Human Geography Alumni


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  • Dr Suzanne Hocknell

    Human Geography Alumni


    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

    Graduation date: 2017

    Research topic: Fat Chance? Eating well with margarine (Available: https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10871/27794)

    Current position: Research Associate in Geography at Newcastle University on an ESRC funded project ‘Corporate food retailers, meat supply chains and the responsibilities of tackling antimicrobial resistance’ with Prof. Alex Hughes (PI), Dr Emma Roe, Prof. Neil Wrigley, Prof. Michelle Lowe and Prof. Bill Keevil (Co-Is).

    Email: suzanne.hocknell@ncl.ac.uk

    Website/Blog: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/suzannehocknellnclacuk.html#background


  • Dr Anna Jackman

    Human Geography Alumni


    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

    Graduation date: 2017

    Research topic: Unmanned geographies: Drone visions and visions of the drone

    Current position: My new job is as a Lecturer in Political Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London

    Email: Anna.Jackman@rhul.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ahjackman

    Website/Blog: https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/anna-jackman(18951d4e-7744-479e-90d7-f9bf11532373).html


  • Dr Callum Sutherland

    Human Geography Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC +3)
    College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2012

    Research topic: Theography, identity, and space in postsecular politics.

    Research supervisors: Professor Paul Cloke

    Email: cws202@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Sarah Tupper

    Human Geography Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC 1+3)
    Geography, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Entwined becomings: older people’s experience of post-disaster recovery

    I am a poststructuralist geographer interested in how subject experiences and responses can resonate through different practices and performances. My research has involved undertaking qualitative data collection (narrative interviews and participant observation) in Christchurch, New Zealand where the region has experienced multiple earthquakes. I am focusing particularly on how those of older generation make sense of, cope and persist in the face of continuing adversity. I am interested in the types of practices which emerge and how this contributes to understandings of subjects and places as continuously becoming.

    Research supervisors: Professor Paul Cloke, Dr Jennifer Lea

    Email: st431@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sarah-tupper-91b93b69

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tupper_sarah


  • Dr Stephanie Denning

    Human Geography Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC 1+3)
    School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: February 2019

    Research topic: Faith, Volunteering and Holiday Hunger: Questioning Action and Persistence through Affect Theory

    UK food poverty has reached unprecedented levels, and faith groups are playing a crucial role in responding to it.  How are people motivated by their faith to respond to food poverty, and how do they persist in volunteering?  This is important to understand if projects relying upon volunteers are to be sustainable.  I explore volunteers’ motivations and persistence in action through affective geographies within non-representational theories.  From Spinoza, an affect operates between bodies and is about the power of a body to act, whilst an affection is about the state of a body and the impact of an affect upon a body.  This research’s focus on faith-based social action contributes to two key themes in the geography of religion: understanding faith as performed in people’s lives, and questioning the role of faith in society.  Using action research and participatory methodologies, over twenty months I established and ran a MakeLunch project in a church.  MakeLunch is a national Christian charity whose projects respond to children’s holiday hunger by providing free lunches.  It is through my own and volunteers’ narratives that I explore how faith motivates action, and how we persisted in volunteering.

    I conclude that volunteers’ faith was significant in motivating volunteering, but motivations must be continually re-ignited to avoid in-action.  Three contributions follow.  First, through affect theory, research can go beyond understanding faith as a social construct by highlighting how by virtue of their faith, volunteering can hold more meaning than what is represented in action.  Secondly, from the conceptual emphasis on affection, nuances of reflecting can be discerned and the role of will challenged because volunteers are changed by affections, which in turn affects their future actions.  Thirdly, the combination of affect and affection portrays how there is a continual cycle of motivation, action and reflection in volunteers’ persistence.

    Current position: In your own words and in first person: I am currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University on a three year ESRC funded project ‘Life on the Breadline’ – https://breadlineresearch.coventry.ac.uk – researching Christian responses to UK poverty in the context of austerity.

    Research supervisors: Dr J D Dewsbury, Paul Cloke (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:

    Royal Geographical Society with IBG Postgraduate Fellow

    Member of SWDTC Participatory Action Research Group

     

    Email: stephanie.denning@coventry.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-denning-0a883666/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SJ_Denning

    Website/Blog: https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/stephanie-denning