SoGE academics' accomplishments recognised with professorial titles

Two academic members at the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) have been awarded the title of Professor by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their fields of research, teaching and academic service. Congratulations to Louise Slater, Professor of Hydroclimatology, and Christian Brand, Professor of Transport, Energy and Climate Change, on this richly deserved achievement.

Professors Louise Slater and Christian Brand

Thinking Care-fully with Method Workshop: Facing the Discomfort in Research

Researchers face ethical dilemmas in every step of the research process, often unforeseen despite our best efforts of anticipation in the research design. Many complex ethical questions arise from the best intentions of producing inclusive and responsible research while avoiding harm to participants and researchers. These questions become more salient with the emergence of diverse creative and innovative research methods in the field, such as 'go-along', visual, and digital methods. Responding to the ethical and practical challenges in qualitative research, Dr Jennie Middleton, Dr Rosalie Warnock, and Professor Gillian Rose convened a two-part workshop on Thinking Care-fully with Method at SoGE in May.

Participants at the Thinking Care-fully with Method workshop.

Remembering Dr Karen Bakker

The School of Geography and the Environment is very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Karen Bakker in August. Karen was a Rhodes Scholar at SoGE, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in 1999, before she moved to the University of British Columbia.

Dr Karen Bakker

'My home city was destroyed by war but I will not lose hope' - how modern warfare turns neighbourhoods into battlefields

"It has been almost 12 years since I left my city. And I have never been able to return. Homs, the place I was born and grew up, has been destroyed and I, like many others, have been left in exile: left to remember how beautiful it once was. What can a person do when their home - that place within them that carries so much meaning - has effectively been murdered?" Dr Ammar Azzouz, Research Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment, writes for The Conversation.

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Extreme weather events are exactly the time to talk about climate change - here's why

Josh Ettinger, a doctoral researcher in SoGE, is exploring how extreme weather events may affect the way the public feels, thinks and acts on climate change. In an article in The Conversation he explores how to talk about recent extreme weather events and climate change with people and how to shift their existing concerns about climate change into action.

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