Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, serving as an example of how criminal bodies have historically been commoditised in order to 'curate' crime.

Fixed-term Lectureship in Human Geography

5th August, 2014


The Department currently has a vacancy for a Lecturer in Human Geography, working in the areas of historical, political and/or economic geography. The post is available from 1 October 2014 to 30 June 2016. The successful candidate will also be considered for a Bye-Fellowship at Fitzwilliam College for the same period. College duties will be separately remunerated, and will include up to four hours per week of supervision (small group teaching).

IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress

30th July, 2014


We are delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Dave McLaughlin, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress. Dave will commence his research in Michaelmas 2014.

IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress

14th July, 2014


We are delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Ave Lauren, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress.

Geography PhD student in Nature Climate Change, July 2014

1st July, 2014


A new article published by PhD student, David Christian Rose, his first academic publication, discusses 'five ways' in which researchers might enhance the impact of climate science. In recognising that evidence is just one factor in a complex decision-making process, climate scientists would do well to 1) reject an evidence-based mindset to presenting knowledge, and 2) adopt an evidence-informed approach allowing knowledge to be persuasive after interaction with other factors. As part of this mindset, climate scientists should 3) not overrate certainty of evidence, 4) tell good news stories, and 5) re-frame climate science to be policy relevant whenever possible.

Rose, D.C. (2014) 'Five ways to enhance the impact of climate science', Nature Climate Change, 4 (7) (25 June 2014): 522–524.

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On 8-9 September 2014, the department will be hosting a major international Symposium, 'The Shrinking Commons', to debate the changing nature of the commons and the intellectual and political challenges posed by the changes.

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