Publications

  1. & Bodies and souls: psycho-geographical collisions in the South Wales coalfield, 1926–1939. Journal of Historical Geography 27(3), 377-394.
  2. «Science and the stuff of life»: modernist health centres in 1930s London. Journal of Historical Geography 27(3), 395-416.
  3. & Unruly topographies: unemployment, citizenship and land settlement in inter-war Wales. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29(1), 46-63.
  4. The Battle of Butlin's: Vulgarity and Virtue on the North Wales Coast, 1939–49. Rural History 21(01), 75
  5. & On the Prowl with the Possum Posse: Nature and Nation in Aotearoa / New Zealand. In Bob Carter, Nickie Charles (Ed.), (pp. 217Palgrave Macmillan.

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Teaching

  • GEC265 Ymdrin â Daearyddiaeth Ddynol

    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw cyflwyno myfyrwyr i hanes ac athroniaeth daearyddiaeth ddynol, a'r wahanol ffyrdd o ymdrin â'r ddisgyblaeth. Yn ogystal â chyfleu syniad o'r prif ymatebion hyn a'u hesblygiad, roddwyd pwyslais hefyd ar eu pwysigrwydd yn nhermau ymarferion ymchwil. Bydd myfyrwyr yn archwilio datblygiad y wahanol ffyrdd o ymdrin â daearyddiaeth ddynol a beth yw goblygiadau hyn i ymchwil trwy astudio ffigurau allweddol yn hanes y disgyblaeth. Mae'r cysylltiad rhwng yr ymatebion ymchwil damcaniaethol ac ymarferol a fydd hefyd yn cael ei amlygu drwy greu: portffolio gr¿p; adolygiad llenyddiaeth unigol. This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophy of human geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implication in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis. The way in which alternative approaches to human geography have developed and what this entails for research is approached partly through student-centred investigation of key figures in the history of the discipline. The link between conceptual approaches and research practice are also highlighted in the creation of a group portfolio and an individual literature review.

  • GEC333 Ffiniau Ymchwil Daearyddol

    This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)

  • GEG104 People Place and Nation

    The module examines the complex relationships between people and the societies they create, and the different geographical locations and scales through which these relationships are experienced. Part 1 explores connections between the world-system and everyday life. Topics such as consumption and the media demonstrate how the global system is literally `brought home¿. Part 2 considers the social and cultural geographies of cities and the ways in which social and cultural processes of identity formation and exclusion operate in different cities. Part 3 examines national identity and the continued significance of the nation to the contemporary world, outlining how the nation and national identity have been understood theoretically and providing case-studies of how nations have been imagined as geographical entities.

  • GEG224 Landscapes of Modernity

    This largely historical module in cultural geography examines the way in which the landscape idea reacted to the emergence of modernity ¿ the social and economic transformations associated with industrialization and urbanization ¿ in the West from around 1750 and it carries this through to an analysis of images of future worlds in science fiction. The module aims to show that landscapes - in the form of town plans, buildings, gardens etc. - and representations of landscapes - like paintings, literature, films etc. - are not simple or neutral but reveal through their complexity much about the motivations, ideologies and beliefs of the individuals who produced them or the societies in which they were produced.

  • GEG252 Geographical Fieldwork skills

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions within a specific field location and applying the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographical landscapes and inherent features of a designated fieldweek location. The module comprises a week's fieldwork at a designated, normally foreign, location and preparatory and post-fieldweek lectures and other classes.

  • GEG252N Geographical Fieldwork skills: New York

    The module is concerned with identifying and defining geographical questions in New York City and applying the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and techniques to these questions. The general aims are to observe, analyse and achieve an understanding of the varied geographies and landscapes of the city. The emphasis is on the cultural, political and urban geographies of New York, focussing on landscapes of power, gentrification and resistance, and multiculturalism and diaspora. The module comprises preparatory lectures and small-group preparation work in Swansea, and a week's fieldwork in New York. Assessment is entirely through coursework.

  • GEG268 Dissertation Preparation

    The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.

  • GEG331 Dissertation Report: Geography

    The dissertation is an original, substantive and independent research project in an aspect of Geography. It is typically based on approximately 20 - 25 days of primary research and several weeks of analysis and write-up. The end result must be less than 10,000 words of text. The dissertation offers you the chance to follow your personal interests and to demonstrate your capabilities as a Geographer. During the course of your dissertation you will be supported by a student-led discussion group and a staff supervisor, and you will also provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This support and supervision is delivered through the 'Dissertation Support' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEG332 Dissertation Support: Geography

    This module provides structured, student-led peer-group support and academic staff group supervision for students undertaking the 30-credit 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module. This support and supervision is assessed through the submission of a PowerPoint Poster in TB1 and the submission in TB2 of an individually composed, critical and reflective log of the 5 dissertation peer-group meetings and the 4 group supervisory meetings (with a verified record of attendance at meetings). Working within a supervised Student Peer Group, you will also have the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to fellow students undertaking related research projects, learning from their research problems and subsequent solutions. This module complements the 'Dissertation Report: Geography' module, which is a co-requisite.

  • GEG333 Geographical Research Frontiers

    This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence as a Geographer by undertaking a critical analysis of a wide variety of literature-based sources in order to develop a cogent, substantial, and persuasive argument. While the Dissertation in Geography normally focuses on the design and execution of an evidenced-based research project that assesses the capacity of students to undertake effective data analysis and interpretation, the purpose of this module is to assess the extent to which students are capable of engaging with the academic literature at the frontier of a particular part of Geography. Students select from a wide range of research frontiers in Human and Physical Geography that have been identified by the academic staff within the Department. Given that this module emphasizes student-centred learning, none of the frontiers will have been covered in other modules, although in many cases modules will have taken students up to some of these frontiers. However, to orientate students and provide them with suitable points of departure and way-stations, there will be a brief introduction to each frontier and a short list of pivotal references disseminated via Blackboard. (Note: The topic selected by you must not overlap with the subject of your Dissertation. If there is any doubt about potential overlap, this must be discussed with your Dissertation Support Group supervisor and agreed in writing.)

  • GEG342 Geographies of National Identity

    This module examines the way in which landscape has been viewed as a resource by those seeking to promote (or to criticise) ideas of nationhood, patriotism and nation-building. It examines the intersection of political and sociological ideas of the nation with the fundamentally geographical concerns of landscape, nature, sense of place, and territory as well as with issues of class, race, language and gender, for example. The module takes an historical and cultural approach to these issues, concentrating on the Western world and extending from around 1800 to the present day. It examines natural and built landscapes as well as representations in the arts. In addition to historical and geographical texts, therefore, this module draws on a wide range of sources including painting, architecture, literature and film, although it assumes no previous familiarity with such sources.

Supervision

  • Exploring the concepts and practicalitites of "use" and "respect" in relation to animals: case studies in primary education (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Keith Halfacree
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David / Dave Clarke