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People in the Department: Visiting Scholars

People in the Department: Visiting Scholars

The aim of a Visiting Scholar is to discuss and share ideas with another academic in our Department who works within the same, or closely related, field of interest. From this mutual collaboration may come ideas, joint publications and grant applications for future joint research projects. For stays of six months or more, we expect a short report (500 words), to be submitted by the host to the Director of Research within three months of the end of the visit, detailing the activities undertaken in Cambridge.

Our Visiting Scholars have a PhD degree, are carrying out research and looking to collaborate with academics in the Department of Geography at Cambridge while they are taking a sabbatical from their home institution. While a Visiting Scholar will have a prime point of contact - their 'host' - we hope that they will engage more widely with our research activities, through attending meetings of our Thematic Research Groups and through discussions with individual researchers in the Department. And we encourage links with researchers in other Faculties and Departments in Cambridge over the course of their stay.

The Department of Geography accepts Visiting Scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and research fields. They can be either supported by their institutions or self-funded.

We cannot provide Visiting Scholars with any help finding accommodation, setting up childcare facilities, or other personal welfare. Please note that the University of Cambridge does not provide childcare support to visitors. The University Accommodation service may be able to help with accommodation.

In order to be an academic visitor in the Department you need to be invited by a member of the Department academic staff.

Read about how to apply to be a Visiting Scholar.

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Work Permits - If you are from a non-EU country, you need to check with your British Embassy regarding the necessity of a visa and/or work permit. The Home Office has recently changed its rules for visitors and has not yet provided a specific new channel through which a potential visitor may apply.

Current Visiting Scholars in the Department:

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Dr Shinichiro Asayama, collaborating with Prof Mike Hulme

Research: Shinichiro Asayama is a JSPS research fellow at Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan. Through interpretative social science analysis, his research focuses on studying the role of discourses, framings, narratives, imaginaries and worldviews in shaping public debates around the science-politics interface of climate change, such as the IPCC, CCS and geoengineering.

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Mrs Julie Boreham, collaborating with Dr Steve Boreham

Research: Julie Boreham is a Geoarchaeologist with a special interest in British Prehistory and Native American palaeo-environments of the Southwest USA. Her current research, in collaboration with Dr Steve Boreham and other members of the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, involves the development of new techniques and methodologies for the impregnation and thin sectioning of traditionally difficult and challenging soils and sediments using polymer-based resins.

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Dr Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen

Research: Dr Ljungqvist is a palaeoclimatologist and historian from Stockholm University, Sweden. His present research focus on various aspects of regional to global scale climate variability during the late Holocene, in particular the co-variability between temperature and hydroclimate at different spatial and temporal scales, hemispheric to regional-scale multiproxy climate reconstructions, and palaeomodel simulation–proxy data comparisons. Dr Ljungqvist is also researching the linkages between past climate extremes and socio-economic conditions, health, and human well-being during the last two millennia. He is author or co-author of more than 40 peer reviewed articles and author of three books, two about how climate changes have affected mankind throughout the course of history and of one about the Late Iron Age and Medieval Scandinavia.

Dr Somaiyeh Falahat, collaborating with Prof Matthew Gandy


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Dr Jie Li, collaborating with Prof Ash Amin

Research: Dr. Jie Li is an urban geographer with a special research interest in urban development and governance in China, and the interplay between urban living and mental health. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at King’s College London. Her current research, in collaboration with Prof Ash Amin and other colleagues, involves using innovative methodologies to understand migration, urbanization and mental health challenges in China and develop a new type of contextual-specific mental health surveying instrument informed by sociological data.

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Dr Mark Schuerch, collaborating with Prof Tom Spencer

Research: Mark Schuerch is a coastal geographer. His research focus lies on the physical impacts of accelerated sea-level rise on coastal wetlands. These wetlands are important ecosystems and habitats for many red-listed plants and animals. In particular, he concentrates on the physical processes of sediment accretion on salt marshes and on the related processes in the foreshore of the salt marshes. By means of field measurements and numerical modelling he unravels the interactions between salt marshes and the tidal basins adjacent to these marshes.