Research Seminars

Human Geography Research Seminars Spring Term 2019

Thursdays 13:00-14:00, Sorby Room, Wager Building unless otherwise stated.

Seminars are open to all staff and students

17 Jan: Communicating Your Research: Five Simple Ideas

Caroline Knowles, Head of Research Communications and Engagement

31 Jan: HGRC Research Showcase

HGRC with Adrian Bell (Head of Prosperity & Resilience)
5 mins & 5 slides / HGRC researcher - overview of research

28 Feb: Dr Thomas Grisaffi, University of Reading

Coca Yes. Cocaine No: How Bolivia's Coca Growers Re-Shaped Democracy

21 Mar: Dr Brenda Mathijssen


28 Mar: Dr Filippo Menga, University of Reading

Researchers in the panopticon: geographies of fieldwork and authoritarianism

Previous Events

In May 2016, we hosted an interactive, multidisciplinary workshop on Communities & Participation: thinking and doing collaborative research and our inaugural Participation Lab Mixer which brought together academics, researchers, community members and practitioners interested in participatory action research, citizen science and collaboration.

For more details, please visit The Participation Lab.

Family troubles: Care and Change in Diverse Contexts

One-day Symposium,16 September 2015, University of Reading, UK

This inter-disciplinary symposium aimed to explore family relations, care and 'troubles' in diverse contexts. The symposium reflected on the powerful, often emotive discourses associated with 'family' in different cultural and policy settings and explored the (potentially troubling or troubled) changes, caring practices, and intergenerational relations that shape family lives over time and space in both the global North and South.

For the programme, including slides of plenaries and paper presentations, click here and see the project blog for updates.

Working Better with Whitley: exploring the everyday transport needs and experiences of local communities in South Reading.

Report Launch on Friday 11th September 2015, University of Reading, UK

We're pleased to announce the launch of a report that outlines the findings of a 12-month participatory action research project funded by the Whitley Big Local and the University of Reading. It focuses on the transport needs of local families in South Reading in order to highlight the central role that mobility plays in connecting people to the places they need, and equally importantly, they aspire or want to go to, and it makes recommendations for initiatives that could be funded through the Big Local.

Read the full story of the launch event and see the key findings here.

For further details or to request a copy of the report, please contact Sally Lloyd-Evans (

SAGES Research Students Conference 2015 PhDConf1

This year's Research Students Conference was held on Thursday 14 May and Friday 15 May. Third-year PhD students gave oral presentations of their work to academic staff and fellow students. Year Two Research students produced Posters for the conference and Year One students each produced a Powerpoint slide. All Posters and Slides were on display in the Sorby Room, Wager throughout the conference. A Poster Session was held on Day One. As in previous years, students enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their colleagues across the School and discuss the very different sorts of research they are engaged in. PhDConf3

The quality of talks, posters and slides this year was very high indeed, and was commented on by many academic staff. It was very hard to choose the best, but the SAGES Postgraduate Committee reached the following decisions, after much discussion.

Prize winners

Many congratulations to our 2015 prize winners :

  • Best Presentation (joint winners) : Anna Rohnbogner & Mike Simmonds (Archaeology)
  • Best Year Two Poster: Lionello Morandi (Archaeology)
  • Best Year One Slide: Catharine Psychenyckj (Geography & Environmental Science)


Symposium on Energy, Climate Change and the Environment in Nigeria: National and International Dimensions University of Benin, Nigeria, 23 - 26 September 2012

The present Nigerian government has recently established an Energy and Environment Centre at the University of Benin with the mandate to conduct research on several technical and policy questions on the subject of renewable energy, climate change and environmental degradation.

This symposium will bring together leading scholars on energy, climate and the environment, key policy makers, funding organizations, company executives and practitioners to take stock and discuss best approaches for advancing research and practice.

The Norma Wilkinson memorial lecture

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science hosts an annual lecture series funded by a bequest from Norma Wilkinson, a University of Reading alumna. This prestigious event has been addressed by many distinguished speakers since its inception in 1969. See details of the Norma Wilkinson lectures to date.

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