Timothy Walker
Research Fellow

Research

Research interests

Timothy has a background in social geography and particular interest in conducting participatory action research. Since completing his Doctorate Timothy has been working on a number of research and impact facing projects with Cornwall’s voluntary, healthcare, and digital sectors. Most recently Timothy was funded by a Proof of Concept award from UoE Innovation, Impact and Business to establish the potential of new digital mapping solutions for the community transport sector. Prior to this Tim was embedded, as the Knowledge Exchange Fellow (ESRC IAA), at Age UK Cornwall and Volunteer Cornwall in order to accelerate impact from CGES research on the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers in the health and social care sector.

Alongside geographies of volunteering, Timothy has a particular interest in environmental management and local action partnerships. Through his Doctoral research Timothy developed close working relationships with groups on the Lizard Peninsular; including Loe Pool Forum and Linking Lizard Countryside Partnership. These connections continue to generate research projects for BA/BSc and MSc geography students.

Research projects

Volunteers in Communities

Volunteers in Communities is an action research project seeking to enable innovation in the voluntary sector. The project is being led by world leading researchers at the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society (CGES) in partnership with Volunteer Cornwall and Age UK Cornwall. Our website volunteersincommunities.org provides a platform to showcase the team’s successes and communicate research findings. On the site you will be able to freely access a range of resources and learn about the projects Timothy is currently working on.

Loe Pool Forum

Loe Pool Forum (LPF) is an environmental partnership working to improve water quality and reduce flood risk in the River Cober catchment. LPF is taking a catchment based approach to managing local water risks; this commits to thinking holistically about the catchment and its issues. Central to a catchment based approach is collaborative working with local stakeholders and Universities. As such LPF and the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society have a developed a mutually beneficially research project relationship

Grants/Funding

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (2017) Impact Acceleration Account, University of Exeter: Timothy secured funding for the project (total project worth £24,319) titled ‘TAP-MAPPING – enabling innovation in the community transport sector’ which was designed to realise the social and economic impact from Volunteers in Communities latest phase of action research.

Proof of Concept Award (2016) Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter: Timothy was granted funding (total project worth £12,688) for the project titled ‘I.MAP.CARE’ from IIB’s Open Innovation platform to investigate the potential of iGeolise Travel Time technology for the community transport sector.

ESRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (2015 - 2016) Centre for Geography, Environment and Society, University of Exeter: Timothy was embedded at Age UK Cornwall and Volunteer Cornwall in order to accelerate impact from CGES research on the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers in the health and social care sector.

UoE Graduate Placement (2014) Centre for Geography, Environment and Society, University of Exeter: The Farm and Resilience Management (FARM) project sought to understand the associated risks of climate change to biodiversity on the Lizard Peninsula and the constraints to implementing land management.

SWDTC Work Placement (2013) National Trust, Helston: Timothy secured a match funded (£6000) South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Work Placement at the National Trust. Activity focused on delivering Loe Pool Forum’s community engagement agenda.

Miller Prize (2010) Newcastle University: Timothy was awarded the Miller Prize (£500) as the highest overall achieving research student, out of 205 students, on the ESRC accredited MSc research training programme.

CRE Studentship (2010) Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University: Awarded a post graduate studentship (£2,000) for living costs and funding for the ESRC Survey Skills Programme, completed in 2011.

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