Dr Tim Walker
Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
Tim is a Research Fellow affiliated with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) and Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES). With expertise in social geography and a focus on qualitative methods. Tim works on collaborative, interdisciplinary, and impactful research projects. Involving the social housing sector, voluntary organizations, and healthcare sectors at both local and national levels.
2016: PhD titled ‘Geographies of Risk, Uncertainty and Ambiguity in Catchment Management’. Exeter University, Centre for Geography, Environment and Society
2010: MSc in Rural Social Science Research (Distinction). Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy
2008: BA in Geography. Swansea University
Tim earned his BA in Geography from Swansea University in 2008, followed by an MSc in Rural Social Science Research (accredited by ESRC) at Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy. During his time there, he contributed to research projects in collaboration with organizations like the Northern Rural Network, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Durham Rural Community Council.
Doctoral Studies: In 2011, Tim pursued his PhD studies at Exeter University under an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded studentship as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) partnership. Based in the Geography department on the Cornwall campus, his research focused on understanding the risks and uncertainties in catchment management and how environmental partnerships navigate them. Tim played a pivotal role in coordinating the Loe Pool Forum environmental partnership from 2016 to 2020 and authored the Catchment Management Plan as part of his doctoral work.
Postdoctoral Work: After completing his PhD, Tim engaged in diverse research and impact-oriented projects with Cornwall's voluntary, healthcare, and digital sectors. His work involved collaborating with Volunteer Cornwall to enhance volunteer recruitment, training, and retention strategies. Additionally, he partnered with Age UK to explore and test innovative digital mapping solutions for the community transport sector. Tim's efforts in these areas led to his role as a Research Fellow on the Smartline project.
Research Fellow Role: Tim served as a Research Fellow on the Smartline project, a collaborative research and innovation program led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Coastline Housing, Cornwall Council, South West Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN), and Volunteer Cornwall. The project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council. In this role, Tim's primary responsibility was to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in developing new products, services, and processes to enhance people’s health and wellbeing. He also led several research studies on volunteering, digital inclusion, and the feasibility of sensor systems to improve homes and health in social housing.
Current Position: Presently, Tim is actively involved in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded SenseWell project. This project focuses on conducting a feasibility study concerning the use of home environment sensor systems to enhance independent living services.
Tim's current research focus is on the feasibility and social return on investment of home environment sensor systems to improve health in social housing.
Shared Prosperity Fund, CommunitySense (2023-2025):
EPSRC Impact Co-Creation Funding (2023-2024): Sensor systems for healthier social housing: a social return on investment toolkit
EPSRC SenseWell (2023-2025): SenseWell
ERDF Smartline Extension (2021-2023):
ERDF Smartline (2017-2021): Tim worked as a Research Fellow on Smartline.
ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (2017) Impact Acceleration Account, University of Exeter: Tim 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 the Social Innovation Group's action research.
Proof of Concept Award (2016) Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter: Tim 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: Tim 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: Tim 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: Tim 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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