Chair: Llinos Brown
Llinos is a PhD candidate at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston. Her research is funded from an industrial CASE studentship and explores energy cultures in the workplace. It seeks to explore how employees use energy (electricity and gas) in the workplace and what influences these decisions. A particular focus is determining if different work environments experience different energy cultures and whether varying spatial scales impact these cultures. Llinos holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography, obtained from The University of Manchester in 2010. In her spare time Llinos is a bit of an adrenaline junky who enjoys mountain biking in the UK and abroad.
Llinos is on twitter @LlinosBrownGeog
Secretary: Mary Greene
Mary is a PhD scholar in the Geography department of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Upon completion of her BA degree in NUI Galway, Mary spent a couple of years travelling around the world after which she completed an MSc degree in the Geography department at University College London. Upon receipt of an Irish Research Scholarship in September 2012, Mary returned to the Geography department at NUI Galway to research everyday consumption practices from a life-course context. Mary’s interest in sustainability and social change issues extends far beyond an academic pursuit. In this respect she is a committed activist researcher with a strong interest in the co-production and communication of geographical knowledge beyond the academy. Some of Mary’s other interests include music, cooking, hiking, cycling & exploring the outdoors.
Mary is on twitter @MaryRoseGreene
Treasurer and Social Co-ordinator: Sarah Bowyer
Sarah is currently a doctoral student at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her study title is ‘‘Participatory Mapping of Health Indicators and Services as a Tool for Anticipatory Co-Planning’ – Exploring a method to include the ‘local voice’ in the planning of future health care in rural Scotland’. She is funded by a European Structural Fund Studentship. Based in Inverness with the Rural Health And Wellbeing Group, in the Division of Health Research, Sarah’s research is investigating the use of participatory mapping as a tool for anticipatory rural health services planning. The aim is to see how such methods can capture and present the thoughts of people living in remote and rural areas, on how aspects of their environment affect their health. The research will investigate how this information can then contribute to rural health service planning.
Sarah’s other research interests are in community engagement, participation and co- production of services, and stemming from previous work and studies in nutrition and food policy she also has a keen interest in food access, food security and health inequalities. Her hobbies include getting together with family and friends and getting outside for walking or cycling
PGF-ACTS Co-ordinator: Natalie Tebbett
Natalie is a Higher Education Academy Mike Baker doctoral student in the Department of Geography, Loughborough University. Her PhD project will examine existing practices of knowledge transfer in teaching and learning through non-UK academic staff and their potential contribution to the internationalisation of UK students. In particular, she will analyse how international academic staff transfer, adapt and apply international ideas and concepts acquired in non-UK pedagogic environments to UK students ‘at home’. Natalie has a BA (Hons) in Human Geography and an MSc in Human Geography Research.
Natalie is on twitter @NatalieTebbett
PGF-ACTS Co-ordinator: Jonathan Duckett
Jonathan is a second year PhD student in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University. His research focuses on the performances and representations of youth citizenship and national identity during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Referendum on Scottish Independence. Jonathan’s role the RGS-PGF is to organise the Postgraduate ACTS session at the RGS Annual Conference in 2015 in partnership with Natalie Tebbett.
Annual Conference Session Organisor: Greg Thomas
Greg is PhD candidate and Undergraduate tutor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. He chose to stay in Aberystwyth to pursue a PhD after completing his BSc in Geography (2012) and MA in Regional and Environmental Policy (2014) in the department. Using the case study of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, his current research investigates the role and transformative effects of agricultural shows in the modern day countryside.
More broadly Greg is interested in rural geography, youth geographies, and social and cultural geography. Teaching is a great passion for Greg and he is interested in developing new pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in higher education.
Annual Conference Session Organisor: Will Andrews
Will is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. His PhD research takes an in depth look at what motivates enthusiasts to put time, money and emotional investment into modified cars as well as an investigation of the culture which surrounds this. Methodologically Will has a particular interest in autoethnographic research methods and research with online communities of enthusiasts. Wider research interests include; geographies of the car, geographies of enthusiasm and mobilities research. Prior to studying for his PhD he completed a Geography degree and a Master’s in Regional & Environmental Policy both at Aberystwyth. Will is also a News Editor for the RGS-IBG’s Geography Directions website.
Will is on Twitter @Will_Geog
Mid-Term Conference Co-ordinator: Kate Orgill
Kate is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at The University of Sheffield. Her research is funded by the BESS programme, which is part of NERC, and is an interdisciplinary project. The project looks at wetland restoration in the Humberhead Levels and explores the biodiversity, ecosystem services and real-world conservation issues in this area in order to develop a framework for landscape scale restoration. Kate holds an MSc in Environmental Analysis of Terrestrial Systems from The University of Sheffield and a BSc in Geography from Durham University. In her spare time Kate enjoys running, football, walking and music.
Mid-Term Conference Co-ordinator: Amy Jowett
Amy is a third year PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. Supervised by Professors Edward Hanna and Chris Clark, her research focusses on improving estimates of Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance over the last 140 years and assessing the relative contributions of surface mass balance to total mass loss. She holds a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Polar and Alpine Change, both from the University of Sheffield. In her spare time Amy enjoys sewing, crafting and playing with Evie, her baby rabbit.
Mid-Term Conference Co-ordinator: Amber Wilson
Amber is a second-year PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, funded by the ERSC White Rose DTC Network. Her research utilises census data in order to understand the changing geo-demographics of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011. In particular, she is focusing on small-level data analysis to determine the ‘social vulnerability’ of neighbourhoods; using both GIS and quantitative data methods. From her roles as PG Forum co-ordinator in her department and as well as a Student Lead within the White Rose DTC, Amber hopes to continue fostering collaboration and participation within the wider postgraduate community. In her spare time Amber is a (wannabe) cook and has a love of all things that are penguin related.
Mid-Term Conference Co-ordinator: Alex Hastie
I am a second year PhD student at the University of Sheffield, interested in the postcolonial cinemas of France and the French Maghreb, investigating the ways in which these cinemas problematise notions of national borders, nationality, and citizenship, as well as how colonial history is remembered, constructed, and mediated in this group of films. I am also interested in how these films are circulated and consumed in the English speaking world, where new meanings are produced through processes of subtitling and critical reviews. I have a broader interest in postcolonial geographies, critical postcolonial theory, and film geographies. I also organise monthly film screenings in my department.