Meet the team
Dr Paul Gilchrist, course leader
I am a human geographer and historian with specialist research interests in the geographies of leisure and sport. My research focuses on understanding the use of spaces and places for everyday activities, and what political and legal issues emerge when the space is shared and contested. I’m a keen gardener (allotments are a very important leisure space in their own right!). I share my experiences with students on how everyday gardening and our encounters with the non-human world – with plants, animals, water, soil – offers the potential to think about environmental vulnerability, relations of care to others, and the imagining of a post-human future.
I am passionate about field learning and take students on trips to cities, coastal towns, rural tourism attractions, museums, archives and farms. These trips help to put what’s studied in class into real-world context and the sites are important research laboratories too. The trips are a perfect opportunity to experience social research methods in action and to work together on the problems posed by data gathering and analysis.
Prof Rebecca Elmhirst, Professor of Human Geography
I am a human geographer and political ecologist with two decades of research and teaching experience on struggles over environmental governance, migration and social justice in the global South.
I have an interest in exploring the links between society and the environment. My teaching focuses on the negative and socially uneven impacts of extractive environmental degradation, and on actions that challenge social and ecological injustice in different parts of the world.
I use teaching practices that equip students with the tools that enable them to think differently about some of these problems and possibilities.
Dr Nicholas McGlynn, senior lecturer
I'm a geographer of sexuality, especially interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) spaces. Through my teaching and research, I want to show and explore how we can use geography to improve LGBTQ lives.
I bring high energy and enthusiasm to all of my lectures, using plenty of videos, group discussions, class polls, and sometimes a bit of quick research right there in the classroom. Learning isn't about just sitting and listening, it's about actually doing stuff!
Podcast: Nick talks discusses his research into LGBTQ communities in both rural and urban areas and his high energy teaching style
Find out about the rest of the course team
Dr Jason Lim, Dr Mary Gearey, Dr Carl Bonner-Thompson, Dr Matthew Brolly, Prof David Nash, Dr Niall Burnside, Dr Ryan Woodard