Human Geography

Stephanie Denning

Human Geography

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

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: An exploration through affectivity of Christian social action responding to food poverty

This research uses the notion of affect within non-representational theories to consider human bodies’ action in terms of capabilities, ability, and reflection.  I will do this through running a faith-based social action project through the charity ‘MakeLunch’ to explore how Christian faith can motivate social action, stimulate interactions between Christians and others, and impact upon future action.  I argue a greater consideration of human willing is needed in understanding of human action.  The research contributes conceptually and empirically to affective geographies, the geography of religion, and to understanding of faith and action for community based groups responding to food poverty.

Research supervisors: Dr JD Dewsbury

Professional memberships/Positions held: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Postgraduate Fellow, Member of SWDTC Participatory Action Research Group

E-mail: stephanie.denning@bristol.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Stephanie Denning

Twitter: @SJ_Denning

Suzanne Hocknell

Human Geography

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

Start Date: September 2012

Research Topic: The Fat of the Land? Eating-well with margarine

Fat is not just on our plates or in our bellies, but also a matter for social concern, political intervention and public health discourses.  My research engages yellow fat as a research participant in order to investigate food systems:  which bodies and relationships they valorise or disregard.   Through exploring encounters between producers, eaters and the stuff of fat I practice a form of embodied politics, and begin to develop methodologies that work to enhance solidarity within, and between, human and non-human communities. 

Research supervisors: Dr Ian Cook, Professor Steve Hinchliffe

Professional memberships / Positions held: Social Media Officer, Food Geographies Research Group, RGS-IBG, Ordinary Committee Member, Social and Cultural Geography Research Group, RGS-IBG, Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy

E-mail: sh422@exeter.ac.uk

Twitter: @suzehocknell

Website: https://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/suzannehocknell/?section=1

Anna Jackman

Human Geography

PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: Military and non-military drones

I am currently completing my PhD in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. Entitled ‘Unmanned geographies: Drone visions and visions of the drone’, my PhD explores the propagation of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), in military, commercial, and civilian spheres, attending to a range of questions emergent in these distinct contexts. I am particularly interested in exploring the industries, institutions, and discourses that enable or subvert the proliferation of drones. My thesis explores the framing of drones in military and commercial/ civilian tradeshows or expos, conceptual questions about drone (in)visibility, and more broadly: the making of the drone.

Research supervisors: Dr Sean Carter, Dr Pepe Romanillos

Professional memberships / Positions held: Postgraduate fellow of Royal Geographical Society, Member of Women in Aviation International, Member of the Design History Society, Member of the Spatial Responsibilities research group at the University of Exeter, SWDTC role:  Chair of organising committee of Knowledge Beyond Borders Conference, 2013

E-mail: ahj203@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Anna Jackman

Twitter: @ahjackman

Website: https://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/annajackman/?section=1

Emma Marshall

Human Geography

PhD Researcher in Human Geography (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Class and the asylum determination system in the UK

My research examines the extent to which the concept of class can provide a theoretical framework to interpret how the individual backgrounds of asylum seekers, such as their education or occupation in their country of origin, may account for discrepancies in procedural outcomes. It is well documented that in the UK some asylum seekers get much quicker and more accurate initial decisions than others, for reasons that go beyond whether they are making a genuine claim. I am interested in exploring how class identity is constructed through perceptions of social value, and how these values may influence the decision-making process.

Research supervisors: Dr Nick Gill, Dr Naomi Milner

E-mail: egm203@exeter.ac.uk

Amanda Schmid Scott

Human Geography

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

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: The government of life in immigration detention

My PhD is exploring forms of estrangement and structural violence in immigration detention centres. I am especially interested in the ways in which different forms of power interact within spaces of detention and how visual approaches to research allow abstract and theoretical ideas to be communicated. It is funded through the ESRC. 

Research supervisors: Dr Nick Gill, Dr Karen Tucker, Dr Bice Maiguashca

E-mail: as862@exeter.ac.uk

Twitter: @amandargscott