Professor of Environmental Geography, University of Sheffield

I am a Professor in Environmental Geography at the University of Sheffield. My research focuses on how we understand, value and (ab)use the environment. I am particularly interested in inspiring grassroots solutions to environmental problems and in hopeful and positive ways in which we can change social practices.

I am currently working on projects about eco-housing, indigenous politics in Australia, the possibilities of a green economy and different forms of environmentalism.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Environmental Geography, University of Sheffield
  • 2012–2014
    Reader in Environmental Geography, University of Leicester
  • 2009–2012
    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Leicester
  • 2003–2009
    Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Leicester
  • 2001–2003
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Curtin University of Technology

Education

  • 2001 
    University of Newcastle, PhD Geography
  • 1996 
    University of Edinburgh, MSc Geographical Informational Science
  • 1995 
    University of Newcastle, BA (Hons) Geography

Publications

  • 2016
    Eco-homes: People, place and politics, Zed Books
  • 2016
    Making space for disability in eco-housing and eco-communities, The Geographical Journal
  • 2015
    Cold comfort? Reconceiving the practices of bathing in British self-build eco-homes, Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • 2015
    Bodies, building and bricks: Women architects and builders in eight eco-communities in Argentina, Britain, Spain, Thailand and USA, Gender, Place and Culture
  • 2012
    Radicalising relationships to and through shared geographies: Why anarchists need to understand Indigenous connections to land and place, Antipode
  • 2008
    Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information Age, Palsgrave Macmillan
  • 2003
    Cyberprotest: Environmental activism online, Manchester University Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Everyday Environmentalism
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Flinders University
  • 2011
    Sustainability transitions: rethinking everyday practices, identities and livelihoods
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2010
    Greening the Economy: Environmental groups’ alternative economic solutions in Australia
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    British Academy
  • 2010
    Affordable eco-homes: low-income environmental solutions
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • 2006
    Internet Activism: Anti-war movements in the Information Age
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2005
    Autonomous Geographies: Activism and everyday life in the city
    Role:
    CI
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2005
    Finding common ground: Environmental justice and the interrelationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in Australia
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    British Academy
  • 2001
    Environmentalists’ internet activism in Australia
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    The Leverhulme Trust

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Geographical Society