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Reading groups in the Department

Reading groups in the Department

Reading groups are set up from time to time in the Department.

Current reading groups include:

Agent-based modelling reading group

Agent-based modelling reading group

This group of postgrads and academic staff meets fortnightly during term to discuss modelling of the interaction between human and other environmental systems, using agent-based techniques to represent aspects of human behaviour.

Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group (CHiPP)

Circumpolar History and Public Policy

Research in the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group (CHiPP) aims to address issues of contemporary relevance to the polar regions by bringing together historical analysis and public policy debate.

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Geographical Information Science (GISc) Forum

GISc is the science that underpins the management, presentation and analysis of many types of spatial (geographical) data. The forum is open to postgraduates, research staff and academic staff and is of particular interest to those whose research involves working with quantitative spatial data and/or GIS (Geographical Information Systems). There are up to 3 sessions termly, with a brief introduction to a topic of interest, followed by open discussion. Topics could be anything from an introduction to an interesting new technique, or summary of a recent paper, to descriptions of recent research results or work planned or in progress.

Humanitarianism reading group

Humanitarianism reading group

We are a relatively new group interested in exploring issues around humanitarianism and citizenship in historical and contemporary perspective. We aim to meet twice a term.

The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle is a long-running group at the Scott Polar Research Institute for the informal discussion of research in progress on ritual, symbolism and the anthropology of religion worldwide, and its interface with theology, psychology and related disciplines. Participants and speakers include graduate students, senior scholars, and practitioners of religion and psychology.

Multicultural governance in Latin America reading group

Multicultural governance in Latin America reading group

Departing from a concern with multicultural legislation and the politics of race and ethnicity that have recently had such wide-ranging and differentiated effects across the continent, this reading group hopes to convene a space for the discussion of the ways in which these issues might be analysed, conceptualised, and theorised. Our interests range across the ways that subjects and states interact and mutually constitute each other; the instrumental use of culture and racialisation in policy and practice; and the politics arising in connection with, and in the wake of, multicultural reforms; and the politics of recognition in Latin America.

Political Ecology Group

Political Ecology Group

The Political Ecology Group is interested in all aspects of the symbolic and material politics of socially constructed natures. Its interests span the industrialized and developing world. Some members of the group are active in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Risk, Resilience and Environmental Governance reading group

Understanding and managing risk has become integral for environmental governance in a 'risk society' (Beck, 1992) and it is vital that environmental scientists and policy-makers alike learn to view risk in a similar way in order to formulate evidence-based policy for the good of the environment. However, it is often the case that policy-makers view risk and uncertainty quite differently from environmental scientists and it is this tension that can hold back evidence-based policy and practice. The reading group seeks to explore this tension through analysing closely journal articles, book chapters, and Government reports, which deal with the idea of risk and environmental governance.

Water Reading Group

Water Reading Group

This group meets fortnightly during the term, and involves academic staff and postgraduates from the Geography and Engineering Departments. It meets to discuss literature in physical hydrology, land-water interactions, ecosystem services and water management institutions relevant to current research interests; and to review draft papers, grant proposals, etc.

Previous reading groups