Opening address

Professor Paul Milbourne – Head of Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning

Paul Milbourne is a Professor of Human Geography, Head of the School of Geography and Planning and Director of Cardiff University’s Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Space. His main interests lie in the fields of social and environmental geographies. A key motivation behind his research and writing is the continued presence of poverty, homelessness and other forms of injustice within contemporary society. He has written widely on these themes, receiving research grants totaling £10.5 million, publishing seven books and more than 100 journal articles, book sections and research reports.

Dr Sarah L. Evans – Professional Officer: Conference and Research Groups, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Sarah Evans works in the Research and Higher Education Division at the RGS-IBG. Her role includes organising the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, and supporting the Society’s 30 Research and Working Groups in their activities. Prior to taking on this role, Sarah carried out her doctoral research on the Society’s Collections as part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme and in partnership with the University of the West of England. Her research investigated women’s participation in RGS-supported expeditions between 1913 and 1970.


Daniel Raven-Ellison – Guerrilla Geographer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and Coordinator of the Greater London National Park City Initiative

Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Explorer and is leading the campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. A self-proclaimed fanatic geographer, Daniel was the head of a secondary school geography department when he co-founded a radical public campaign to promote the importance of geography. He is also an author of the guerrilla geography children’s book series – Mission:Explore.

An explorer in his own right, Daniel has walked across some of the world’s largest cities and in 2016 completed an expedition to walk 1,686km across all of the UK’s national parks and cities. To make things interesting, he wore a headset that recorded six of his emotions across the whole adventure. Daniel is currently drafting a short mini-manifesto for making places better based on his experiences.

Daniel’s main work for the past three years has been a campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. His biggest public geography project yet, this revolutionary idea for the capital could become a reality in the near future.

Connect with Daniel in advance of the talk on Twitter at @DanRavenEllison.

Professor Mark Jayne – Professor of Human Geography, Cardiff University

Mark Jaynemark-jayne is Professor of Human Geography at Cardiff University, UK. He is a social and cultural geographer whose research interests include consumption, the urban order, city cultures and cultural economy.

Mark has published around 75 journal articles, book chapters and official reports and has undertaken empirical research in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, USA and China. Mark is author of Cities and Consumption (Routledge, 2005), co-author of Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness: (Dis)Orderly Spaces (Ashgate, 2011) and Childhood, Family, Alcohol (Ashgate, 2016). Mark is also co-editor/editor of City of Quarters: Urban Villages in the Contemporary City (Ashgate, 2004), Small Cities: Urban Experience Beyond the Metropolis (Routledge, 2006), Urban Theory Beyond the West: A World of Cities (Routledge, 2012) Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2016) and Chinese Urbanism: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2017). Mark also heads up the School’s Social and Cultural Research Group.