The School of Geography and the Environment’s Student Writing Team

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Our SoGE student writing team is a vibrant community where students with a passion for science communication can thrive and learn. Whether an undergraduate or pursuing a DPhil in Geography, our student writers contribute valuable insights, fresh ideas, and a passion for science communication that adds vibrancy to our community.

We encourage our students to write about their own experiences, the research they are interested in, and what life is like during their time as student. At SoGE we celebrate the enthusiasm and fresh perspectives that student writers bring to the table.

It's important to note that our student writers are in the process of honing their skills and expertise, and will do their best to consult experts in the field they write about. They are supported by the Communications Team and academics in the department. When approaching difficult and nuanced topics of research, it’s important to remember that our student writers are on a continuous path of growth and learning, and so if you have any feedback, to please get in touch with


Current student writers


Aissa Dearing (they/she) is a previous Environmental Change and Management student from Durham, North Carolina, USA. Her research interests lie at the nexus of political theory, sustainable development, food systems transformation, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Aissa has a breadth of multi-sector experience, most notably working in the Biden-Harris White House, philanthropy, Durham-based non-profits, climate journalism, and environmental justice policy development. She will continue her research this year as a DPhil in Geography and the Environment with a Clarendon Scholarship.


Emma Schneck

Emma Schneck (she/her) is a student on the MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance course and one of the School of Geography and the Environment’s Science Writers. In addition to her coursework, Emma enjoys working as one of the head editors for the Anthroposphere—a multimedia climate magazine based in the University of Oxford. Her main interests include climate justice, climate-induced migration, environmental politics, and small island state representation in the UNFCCC. Her most recent dissertation research explores ocean conservation governance and liminal political movements in Tenerife, Spain.



The Communications Team

The School of Geography and the Environment Communications Team oversee the student writers, providing editorial guidance and support. You can contact the team at: