• Editorial Board

    The Editorial Board comprises two staff members from each of the partner institutions:

    Oxford Brookes University

    Dr Helen Walkington
    Principal lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University.

    Helen studied for a BSc in Geography at the University of Durham, then a PGCE at the University of Cambridge. As a VSO volunteer for 2 years Helen taught Geography at O and A level in a rural secondary school in Zimbabwe. After a MSc in Pedology, Soil Survey and Land Evaluation at the University of Reading Helen became a lecturer in Geography Education and got her PhD in 1999 (University of Reading). She then moved to Oxford University to take up a post as Research Fellow in soils in a small interdisciplinary Geoarchaeology unit. Missing student contact Helen then took on a part time post as lecturer in geography at Oxford Brookes University where she now works full time. She has maintained her interests in soils at archaeological sites through her own research, and in education through her role as Principal Lecturer for Learning and Teaching in her school.

    Research interests are concerned with understanding the soil processes that have operated at archaeological sites. This important work aids understanding into how climate change has impacted upon these sites, and how it may have influenced human society. Work is currently on a collaborative project to provide a framework of environmental change for the archaeological record in Arabia ( United Arab Emirates) from palaeo-lacustrine deposits.

    Professor David Pepper 
    Emeritus Professor of Geography at Oxford Brookes, and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.

    His undergraduate career began in 1963 at Liverpool (just in time to catch the start of the Beatles and Mersey sound), where he did a Geography degree. He then moved on to do two more years as an undergraduate - at St John’s College, Oxford. This time he studied Agriculture (by then the Swinging Sixties were in full swing). Still intent on avoiding a proper job, he went on to a PhD in Physical Geography at Kings College London, investigating the origin of superficial deposits on the Chalk in southern England and northern France.

    Homesick for the Dreaming Spires, he moved in 1969 to the newly-created Oxford Polytechnic, which eventually became Oxford Brookes. During the long period since then he has taught and researched in a variety of fields, including physical geography (soils and climate), economic geography, environmental politics and philosophy, development and environment in the EU, nuclear war and military strategy and geographical education. He has published books on alternative communities, environmentalism and eco-socialism. He has edited books on nuclear power and the geography of peace and war. Recent journal papers have been on the ecology movement and utopian thought.

    University of Gloucestershire

    Professor Lindsey McEwen
    Principal Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire, teaching mostly at postgraduate level. Research interests include fluvial landscape sensitivity to impacts of climate and land use changes, historic flood analysis, river assessment and catchments management, and cold environment rivers. Lindsey is head of the Pedagogic Research & Scholarship Institute (PRSI).

    Dr Kenny Lynch
    Senior Lecturer in Geography in the Department of Natural & Social Sciences and the Deputy Head of the Pedagogical Research and Scholarship Institute at the University of Gloucestershire.

    Areas of interest in geography include development and poverty in the third world, and research into food-related issues in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Nigeria, as well as experience of a number of other African countries. An annual field course to Uganda from Gloucestershire is organised.

    Recent research has focused on urban and peri-urban agriculture and the relationship between the cities and the countryside in Africa. Current projects include working with academics in the universities of Sierra Leone, Manchester and Otago in New Zealand, by looking at the role of urban and peri-urban agriculture in post-conflict social and economic recovery in Sierra Leone. Kenny is actively involved in research into learning and teaching, with the use of podcasting to support learning, for projects such as ‘The Role and significance of undergraduate Research and Inquiry in the UK and North America’, and ‘Strategies for the Promotion of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’.

    University of Reading

    Dr Steve Gurney
    Lecturer at the University of Reading, teaching mainly at undergraduate level in theoretical and applied geomorphology. Offers a specialist Year 3 module in 'Glacial and periglacial geomorphology'. Also runs a Year 2 field class in the English Lake District and Year 3 field classes in Norway and Finland. 

    Research interests include periglacial and permafrost geomorphology and sedimentology (in particular pingos and palsas), near glacial and proglacial sediments and processes, snow as an agent of geomorphology and hydrology, reconstructing Quaternary mid-latitude permafrost and periglacial environments and the history of mountain glaciers since the Little Ice Age. Steve is currently the 'caretaker' of the Okstindan Research Station in northern Norway. This facility has provided a base for both teaching and research for over 35 years and continues to do so.

    Dr Steve Musson
    Lecturer in Political and Economic Geography Responsibilities, and course director for the MSc in Urban Sustainability.

    Areas of interest are Devolution and constitutional change in the United Kingdom, Urban and regional governance, and the geography of public finance.

    Current projects involve work on networks of regional governance and the geography of public sector spending. Steve is a member of the Human Geography Research Group - Social and Cultural Geography.

    Queen Mary, University of London

    Dr Simon Carr
    Lecturer in Physical Geography, in particular glaciers and environmental change.

    Research interests examine the interactions between climate, glaciers and landscape on short to long timescales. This work is directed towards reconciling the climatic and glaciological modelling of ice-mass behaviour with the geomorphologic and sedimentary evidence of recent and quaternary glaciations. A collaborative research programme to examine the changes in sediment strain at an ice-stream shear margin in Arctic Canada is currently being developed. Simon is an active member of the Centre for Micromorphology. Further interest is in the relevance of Geography, seeing the subject as the key link between ‘hard’ science and the wider world. In particular, working on the ways in which the Internet and global mass-media are used to communicate the science and implications of climate change.

    Dr Alastair Owens
    Senior lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

    A social and historical geographer with research interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. A key focus of recent work has been on investigating the relationships between gender, class and wealth in order to explore how individuals used markets and legal structures to ensure their own material well-being and that of others. This is part of a wider project which aims to fundamentally revise our historical and geographical understanding of the provision of welfare in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. A recent, collaborative ESRC-funded project has extended this work through a study of gender and investment in England and Wales, 1870-1930. Further research interests concern material culture and everyday life in Victorian cities. Working with professional archaeologists, he is currently working on an AHRC-funded project pioneering new approaches to studying the material histories or urban place in mid-Victorian London. As well as pursuing interdisciplinary research

    to inform Alastair’s teaching interests, he is convenor of Queen Mary’s MA London Studies programme and contributes to specialist undergraduate courses on contemporary Britain, Victorian London and research methods. He won the College’s Drapers’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.

    Successful collaborations with a number of organisations outside of academia, include work with the Geffrye Museum and the Museum of London, a Review Editor of The London Journal, and Adjunct Professor for the University of California London Semester Programme - teaching a course on nineteenth and twentieth-century London.