Archived News 2014

90th Anniversary Annual Lecture

We are holding our 90th anniversary annual lecture at Leicester Geography on Wednesday 12th March 2014.
90th Anniversary Annual Lecture

Professor Katherine Gibson

We are honoured to have Professor Katherine Gibson (University of Western Sydney, Australia) talking on ‘The Politics of Performing Diverse Economies’.

It is being held in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, main campus, at 6.00pm Wednesday 12 March. All are welcome.

We are also streaming it live at 18:00 GMT. To access the lecture please connect to:

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Postgraduate Open Event

Interested in postgraduate study? Please come along to the Postgraduate Open Event on 19th March for an opportunity to discuss the range of exciting options in Geography.

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Mar 19, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM


Percy Gee Building

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We have well established programmes with good career opportunities in:

  • MSc GIS
  • MSc Environmental Informatics
  • MSc Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
  • MSc Global Environmental Change

We also have a wide range of opportunities for MRes and PhD study and are currently recruiting for 2014-2015 intake across all programmes.

During the Open Event on 19th March we will have two short presentations about our Geography postgraduate programmes, with lots of opportunities for questions and informal discussion. The presentations will be at 3.30pm - 4.00pm (KE324) and 6.30pm - 7.00pm (ATT 211). At other times, come along to our stand in the Percy Gee building to chat with staff about our postgraduate programmes.

Whether you definitely plan to undertake postgraduate study, or are just exploring a range of post degree study and career options at this stage, we look forward to seeing you there.

Any queries? Please contact Caroline Upton.

A full programme for the event is available here.

Professor Loretta Lees on Art-led regeneration

Professor Loretta Lees talks to Resonance FM about Art-led regeneration.

Listen to the full radio show here

Annual lecture concludes Geography’s 90th birthday celebrations

The University of Leicester’s Department of Geography concluded a momentous year of 90th anniversary celebrations with its annual lecture.
Annual lecture concludes Geography’s 90th birthday celebrations

Professor Katherine Gibson and Geography Academics

The talk, ‘The Politics of Performing Diverse Economies’ was delivered by Professor Katherine Gibson, Professorial Fellow in the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, on 12th March 2014.

The talk explored Katherine Gibson’s concept of “Diverse Economies” and how they are performed by different people in different places. “Diverse Economies” allow geographers to study and encourage a diverse range of economic experiments worldwide, exploring marginalised, hidden and alternative economic activities. The “Diverse Economies” research programme was conceived, in short, to make other worlds possible.

Dr Jenny Pickerill, of the Department of Geography, said: “The Geography Department at Leicester are honoured to be hosting such an internationally recognised and inspiring academic as Professor Gibson. Having her here to give our Annual Lecture and complete our 90th Anniversary Celebrations is a sign of the continuing success of the department.”

Professor Gibson is co-founder of the Community Economies Collective, an international network of researchers interested in building ethical economies for the future. She has directed action research projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines.

She is also an internationally popular author, having seen her books with the late Julie Graham, such as The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy and A Postcapitalist Politics, translated into Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Korean.

Dr Pickerill added: “This is a great way to finish looking back at our department’s history. We’ve come a long way from having two rooms and a map to our name in the nineteen twenties—we are now one of the top departments in the country, conducting research projects across the globe.”

Annual Lecture 2014The Annual lecture was followed by a day long workshop on ‘Diverse Alternatives: living, working and playing differently in the capitalist mainstream’. With international attendance and a great variety of talks, this workshop explored and compared ‘alternative’ ways of doing life that exist in the capitalist/global/neoliberal mainstream. In particular, rather than (perhaps) spectacular, explicit alternatives that are somehow counter-cultural or escapist, the workshop intends to map ordinary, mundane, provincial and everyday practices that may nevertheless constitute alternatives. The event is inspired by JK Gibson-Graham’s approach to mapping diverse economies – and is linked to Katherine Gibson’s public lecture at Leicester the previous day – although seeks engagement with a range of alternatives that fall within and beyond the remit of the ‘economic’. The workshop is also tethered to Leicester Geography’s “Communities and the Everyday” research theme.

Postgraduate Study Drop-in Session

If you are considering whether to continue your Geography studies to postgraduate level please feel free to visit our drop in session on 24th June.

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Jun 24, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM


F34, Bennett Building

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The Department of Geography at the University of Leicester has recently celebrated ninety years of teaching and research. Postgraduate taught (one year MSc) and research (one year MRes or three year PhD) programmes are important components of our work and our students are highly valued members of the department. We attract many international students to both our taught and research programmes.

The Department houses extensive world-class resources and facilities to support your research, which includes an array of physical and chemical laboratories, as well as computer, GIS and virtual-reality laboratories. As a graduate of University of Leicester, you may be entitled to a 10% fee discount on our Masters programmes.

If you are considering whether to continue your studies to postgraduate level please feel free to visit our drop in session. Staff will be available to talk through the options and various courses we offer.

New Physical Geography MRes Topics Listed

A sample of the MRes topics available within Physical Geography are now available for 2014/15.

What is an MRes?

An MRes is a “Masters by Research” degree in which students undertake a one year research project (with a small number of taught courses) supervised by academic members of staff. It is essentially a “mini PhD” in that the projects are all directly related to ongoing departmental research. It is anticipated that the data generated will be published in international peer reviewed journals and the MRes dissertation is expected to be of a commensurately high standard.

An MRes particularly suits students thinking of going on to study for a PhD in the future (a nice one year “taster” experience) or students who would like a MSc degree, but are looking for something that offers more scope to specialise in a topic that interests them (more independence, less lectures and exams, but still a range a transferable skills). The standard of work expected is high and ideally we would be looking for students who are on track for a good 2.1 degree or higher.

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Leicester Geography in the News: Gastro-pubs and ‘Hipsterification’

Leicester Human Geography Professor, Loretta Lees, is featured on BBC World News and CNN, examining the links between emergent consumer culture, ‘creative economy’ and gentrification in London.

She notes well-worn patterns whereby ‘creative class’ moves to an area typically characterized as deprived for its cheap rent; attracted to cool vibe, more people move-in, and higher-earners follow bringing increased tax-base and demanding higher services. This process drives up costs of rent, local good and services, and house prices –forcing out marginalized members of the community in the process. Lees comments that this has been happening all over London and other cities, and is part of a much longer, extremely complex process euphemistically referred to as ‘urban renewal’ by some and ‘social exclusion’ by others: "Local borough councils have been heavily supportive of policies and processes of gentrification but they'll call them regeneration, particularly arts led, around places like Hackney and Dalston," says Lees.

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Geography Research Seminars 2014

All seminars take place on Thursdays in the Seminar Room F75a, first floor, Bennett Building at 4pm unless otherwise stated
Semester 1


16 October 2014: Dr David Manley (University of Bristol)
‘Intergeneration Transmission of Neighbourhood Disadvantage: New evidence from Sweden’
Chair: Dr Nick Tate
30 October 2014:  Dr Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh)
‘Emancipating clocks: rethinking the transformative potential of clock-time’
Chair: Dr Caroline Upton
13 November 2014:  Dr Didier Leibovici (University of Nottingham)
‘Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Entropy: Some definitions, Some uses and Some multiway methods’
Chair: Professor Lex Comber
20 November 2014:  Dr Alison Heppenstall (University of Leeds)
‘Agent-based Modelling’
Chair: Dr Claire Smith (subject to change)
27 November 2014:  Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading)
‘Emotional Geographies of Enthusiasm: exploring tree health science, policy and practice’
Chair: Professor Martin Phillips
4 December 2014:  Dr Jasper Kenter (University of the Highlands and Islands)
‘Beyond costs and benefits, a deliberative paradigm for environmental decisions’
Chair: Dr Caroline Upton

Professor Peter Kraftl and Professor Loretta Lees become Editors of leading Geography journals

We are delighted to announce that two members of Leicester’s Geography Department have become Editors of leading Geography journals – Area and Geoforum.

Professor Peter Kraftl  has been appointed an Editor of Area ( Area was established in 1969 and is one of the longest-standing and most-respected Geography journals. Area publishes cutting-edge research by scholars from across the discipline, and provides a forum for debate and discussion about the shape of academic Geography. Along with co-editors Kavita Datta (QMUL) and Paul Wood (Loughborough), Professor Kraftl aims to encourage a ‘hybrid’ agenda for the journal, speaking between and cross disciplinary boundaries.

Professor Loretta Lees has been appointed an Editor of Geoforum ( Geoforum is a leading international, inter-disciplinary journal publishing innovative research and commentary in human geography and related fields. The broad focus is the organisation of economic, political, social and environmental systems through space and over time. Areas of study range from the analysis of the global political economy, through political ecology, national systems of regulation and governance, to urban and regional development, feminist, economic and urban geographies and environmental justice and resources management. The full team of editors includes Padriag Carmody (Trinity College Dublin), Nicola Ansell (Brunel), Sarah Hall (Nottingham), Harvey Neo (National University of Singapore), Tom Perreault (Syracuse, USA). Professor Lees aims to encourage more policy orientated agendas for the journal.

Postgraduate Information Fair 2014

While our regular Open Days are aimed at students wanting to study for an undergraduate degree, we recognise that postgraduate applicants also want to find out about the University of Leicester, our courses and our facilities.To this end we organise an annual Postgraduate Information Fair on our campus.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

At the Postgraduate Information Fair you will have the chance to:

  • Speak to academics from the subject(s) that interest you
  • Hear from our current postgraduates
  • Look around our campus and library
  • Find out more about postgraduate life at Leicester
  • Learn more about financing your studies

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