Research Seminars

ESRD Seminars

Thursdays 13:00-14:00, Sorby Room, Wager Building - open to all staff and students


16th Feb 2017

Dr Franziska Schrodt,

Nottingham University

Title: TBA


23rd Feb 2017



9th Mar 2017

David Ford,

Met Office

Title: Marine biogeochemical reanalysis with ocean colour data



15th Mar 2017

Dr Gerald Jandl

, University of Rostock

Title: Liquid Injection Field Desorption/Ionization-Mass

Spectrometry (LIFDI-MS) and its capabilities in environmental


(It's on Wednesday, and the venue will change, TBA)


23rd Mar 2017

Dr Sumit Sinha

, University of Reading

Title: Tracking the water from rainfall to runoff and its implications

for water quality: insights from data and modelling


For further information, please contact:, 0118 378 8944

Refreshments from 12.45 - open to all staff and students

Human Geography Research Seminars

All seminars will be from 1-2pm in the Sorby Room, Wager Building.

Thurs 26th Jan, 1-2 pm.

Exploring the extremities of citizen science - theory, process & technology.

Prof Muki Haklay, UCL. Co-organised with the Participation Lab.

Abstract: At the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, we describe our practice as: Extreme Citizen Science is a situated, bottom-up practice that takes into account local needs, practices and culture and works with broad networks of people to design and build new devices and knowledge creation processes that can transform the world. It's a practice that is based on theoretical foundation from philosophy of science and technology, and participation theory. It integrates technologies within social and engagement processes. In the talk we will look at the history, practices, technologies, and wider context of our work within the emerging landscape of citizen scienceAll seminars will be from 1-2pm in the Sorby Room, Wager Building.


Thurs 2nd Feb, 1-2pm.

Good citizen, good neighbour? Geographies of social cohesion and the 'Big Society' in the UK's National Citizen Service.

Dr Sarah Mills, Loughborough University.

Abstract: This paper explores and expands debates on the geographies of social cohesion, mixing and encounter, specifically in relation to young people and informal citizenship training. It uses the example of 'National Citizen Service' - a youth programme operating in England and Northern Ireland - to raise critical questions about the wider politics of spaces of informal education and attempts by the state to 'make' citizens. The paper examines how ideas about community cohesion and social inclusion were part of the rationale for this growing scheme, targeted at 15-17 year olds and designed to foster a "more cohesive, responsible and engaged society". Drawing on original ESRC-funded fieldwork with key architects, stakeholders and young people involved in the programme, the paper analyses the narratives of security that underlie NCS and its expansion, as well as exploring the idea of 'social mix' as one of NCS' guiding principles. The discussion pushes deeper at the types of encounters encouraged - to bond with others, to mix with others, and to not judge others. Overall, the paper examines the relationship between ideas of 'good citizenship' and being a 'good neighbour', in the shifting and contested policy landscape of the 'Big Society'.


Thurs 2nd March 2017.

'Harbingers of the Coming Adversity: How Scientists and Activists Manage Climate Anxiety'.

Prof Paul Hoggett. Abstract will be circulated in advance.


Thurs 16th March 2017

The Global Agroecology Movement: A Focus on Europe'.

Dr Colin Anderson , Coventry University. Abstract will be circulated in advance. '


** Room open from 12.30pm, welcome to bring and eat your lunch **

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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