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Dr Tim Walker

Dr Tim Walker

Research Fellow

 Peter Lanyon A073


Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


Tim is a Research Fellow on the ERDF funded Smartline project. Smartline is a research and innovation project aimed at supporting the growth of the eHealth and eWellbeing small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in Cornwall. Tim’s role is to research ways to improve volunteer experience along with identifying gaps in management systems leading SME’s to develop new digital products.


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. Newcastle University, Centre for Rural Economy

2008: BA in Geography. Swansea University


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.


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 ExeterTimothy 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 ExeterThe 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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