BA Oxford, MA, PhD British Columbia
I am a graduate of Oxford University (First Class Honours) and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. I came to Manchester University in 2000, when appointed as a Reader in Human Geography. Prior to that I spent 5 years as a Lecturer in Human Geography at Liverpool University, my first academic position. I was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2004. I spent almost 3 years at the University of Wollongong, in Australia, returning to Manchester in late 2017. Though ostensibly a human geographer, I am committed to the idea that geographic research and teaching should utilise the insights and tools of social science, the humanities and the physical sciences.
At the University of Manchester (2000-14)
- Director of Postgraduate Studies (School of Geography), 2000-04.
- Member of Faculty of Arts Graduate Committee, 2000-04.
- Director of Postgraduate Research (School of Environment and Development), 2004-7.
- Member of Faculty of Humanities PGRC, 2004-07.
- Acting Head of Geography (2010); member of Senate and University Academic Misconduct Committee, 2010-12.
- School Research Director (2010-12).
At the University of Liverpool, Department of Geography (1995-2000)
- Director of the MA in Globalization and Development.
- Head of Year 2 Undergraduates.
At the University of Wollongong, Australia (2015-17)
- Vice Dean (Research), Faculty of Social Science
- Director, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER)
At the University of Manchester (2017-20)
- Director of Research, School of Environment, Education & Development (SEED)
Wider professional service (1998-)
- Member of editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning A, 1998-2012.
- Treasurer of the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group, 1998-06.
- Member of editorial board of Antipode, 1999-03.
- Member of Research Committee of RGS-IBG, 1999-01.
- Member of RGS-IBG Research Grants Committee, 1999-02.
- External examiner for MA in Environmental Management, Nottingham University, 2000-03.
- Editor, Antipode Book Series, Blackwell Publishers: London and New York, 2001-09.
- Member of Geoforum editorial board, 1999-2012.
- Editor of Antipode (2004-09) and Progress in Human Geography, 2003-.
- External examiner for the MSc in Environment and Society, Oxford University, 2003-06.
- External examiner of MA in Human Geography, Sheffield University; MSc in Environment, Science and Society, UCL, 2005-08.
- Chair of the Annual RGS-IBG conference, 2008.
- Member of Professional Geographer editorial board, 2007-11; member of the AAAG ed. board 2007-12.
- External Assessor of the social science environment degree programmes at the Open University, 2008-11.
- Editorial board member of Environment & Society, 2009- and the TIBG, 2013-16.
- External examiner for BA in Human Geography, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2011-14; and for the MA in Globalisation & Development, Liverpool University 2010-14.
- Member of the Research Evaluation Framework (REF) sub-panel 17, 2011-13.
- Author of report on 'Society-environment research, 2000-10' for the ESRC-AHRC Benchmark Review of British human geography, 2012.
- Human geography external reviewer of Bristol University School of Geographical Sciences, 2012.
- External examiner for BA Geography programme, Loughborough University, 2017-19.
- Member, Publications Committee, Association of American Geographers, 2017-19.
- Coeditor, Key Ideas in Geography book series, Routledge (2016-22).
- Member, editorial advisory board, AAAG, 2020-23, an associate editor AAG Review of Books (2020-23)
- External examiner, BA Geography programme, Loughborough University (2017-21)
- External assessor for School of Environment 10 year review, University of Auckland, 2021.
Awards and Distinctions
1993: Governor General of Canada's Gold Medal (for highest MA marks, any discipline), University of British Columbia.
1993-5: Isaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia.
2001: Ashby Prize (for best published paper of 2000 in Environment and Planning A).
2005: Gill Memorial Award (awarded by the Royal Geographical Society for 'contributions to furthering the understanding of society-environment relationships').
2008: Chair (by nomination) of the annual conference of the RGS-IBG.
2012-: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
2020: Taylor & Francis Lifetime Achievement Award for "producing a high quality and influential body of scholarship across two decades"
2021: 'Who should speak for the Earth?', Andrew Jacobowitz Annual Lecture, University of Technology Sydney.
2019: 'The future of global environmental assessment'. Keynote given as annual Institute of Political Economy lecture, Sheffield University and as a research seminar at the University of Wollongong.
2018: ‘Transforming expertise: global change science and the politics of knowledge’. Keynote lecture at the annual conference of German Geography, Heidelberg, January.
2017: ‘Transforming expertise: global change science and the politics of knowledge’. Keynote lecture at the ‘Ecological challenges’ conference, Oslo February.
2016: ‘Global change research and its ‘human dimensions’: from critique to action’. Lund University, Faculty of Social Science Lecture.
2015: ‘The environmental humanities and global change research: actualities and possibilities’. Stockholm Archipelago Lecture KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm.
2015: ‘Geography and the new social contract for global change research’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers lecture, given at the RGS– IBG conference, Exeter.
2015: Presenter in the ‘Geography and global change science:new directions for the social sciences and humanities’ sessionand invited panellist in the ‘Critical physical geography’ session, AAG conference, Chicago.
2014: ‘Unfree radicals? Geoscientists, critique and the politics of knowledge’. Presentation given at the ‘Constructing and confront environmental crisis’ conference, Dept. of Geography, University of Melbourne.
2014: ‘Geographers and the Anthropocene: new narratives for new practices’.*Seminar given to the School of Environment and New Zealand Geographical Society as part of a 4 day visit to the University of Auckland as a Visiting Professor of Geography.
2013: 'Four thoughts on foresight'. Presentation in opening plenary session of the RSG-IBG annual conference, London.
2013: 'Representing the Anthropocene: who will speak for everything, and how?'. Jonathan Murdoch Memorial Lecture, Cardiff University.