Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014

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As we enter 2015 we look back at the top 10 most viewed blog posts of 2015. These include posts by current and past undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff and give a good idea of some of the things that we do here in Geography at University of Liverpool. We look forward to more posts in 2015 and wish you all a happy new year.



10. In Tenth place, a post from February 2014 by PhD student Madeleine Gustavsson on her first publication: First publication – ‘Procedural and distributive justice in a community-based Marine Protected Area in Zanzibar, Tanzania’



9. In Ninth place, a post from June 2014 by James Wilford who graduated with a BA (Hons) Geography in July this year on the Singapore Field Class 2014



8. In Eighth place, a post from June 2014 by Dr. Paul Williamson on the winners of the Edinburgh Field Class 2014 Photo Competition



7. In Seventh place, a post from May 2014 by Samantha Brannan who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Geography in July this year on Geographers on Tour: Santa Cruz Field Class 2014



6. In sixth place, a post from January 2014 about Lisa Reilly who graduated in July this year about her success as National Student Award Winner



5. In Fifth place, a post from December 2014 by Dr Bethan Evans on a Disability, Arts and Wellbeing Workshop with DaDaFest



4. In Fourth place, a post from October 2014 by Sean Dunn who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Geography in July this year and is now studying for an MSc. His post is about the final year Santa Cruz field class on California Field Class and Travel


3. In Third place, a post from August 2014 by Alexandra Guy, currently a second year BA Geography student on A Year in the Life of an Undergraduate Geography Student



2. In Second Place, a post from August 2014 by PhD student Natalie Robinson on her research with homeless people in Chicago ‘This is My Story: A Photographic Exploration of Chicago’ – Notes from the field.


1. And in First place, our most viewed blog of 2014 is a post from February 2014 by Jonny Clark who graduated in July with a BSc (Hons) Geography on How a work-based dissertation re-affirmed my confidence in my subject, my own ability and my future

AHRC research grant success for the Department of Geography & Planning

Dr Neil Macdonald and colleagues have been awarded an AHRC grant worth £1.1m to undertake research into the cultural memory of extreme weather events in the UK.

 The research will use historical records and oral histories to investigate how people have been affected by and responded to climate variability and extreme weather events since the start of the eighteenth century. The work will consider how key events become ingrained into the cultural fabric of communities and how they influence historical and cultural change across the UK. A series of case studies from around the UK will be considered, including: North, West and Southwest Wales, The East Anglia coast and Northwest Scotland, the Central England region, and Southwest England.

The project which is supported through the AHRC’s Care for the Future emerging research theme, and is led by Professor Georgina Endfield, (University of Nottingham), with co- applicants Dr Neil Macdonald (University of Liverpool), Dr Sarah Davies and Dr Cerys Jones, (University of Aberystwyth) and Dr Simon Naylor (University of Glasgow).

The work will be completed in conjunction with partner organisations the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG), the Met Office’s ACRE initiative (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth) and English Heritage.

Dr Macdonald “We are delighted by this award; the research will allow the team to examine the degree to which environmental and cultural context influences societal behaviour in responding to extreme events, and the capacity to adapt to extreme weather. This will provide valuable information on how risk, vulnerability, mitigation and technology have changed through time, from the start of the eighteenth century to present in shaping approaches to increasing resilience to extreme events.”

SOES Photography competition 2013 award winner Timothy Shaw

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I (Timothy Shaw) was very pleased to receive the award for ‘best environment’ and ‘best overall’ photograph in the recent photography competition within the School of Environmental Sciences open to staff and students. The winning photo, Fairy Glen Waterfalls, proved you don’t have to travel the world to find impressive features and was in fact taken in nearby Sefton Park, Aigburth, a popular suburb of Liverpool attracting students and postgraduates alike as residents during their degrees . Congratulations to the other award winners, nominees and everyone who participated for submitting such a variety of interesting, well taken photos.