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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 Thomas Aubry, collaborating with Dr Anja Schmidt

Research: Thomas is a Royal Society Newton International Fellow working on interactions between climate and volcanoes. His PhD at the University of British Columbia focused on improving our understanding and modeling capacities of volcanic plumes, including how their rise is affected by climate. In Cambridge, he will use the UK climate model to investigate how changes in plume dynamics, atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric circulation driven by ongoing climate change may affect the impacts of future volcanic eruptions.

Dr Nicholas Blegen, collaborating with Prof Christine Lane

Research: (Details to follow)

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Dr Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen

Research: Dr Ljungqvist is an historian and palaeoclimatologist from Stockholm University, Sweden, where he has taught and conducted research for more than ten years. His present research focuses on the links between past climate variability and extremes, and harvest yields, socio-economic conditions, health, and human well-being. Dr Ljungqvist is also conducting research on various aspects of climate variability at regional to global scales during the late Holocene, and in particular on the co-variability between temperature and hydroclimate at different spatial and temporal scales, hemispheric to regional-scale multiproxy climate reconstructions, and palaeoclimate model simulation–proxy data comparisons. He is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, and the author of four books, two about how climate changes have affected humankind throughout the course of history; one about the Late Iron Age and Medieval Scandinavia; and one studies the legal regulations of kingship in medieval Scandinavia. In June 2018 he was admitted as a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow (with start July 2019) by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

Dr Alan Crivellaro, collaborating with Prof Ulf Büntgen


Dr Alan Crivellaro is a plant ecologist and wood scientist with a strong research interest on linking cells to ecosystems functioning, including treeless areas of most of Earth’s biomes. Fundamental aspects of his work involve the study of anatomical traits and their variations along the plant stem of trees, shrubs and herbs. The knowledge gained is then applied to understand how plants structure changes according to different growing conditions, to infer how plants cope in a changing environment. A complementary strand of work in his research is wood and timber identification and properties, including archaeological wood remains and illegally traded timber species. Dr Crivellaro loves providing conditions in which students can learn.

In collaboration with Prof Ulf Büntgen and the Climate and Environmental Dynamics group, he will work on quantitative wood anatomy in relation to global change biology and ecology, including wood identification and anatomical features analyses in dendroecology.

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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 Helen Green, collaborating with Dr Romola Davenport

Research: Helen Green is an epidemiologist currently training in public health in the UK. Her PhD was carried out at Public Health England and the University of Amsterdam on assessing the epidemiological impact of extending the national influenza vaccination programme to healthy children in England. She has worked in infectious disease and mortality surveillance nationally and internationally, including consulting for UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Her research interests and areas of work focus on translating data into public health action, exploring the utility of big data and technology in healthcare, and interrogating geographical variation in health. In collaboration with Dr Davenport and the Campop team, Helen will explore historical geographies of health and mortality in conjunction with current patterns and integration of demographic and historical perspectives into public health research.

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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.