The University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
School of Geosciences
Department of Geography & Environment
St Marys- Room G07
Sept 2019-date, Teaching Fellow, University of Aberdeen
Jan 2018-Jan 2019, Contract Teaching Fellow, University of Aberdeen
2014-2018, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Aberdeen
2013-2014, Tutor and Demonstrator, The University of Edinburgh
2014-2019, PhD in Geography, University of Aberdeen
2013-2014, MSc (by Research) in Human Geography, The University of Edinburgh
2009-2013, BSc (Hons) in Geography, The University of Edinburgh
My research explores culture and everyday life, in order to engage with social, economic and political changes affecting everyday spaces and places.
Empirically, I am interested in rural and urban spaces and places as well as the everyday materialities, encounters and experiences of/with nationalism.
My interest in nationalism, and political geographies, has involved an engagement with visual methodologies and approaches to material cultures. Empirically this has been through work on the Space Shuttle Mission Patches and wider engagement with the geographies of outer space.
More recently I have been working with Dan Sage (Loughborough) on exploring the proposed Spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland, and its intersections with rural development, rural landscapes, nationalism and UK economic strategy.
As an undergraduate and research masters student at The University of Edinburgh I engaged with urban geographies, and in particular my research masters project explored the contrasting imagined and lived spaces and places of the Leith Waterfront Redevelopment.
I teach across all undergraduate levels in Geography.
Current Teaching University of Aberdeen, 2019-2020
GG1008 - Global Worlds, Global Challenges; In this first year course I am responsible for teaching workgroups and delivering a lecture introducing students to cultural geographies.
GG2014 - Space, Economy and Society; In this second year course I am responsible for delivering lectures on cultural and political geographies
GG4073 - Rural Geographies
GG1510 - Global Worlds, Local Challenges; In this first year course I am responsible for teaching workgroups and delivering an introductory lecture on economic geographies and urban change in Scotland.
GG2508 - Skills & Techniques in Geosciences; I introduce students to geographical research methods and supervise student led projects on the human geography fieldtrip to Stirling.
GG2509 - Environment & Society; I lead introductory lectures for students that engage with environmental ethics, markets, sustainability and ecosystem services.
GG3570 - Concepts in Human Geography; I course coordinate this Honours module that introduces students to the development and application of contemporary human geographical concepts.
GG3573 - Research Methods
GG3578 - Human Geography Honours Field Course; I am responsible for supervising student led projects on our International fieldtrip to Gdańsk, Poland.
GG4537 - Geographical Issues
University of Aberdeen 2014-2018
GG3071 - Approaches to Geography
GG3576 - Globalisation
The University of Edinburgh (2013-2014)
First Year Core Module: Human Geography
Second Year Core Module: Social & Cultural Geography
Third Year Honours Core Module: Research Design in Geography
Qualifications & Memberships
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015-date)
Certificate in Principles of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Aberdeen, 2015)
- Further Info
I have conducted peer review for the journals Progress in Human Geography, Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Population, Space and Place Environment and Planning A, Social Science & Medicine, Geoforum, the professional publication Oxford Bibliographies, and for Routledge's Geography books. I am interested in reviewing work in and around my research interests in cultural and political geographies, particularly those engaged with contemporary theories of place (e.g. non-representational theories and affect); rural geographies; and the geographies of outer space.
Journal Special Issue Co-Editor
I co-edited, with Mags Currie and Lorna Philip, a special issue of the Journal AGER on Rural Ageing. This issue has stemmed out of sessions I co-organised on Rural Ageing from the ESRS Conference in 2017 and the Nordic Ruralities 2018 conference. The special issue is available, open access, online.
Rural Geography Research Group
I am an ordinary member (2018-date) on the RGS-IBG Rural Geography Research Group committee. I was previously the postgraduate representative (2016-2018) where I helped co-convene the annual RGS-IBG session for 'New and Emerging Rural Researchers'.
Granite: Aberdeen University Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Journal
I was a founding Editor & Co-Editor in Chief (2015-2018) of Granite. The first Volume was published in 2017 and can be found here.
Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA) Blues Committee member (2018-date)
Geography postgraduate representative on the School of Geosciences Postgraduate Committee (2017-2019)
Postgraduate Representative for the School of Geosciences on the Postgraduate Researcher Committee (2017-2019)
Postgraduate representative on the Graduate School Postgraduate Committee Working Group 5 on Academic Admissions (2017)
Postgraduate representative on the Graduate School Postgraduate Committee on Postgraduate Additional Research Costs & Research Training Support Grants (2017-2018)
2017 European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Student Paper Competition Winner: With the paper titled ‘Affective Lives of Rural Ageing’. This paper was submitted to and published by the Journal Sociologia Ruralis.
2017 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Rural Geography Specialty Group (RGSG) Student Paper Competition Winner: With the paper presentation ‘More-than-Representational Knowledges of Rural Ageing’ delivered as part of the 'New Voices in Rural Geography' session at the AAG Annual Conference (April 2017), Boston, USA.
Academic Grant Awards
Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Rural Geography Research Group Early Career Researcher Conference Grant (2019) - £300 Contribution to the cost of the ninth Rural Quadrennial Conference, Vermont, USA
Loughborough University Invited Speaker funding (2019) - £380 Travel and accommodation for the Loughborough University Institute of Advanced Studies Research Symposium
European Society for Rural Sociology Student award (2017) - £750 Conference Fee and Accommodation for the ESRS 2017 conference, Krakow
James Hutton Institute Student Travel Award (2017) - £880 (Competition funded - 6 awards from 40 applications) -Used for AAG 2017 Conference, Boston
University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences Travel Grant (2015) - £250 Used for Emotional Geographies conference 2015, Edinburgh
University of Aberdeen and James Hutton Institute Research Studentship (2014-2018) – ~£82,000 Four Years Postgraduate funding awarded, including Stipend, Research Budget and Fees
Clan MacLaren Society (2011-2012; 2012-2013) - £250pa A.R. & K.M. Maclaren Trust - Bursary for Higher Education, used for the cost of academic fieldtrips in honours years at The University of Edinburgh
Research Training Grants
University of Aberdeen Qualitative Research Methods Spring School (2015) Place awarded following competitive application
University of Aberdeen Development Trust Student Experience Fund Grant (2017) - £500 I co-led the application and writing of this grant to the Development fund with Granite Editorial Board (co-editors Haley French and Nathan French). This money was used to run the 2017 2nd Granite Postgraduate Symposium ‘Between using and abusing our planet’.
Graduate School Conference Grant (2016) - £265 Granite Postgraduate Symposium. I was a part of a co-application to the researcher development unit for funds which were used to hold the 1st Granite Postgraduate Symposium ‘Engaging the intersections of Humanity and Technology’.
Researcher Development Unit Grant (2014-2015 Academic Year) - £250 I led a postgraduate proposal in the new student competition for the formation of a journal. The money was used to hold an incubator day for the journal Granite to set up an editorial board, and establish the journal from there.
Conference and Seminar Contributions
'Non-representational geographies:contemporary approaches, methods and practices' - co-presentation with Amy C. Barron (The University of Manchester) presented as part of 'Non-representational geographies:contemporary approaches, methods and practices' session, sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (August 2020), London
'Non-representational geographies: approaches, methods and practices' - Co-session convenor with Amy C. Barron (The University of Manchester). Sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (August 2020), London. [Call for papers deadline 7th Feb 2020]
‘Relational Ruralities: Exploring geo-historicity through the lives of older people’ – Paper presentation as part of the Ninth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and [US] American Rural Geographers (July 2019), Vermont, USA [This conference is one week and is limited to selection only with 15 people from each country].
‘The UK Space Agency and constructing ‘Global Britain’’ – Invited presentation with Daniel Sage (Loughborough University) as part of the Loughborough University Institute of Advanced Studies ‘Promoting the Nation in Troubled Times’ Symposium (March 2019), Loughborough
Selected Past Presentations
‘Relational Ruralities: Exploring geo-historicity through the lives of older people’ - Paper contribution as part of the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN) Annual Meeting (April, 2019), Aberdeen
‘Peer Review Presentations’ – I contributed two peer review presentations as part of the papers workshop elements of the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (TARRN) Annual Meeting (April, 2019), Aberdeen
'Introducing time, temporality and change in non-representational geographies and Beyond' - co-presentation with Amy C. Barron (The University of Manchester) presented as part of 'Temporality and Change: Non-representational Geographies and Beyond' session, sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (August 2018), Cardiff
'Geographies of Outer Space' - Co-submission with Oliver Dunnett (Queen’s University Belfast), presented at ‘Towards an Anthropology of Outer Space: Orientating Cosmological Futures’ Conference (September 2017), London.
'Introducing the expanded community of non-representational geographers and geographies' - Presentation delivered as part of the ‘Non-representational geographies: practices, pedagogies and writing’ session, sponsored by the Social & Cultural Geography Research Group and History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2017), London.
‘Exploring the rural in rural ageing: affective and embodied contours of older people's lives’ - Presentationas part of the 'Ageing rural communities: experiences and consequences of uneven demographic processes' session at the 27th ESRS Congress (July 2017), Kraków, Poland.
'More-than-representational knowledges of rural ageing' - Presentation delivered as part of the 'New Voices in Rural Geography' session at the AAG Annual Conference (April 2017), Boston, USA: Winner of the 2017 Rural Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition.
'Cold War Geographies of Outer Space: Iconography, Nationalism and Geopolitical Imaginaries of the Space Shuttle Mission Patches' - Presentation delivered as part of the 'Cold War Geographies' Symposium (January 2017), at The Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library, London.
'Temporality and Change: Non-Representational Geographies and Beyond' - Co-session convenor with Amy C. Barron (The University of Manchester). Sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (August 2018), Cardiff.
'New and Emerging Rural Researchers' - Co-Session Convenor with Fidel Budy (Aberystwyth), sponsored by the Rural Geography Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2018), Cardiff.
‘Ageing in the rural north' – Co-Session convenor with Mai Camilla Munkejord (Uni Research Rokkan Centre & Arctic University of Norway) & Mags Currie (The James Hutton Institute), at the 5th Nordic Ruralities Conference (May 2018), Vingsted, Denmark
'Non-representational geographies: practices, pedagogies and writing' - Session convenor, sponsored by the Social & Cultural Geography Research Group and History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2017), London.
'New and Emerging Rural Researchers' - Co-Session Convenor with Hannah Brooking (Leicester), sponsored by the Rural Geography Research Group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2017), London.
‘Ageing rural communities: experiences and consequences of uneven demographic processes’ - Co-Working Group Convenor with Lorna Philip and Mags Currie at the 27th ESRS Congress (July 2017), Kraków, Poland.
'Exploring the emotional geographies of ageing’ - Session convenor at the 6th International Emotional Geographies Conference (June 2017), Long Beach, California, USA.
'Geographies of Outer Space' - Co-Session Convenor & Session Chair with Oliver Dunnett (Queen's University Belfast), sponsored by the Social & Cultural Geography Research Group and the Historical Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2016), London.
'Everyday Ruralities: Nexus of Lives Lived' - Co-Session Convenor & Session Chair with Keith Halfacree (Swansea), sponsored by the Rural Geography Research Group, at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (September 2016), London.