Dr Jenny Pickerill
Reader in Environmental Geography
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My research focuses on how we understand, value and (ab)use the environment. I am particularly interested in inspiring grassroots solutions to environmental problems and in hopeful and positive ways in which we can change social practices. This work includes a concern for justice; recognising that the broader context of environmental problems is often inequality, colonialism, racism and neo-liberalism. As a geographer I am interested in how these different issues connect, relate and entangle at different scales and in diverse places.
I have conducted research in Britain, Australia, USA, Spain, Thailand and Argentina. I am experienced in a range of empirical research methods – in-depth interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, photography and ethnography – used in a range of fieldwork situations from businesses in London to forest blockades in Australia. I seek to work with others through participatory methodologies in research design, practice, and production of knowledge. For example I have completed an open-access collaborative book on Low Impact Development with environmental activists in Britain.
I have previously focused upon the role of internet technologies in social justice and environmental campaigns, in particular their use in radical environmental activism and anti-war movements in Britain, and for Indymedia in Australia.
My different research projects are outlined on the Research Projects page.
I currently write regularly on my Green Building Blog.
I have a new report out on the findings from the Affordable eco-homes project (.pdf) (April 2011).
- I am co-editor of Antipode (2013-present)
- I was co-editor of Social Movement Studies (Taylor and Francis) (2009 â€“ 2013). I remain a consulting editor.
- I am an international expert assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC, Australia)
- External examiner for Geography undergraduate programmes at Bangor University (2012-2016).
- External examiner for MSc Human Security and Environmental Change at Nottingham Trent University (2013-2016).
- Trevor Ballance - The attitudes, behaviour and degree of engagement of Japanese university students with sustainable living and adaptations to climate change (with Dr Peter Kraftl). [Part-time: due to complete September 2015]
- Victoria Brown - What is the impact of coastal change as a result of climate change on the sustainability and adaptation of coastal communities in the UK? (with Dr Martin Phillips). [Due to complete September 2014]
- Cathie Traynor - People, Palaces and Wheels - Is this Multicultural Utopia? A study of ''Bakfietsing'' (cargo-biking) in a neighbourhood of The Hague (with Dr Peter Kraftl) [Part-time: due to complete January 2014]
- Usman Isyaku - Mapping and assessing social values of cultural ecosystem services for REDD+ decision making: A Nigerian Case Study (with Dr Caroline Upton) (Due to complete January 2016)
- Fariba Sotoudehnia - A Spatial and Social Analysis of Green Space Access: A Mixed-Methods approach for analysing variations in access perceptions (with Dr A Comber) [Completed 2013]
- Adam Barker - (Re-)Ordering the New World: Settler colonialism, space and identity' (with Dr Gavin Brown) [Completed 2013]
- Laura Graham - Restoration from Within - Developing Restoration Action Plans Through Ecological and Community Knowledge in Kalimantan, Indonesia (with Professor Sue Page). [Completed 2012]
- Sophie Hadfield-Hill - The future of responsible lending in India; Perceptions of sustainability and the environment (with Professor Michael Bradshaw). [Completed 2009]
Research Areas for PhD Supervision
Environmental geographies; grassroot environmental solutions; Indigenous geographies; eco-building; geographies of sustainability transitions; environmental justice; collective action; participatory methodologies.
Enquiries: If you are interested in studying for a PhD in one of these research areas, please make informal enquiries via geogPhD@le.ac.uk
Most Recent Publications
Pickerill, J. 2014. The timeliness of impact: Impacting who, when, and for whose gain? ACME
Mason, K, Brown, G and Pickerill, J. 2013. Epistemologies of participation, or what do critical human geographers know thatâ€™s of any use? Antipode, 45, 2, 252-255
Pickerill, J. 2012. Permaculture in practice: Low Impact Development in Britain. J. Lockyer and J. Veteto (eds.) Localizing Environmental Anthropology: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillage Design for a Sustainable Future. Berghahn Books.
Pickerill, J. 2012. The buildings of Ecovillages: Exploring the processes and practices of eco-housing. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, 8, 99-110
Pickerill, J and Krinsky, J. 2012. Why does Occupy matter? Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11, 3-4, 279-287
Springer, S, Ince, A, Brown, G, Pickerill, J and Barker, A, J. 2012. Reanimating Anarchist Geographies: A New Burst of Colour. Antipode, 44, 5, 1591-1604
Barker, A, J and Pickerill, J. 2012. Radicalising relationships to and through shared geographies: Why anarchists need to understand Indigenous connections to land and place. Antipode, 44, 5, 1705-1725
Gillan, K and Pickerill, J. 2012. The difficult and hopeful ethics of research on and with social movements. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11:2, 133-143
Brown, G, Kraftl, P, Pickerill, J and Upton, C. 2012. Holding the Future Together: towards a theorisation of the spaces and times of transition. Environment and Planning A 44 (7), pages 1607-1623