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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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Dr Kari De Pryck, collaborating with Prof Mike Hulme

Research: Kari De Pryck is a visiting postdoctoral fellow from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Her research focuses on the production of expert knowledge in international and intergovernmental institutions. Her project funded by the FNSF investigates the production of consensus in the preparation of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), with a focus on the assessment of climate policies in WG III.

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Prof Kevin Schurer, collaborating with Dr Alice Reid

Research: Prof Schürer is on sabbatical from the University of Leicester where he is Professor of English Local History and served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). He returns to Cambridge, having previously worked at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure between 1982 and 1996, and will be working with colleagues on both the Atlas of Fertility Decline project (Reid) and the History of Entrepreneurship (Bennett). Alongside these existing projects he will also be researching aspects of leaving home, migration and family structures in the second half of the nineteenth-century in England and Wales. He will also continue on-going research into Richard III’s DNA and the break in his Y-chromosome line between 1485 and the present.


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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