Archive news - 2011

Alcohol consumption in the UK: Geographical views offer new perspective on the future of alcohol policy

Geography academic Dr Michael Leyshon has contributed to the latest in a series of RGS research reviews titled 'Consumption controversies: alcohol policies in the UK'.

Seeing with hands

Geography academic Dr Mark Paterson was interviewed on BBC Spotlight on a feature about a blind man visiting Paignton Zoo to gain a better understanding of animals.

Student dissertation success

Two undergraduate students have won awards for their dissertations from the Quaternary Research Association and Historical Geography Research Group.

West Antarctic ice sheet ‘could be more stable than thought’

Whether global warming may cause the giant West Antarctic Ice Sheet to melt and raise sea-levels by several metres is one of the most contested debates in climate science.

Glaciers contributing to faster sea-level rise

Melting mountain glaciers are contributing to sea-level rise faster than at any time in the last 350 years, according to new research published in Nature Geoscience.

Myrtle Murray dissertation awards

This year’s Myrtle Murray award, which helps funds dissertation expenses, has been awarded to two students.

PhD student wins US National Science Foundation supported award

PhD student Alan Puttock wins US National Science Foundation supported award to carry out fieldwork at the Sevilleta LTER New Mexico, USA.

Exeter contributes to the Association of American Geographers annual meeting

Academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from Exeter contributed to sessions on climate change, creative industries, sensational marxisms, creative writing, geography-art practice, resource geographies and governance at this year’s AAG meeting in Seattle from  12 – 16 April.

Future of energy under the spotlight

Leading experts on energy policy will be discussing what the future holds for Cornwall, the UK and the rest of the world at an event which aims to share cutting-edge ideas.

Making History

Dr David Harvey has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Making History programme (broadcast 3pm 10/05/11).

Remembrance, Commemoration and Memory

James Wallis, David Harvey and Nicola Thomas of the Geography Department have been recently been awarded an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with the Imperial War Museum.

Shaping the future of global energy policy

A leading academic at the University of Exeter has played a central role in compiling a report which could be vital for global efforts to tackle climate change.

Healthy planet, healthy people?

A major new research project will examine how policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could impact human health, it has been announced today.

Climate change disasters could be predicted

Climate change disasters, such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, dieback of the Amazon rainforest or collapse of the Atlantic overturning circulation, could be predicted according to University of Exeter research.

South West shops support repair research

Shops from across the South West have helped a University of Exeter research team uncover the creativity and community spirit at the heart of the region’s small-scale repair industries.

UK scientists tackle food security

The Universities of Exeter and Bristol, in partnership with Rothamsted Research are joining forces to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing humanity: how can we feed a growing population?

University celebrates sporting achievements

It has been another incredibly successful year for Exeter Sport, with the University currently sitting in 8th position in the annual British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table and a host of honours won.

Exeter student inspired by Polar explorer ancestry

University of Exeter student Rebecca Rixon has shared the first findings of her research on the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet.

Reunited documents offer slave trade insight

The missing links in a major collection of documents about the English slave trade and plantations in Jamaica have been reunited.

‘Quaternary sciences – the view from the mountains’: Exeter Geographers at INQUA 2011.

Academic staff, research fellows and postgraduate researchers in Geography at Exeter contributed to July’s International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Congress in the leafy surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage city, and capital of Switzerland, Berne.

'Geographical imaginations': Exeter Geographers at the RGS(IBG) Conference.

This year’s Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) conference took place at the RGS’s headquarters in Kensington Gore, London from 31st August to 2 September.

Britain’s wildlife will benefit from better coastal structures

Plants and animals that live on Britain’s coasts could benefit from changes to the way coastal structures such as seawalls, breakwaters, rock armour and jetties are designed and built.

Unique art-science experiment conducted in Cornwall and Iceland

A new book – Six Days in Iceland – is the result of collaboration between a poet and Geography staff and students at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus.

Exeter students understand the financial crisis by ‘making money’

Local people have been enjoying work by University of Exeter Geography students at an exhibition at The Hub on the Green this week.