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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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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.

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Dr Suili Xiao, collaborating with Prof Matthew Gandy

Research: Dr. Suili Xiao is a German Chancellor fellow supported by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany. Her special research interest is “Green Cities”. In collaboration with Prof. Gandy and other colleagues, her interdisciplinary research will focus on rethinking urban nature from historical, political and cultural perspectives, also investigating value and potential of ecosystem service and urban biodiversity to improve policy and governance of urban green space for the well-being of city dwellers.

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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:

Dr Ina Neugebauer, collaborating with Prof Christine Lane

Research: (Details to follow)