Dr Ruth Shaw

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Laboratory Demonstrator in Physical Geography

School of Law and Social Sciences

Ruth Shaw


I manage the geography laboratories (research and teaching) in terms of day-to-day set up, equipment loans and supplies, budget, COSHH and health and safety. I co-teach geography modules with lab and fieldwork components, supervise student labwork and assess work together with colleagues.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

GEOG4002, GEOG4007, GEOG4008, GEOG5003, GEOG5009, Others as required

I also support students with statistical methods.


My own research has always involved a spatial or place related dimension such as land-use, cultural or geographical variations. It has included both human and physical geography topics, such as work on coral reef ecosystems and biodiversity surveys, housing and planning policy, ocean core sediments, natural attenuation for environmental pollution remediation, environmental impact assessment, climate policy and freshwater carbon biogeochemical cycling (nature based solutions).

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Phytolith Analysis Univ. Michigan(01/08/2023 - 31/07/2024), funded by: University of Michigan, funding amount received by Brookes: £1,563, funded by: University of Michigan

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies



I also create content and/or teach for SOAS and the University of Cambridge for master's students, and conduct statistical analyses of data on a self-employed consultancy basis.

Further details

I work 2.5 days per week at Brookes and am happy to discuss research or labwork with anyone interested in using the facilities we have in Geography.