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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.

Current Visiting Scholars in the Department:

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Prof Marc Hanewinkel, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen

Research: Marc Hanewinkel is a professor and head of the Chair of Forestry Economics and Forest Planning at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in Germany. His research focusses on analysing major ecosystem goods and services and biodiversity of forests from an economic point of view under climate change. His group therefore uses process-based models for economic analyses of forest management strategies under changing environmental conditions. In addition to that his research deals with analysing and handling multiple risks and uncertainties in forest management and perceptions and attitudes towards risks and uncertainties of decision makers in order to develop robust decision approaches under deep uncertainty.

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Dr Anneleen Kenis

Research: Anneleen Kenis is a senior post-doctoral research fellow at the Division of Geography (KU Leuven, Belgium) and the Centre for Sustainable Development (CDO) (Ghent University, Belgium). Her current research is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). My current research project is entitled ‘Time and The Political: Navigating the Temporalities of Climate Change‘ and studies the (de)politicising effects of temporal discourses, e.g. in pleas to declare a state of emergency, discourses on clashing temporalities, intergenerational conflicts and imaginaries on historical time. Empirically, the project investigates, amongst others, the moving deadlines of climate modelling, the emergency discourses of new climate movements, and the increasing focus on large scale technological interventions, such as carbon capture and storage and geo-engineering, which are discursively framed as means to ‘buy time’. Research interests include political ecology, feminist and queer ecologies, scholar activism, social movement studies, and critical political-theoretical approaches to climate change, air pollution, and bio- and geoengineering.

Prof Warwick Murray, collaborating with Prof Emma Mawdsley

Research: (Details to follow)

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Dr Daniel Veres

Research: Daniel Veres is a geologist with a PhD in Quaternary Geology from Stockholm University, and currently senior scientist with the Romanian Academy (Institute of Speleology) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research tackles paleoenvironmental change, the reconstruction of the terrestrial response to millennial-scale climate variability during the Quaternary, comparison with developments worldwide, tephrochronology, and human impact on the environment.

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Dr Chao Xie

Research: I am currently working on the project “Contemporary British Climate Change Poetry” sponsored by China Scholarship Council. This project aims to explore how contemporary British poets respond to the current climate crisis in their poetry and how these poetic works can influence readers affectively. By reading the poetry of Peter Reading, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and others who are concerned about the environmental crisis, this project attempts to analyze the strategies these poets use to represent and engage in the realistic climate change. This project is an interdisciplinary study that draws on the theories of ecocriticism, environmental humanities, affective theories, and climatology. It mainly focuses on themes of apocalypse, globalism, corporeality, and environmental justice.

Those soon to join us:

Prof Hilde Sommerseth, collaborating with Prof Alice Reid


Hilde L. Sommerseth, Professor of historical demography at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), and director of the Norwegian Historical Data Centre (NHDC). Collaborating with professor Alice Reid and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

Sommerseth has decades of experience working with microdata from the historical population censuses and church books of Norway and has from 2015 been a partner in the construction of the Norwegian Historical Population Register (HPR). This register enables researchers to follow individuals who resided in Norway between 1801 and 1964, their life course history nested within and across generations. Sommerseth and her team at the NHDC are responsible for formatting the HPR data for use by the international research community. This work also involves developing a public platform for dissemination of the register along with interactive tools for analysis.

Sommerseth’s research centres on historical demography, with a focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Intergenerational studies is the nucleus of her interest, stretching from studies on mortality to research on household composition. Key subjects are causes of death, gendering of diseases, human capital, social inequality in health, ethnicity, masculinity, and ageing.


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

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.

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