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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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Dr Somaiyeh Falahat, collaborating with Prof Matthew Gandy

Research: Urban modernity, post-colonialism, politics of production of knowledge, neighbourhoods and urban planning.

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Prof Hans Linderholm, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen

Research: Hans is a professor in Physical Geography at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research is focused on assessing climate variability in Eurasia and the Arctic from the past (last 2000 years) to the future (next 100 years), including the influence of the large-scale circulation in the oceans and atmosphere in these regions. He currently leads research projects focusing on understanding the northern hemisphere Jetstream in a long-term context, and the impact of climate change on human health in Europe during the late Holocene.

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Mr Rogelio Luque-Lora, collaborating with Dr Chris Sandbrook

Research: Rogelio works as a Research Assistant for the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, as part of the Future of Conservation project ( His work focuses on developing knowledge about why and how conservationists think that 'nature' should be conserved. In a more applied way, he also liaises with conservation NGOs to promote the use of the GO-FOX tool (, with the aim of encouraging debate and strategic planning in the context of current debates in conservation. He was previously a member of the Department, and worked with Dr Chris Sandbrook and Professors Bill Adams, Bhaskar Vira and Tom Spencer on various projects.

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Dr Ina Neugebauer, collaborating with Prof Christine Lane

Research: Ina Neugebauer is a Quaternary geologist and palaeoclimatologist. She did her PhD at the German Research Centre for Geosciences, followed by a postdoc project at the Department of Earth Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research focuses on (annually) laminated lake sediments and the use of high-resolution micro-facies and geochemical analyses to reconstruct past abrupt climate changes and hydro-meteorological extreme events. Her main regional focus is on hyperarid environments, as these are particularly vulnerable to climate change. In collaboration with Prof Lane and her team, Ina will search for traces of volcanic ashes in sediment cores from the Dead Sea. Identifying these cryptotephras will allow synchronising different palaeoclimate records from the Mediterranean region.

Prof Yvonne Underhill-Sem, collaborating with Prof Sarah Radcliffe

Research: (Details to follow)

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Dr Julie Zaehringer, collaborating with Prof Bhaskar Vira

Research: Dr. Julie Zaehringer is an environmental scientist with a PhD in geography and sustainable development and a strong interest in socio-ecological systems' research in least-developed countries. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern in Switzerland. In her current research, she focuses on the interlinkages between land use changes, ecosystem services, and human well-being in the context of land investments and conservation in East Africa and South-East Asia. She is especially curious to understand what ecosystem service benefits land users obtain from different land uses and how the link between ecosystem services and human well-being has changed over time. Furthermore, she investigates how land investments directly and indirectly affect land use and the implications of these land use changes for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

Those soon to join us:

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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.