“Covid-19 and the Built Environment” paper session at the 2022 RGS-IBG Annual Conference (Newcastle, UK) is confirmed

Website: Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference (rgs.org)

Session title: Covid-19 and the Built Environment

Session organiser(s): Richard Smith

Session chair: Richard Smith

Paper titles, with authors and presenters:

  1. Sentiment Analysis of Urban Places during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Understanding and assessing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s sentiments in Amsterdam, based on Twitter dataset and sentiment analysis – Céleste Richard (presenting)
  2. Why skyscrapers after Covid-19? – Richard Smith (presenting)
  3. Covid-19 and the management of Singapore’s public housing: a catalyst for change? – Jingheng Huang (presenting)
  4. Pandemic Landscapes. Fieldnotes from Heathrow Airport – Nicholas Ferguson (presenting)
  5. What the pandemic and its impact on the lives of older people can teach us about age-friendly urban spaces. – Linda Naughton (presenting), Miguel Padeiro, Cláudia Costa, Francisco Cunha

Are you from Wales and would you like to do an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? (There is funding you can apply for)

Are you from Wales and would you like to do an MSc by Research in Urban Studies?

Interested in doing an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? This funding opportunity would fully cover the tuition fees if you did it Full Time (1 Year). Contact me/see me if you want to apply.

You will need to apply quickly to secure a place at Swansea University as a part of the funding scheme.

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Master’s or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case. The closing date for any applications for the 2022-23 academic year is 31 MAY 2022 – and the Trustees will not consider any applications received after the closing date. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.

Updated URGENT: Masters / PhD Funding Opportunity

Interested in doing an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? This funding would fully cover the tuition fees. Contact me if you want to apply.

If you are from Wales and would like me to supervise your research Masters or PhD please get in touch with me: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk. You will need to apply quickly to secure a place at Swansea University as a part of the funding scheme.

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Master’s or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case. The closing date for any applications for the 2022-23 academic year is 31 MAY 2022 – and the Trustees will not consider any applications received after the closing date. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.

Surplus Skyscrapers?

Canary Wharf launches flexible office service as work patterns shift | Financial Times

“Citi is moving thousands of staff into 40 Bank Street while it undertakes a £100mn refurbishment of its neighbouring skyscraper, a project partly aimed at improving the building’s green credentials. Moving to a flexible office gives the bank a chance to try out technology and ways of working that it might use in the refurbished offices, and provides opportunities to experiment while the future of work remains so uncertain, said Kathryn Harrison-Thomas, head of Citi’s property services in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “We’re seeing how people work prior to making some very significant commitments in the main building. If people want to work a couple of days at home and three in the office, that means we don’t need 9,000 desks any more,” she said.”

Welsh Government Supports UCU Strike Action and Calls for UUK to start supporting University Staff

“Swansea University is the only Welsh University on strike; but we have a strong statement from the Welsh Government today on how UUK need to start acting in the interest of University staff:

Statement of Opinion – OPIN-2022-0260 – Welsh Parliament (assembly.wales)

OPIN-2022-0260 Swansea University and Open University Action (e)Tabled on 16/02/2022

This Senedd:

1. Recognises that, throughout the pandemic, academic staff have worked hard to keep education open and stabilise the sector and that, now the emergency has passed, university lecturers face a 35 per cent cut in pension entitlement.

2. Recognises lecturers’ deep commitment towards their students and that the decision to strike is never easy.

3. Calls upon Universities UK to:

a) return to the negotiating table immediately to avert damaging strikes and allow a post-pandemic evaluation of the pension fund.

b) work with staff to devise a UK-wide plan to re-build the sector by eliminating precarious contracts, managing workloads and addressing inequality.”

PhD Awarded in Urban Geography – Congratulations!

I am delighted to announce that Dr Aziz Alrashidi was awarded his PhD in Human Geography from Swansea University on the 31st of January. His PhD thesis was in the field of Urban Geography:

An Investigation of Quality of Urban Life (QoUL), A Case Study of Quba Municipality, Medina City, Saudi Arabia

He can be contacted at:

Dr Aziz Alrashidi

Branch of Taibah University in Al Ula

Al Ula Governorate, Saudi Arabia

Taibah University 

Email: arrashidi@taibahu.edu.sa

Lecturer in Geography (Job Advert)

Link To Advert and How to Apply: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CMJ166/lecturer-in-geography

Lecturer in Geography
Swansea University – Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Swansea
Salary: £35,326 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 13th February 2022
Job Ref: AC05011
Contract: Fixed term position for 12 months from date of appointment (Enhanced Teaching)

Location: Swansea University (Singleton Park Campus)

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Department of Geography at Swansea University, within the ambitious and newly formed School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics. Swansea Geography is an ambitious and vibrant research community. We conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research spanning Critical Human Geography, Environmental Dynamics, Glaciology, and Global Environmental Modelling and Earth Observation. Swansea is a coastal city that is both picturesque and cosmopolitan, offering an excellent quality of life. Our stimulating, multidisciplinary environment enables and inspires excellence.

The Lecturer in Geography will be fixed term for 12 months to cover a secondment. The post requires high-quality student-centred teaching and a commitment to enhance the overall student experience, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a contribution to academic administration and management within the Department and the College. We seek an individual that has experience of teaching, supervising, tutoring, and assessing undergraduate students successfully in aspects of Geography and in a range of learning environments (e.g. tutorials, seminars, lectures, practical sessions, and field classes).

Candidates should have a passion for teaching to inspire and educate future scholars, looking for ways to deliver innovative teaching and learning, engage students, support their employability, and to deliver the highest possible levels of student experience.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to:

Dr Kevin Rees – k.g.rees@swansea.ac.uk; or
Professor Siwan Davies (Head of the School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics) – siwan.davies@swansea.ac.uk
Shortlisting w/c 28th February 2022

Interviews w/c 14th March 2022

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a complete online application providing evidence against the essential criteria in the recruitment documentation, clearly identifying which position you are applying for. Applicants should also attach to the application these separate documents:

Curriculum Vitae;
Statement of suitability for the post and your plan to contribute to teaching excellence in Swansea as outlined in the person specification criteria;
These posts are on an Enhanced Teaching Research pathway. The Academic Career Pathways (ACP) scheme is designed to ensure that academic strengths whether in research, teaching, the wider student experience, leadership or innovation and engagement, are all appropriately recognised, developed, valued, and rewarded. Further information is available here – https://staff.swansea.ac.uk/human-resources/current-staff/academic-career-pathways/. These provide indicative performance levels for all academic staff which will be used in the recruitment process as well as for internal academic promotion. Where there are numeric indicators these will be considered in light of the stage of career, hours of work and other commitments. This may be personal circumstances or work related activities outside of academia such as in industry or a clinical setting. Applicants are very welcome to provide any relevant individual circumstances such as career breaks, any periods of leave or secondment or any other absences, which should be taken into account and how these have had an impact on your career development.

The appointment is subject to the General Terms of Appointment for Academic Staff set out in the attached: https://staff.swansea.ac.uk/media/P1819-1202-Terms-and-Conditions-of-Appointment-Academic-Staff-June-2019.pdf

URGENT – ESRC PhD funding for Human Geography with the Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Post-Doctoral Fellowships also available)

Email me if you want me to supervise your PhD or mentor your Post-Doc Fellowship: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk

Deadline for PhD applications is 12:00pm GMT on 4th February 2022.

Indications of interest in PDFs must be sent to the pathway convenor, Professor Gary Bridge at Cardiff University before February 1st, 2022.

Further Information (DTP website)

Further Information on Human Geography Pathway (DTP website)

Further Information on PDFs (DTP website)

The Department of Geography at Swansea University invites applications for PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) as part of the Human Geography pathway of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for PhD studentship applications is February 4th, 2022. Indications of interest in PDFs must be sent to the pathway convenor, Professor Gary Bridge at Cardiff University before February 1st, 2022. These are both for October, 2022 entry. Enquiries can also be sent to Chris Muellerleile at Swansea University: c.m.muellerleile@swansea.ac.uk


The PhD studentships are ‘open’ awards meaning that any topic within the broad remit of the ESRC is eligible. If successful, applicants would be awarded a fully funded studentship for either 3 or 4 years depending on previous experience. Applicants should approach a potential supervisor before submitting their application. Information on the research interests of Swansea Geography staff can be found here.  A short description of the accredited Human Geography pathway is available on the ESRC Wales DTP website here. Prospective PhD students should apply here: https://apply.swansea.ac.uk/#/home.

The Postdoctoral fellowships are one year awards. Potential applicants will need an academic mentor, which would be a member of staff at either Cardiff, Aberystwyth, or Swansea University. Information on the research interests of Swansea Geography staff can be found here. The first formal step in the application process is to contact the Human Geography pathway convenor, Professor Gary Bridge at Cardiff University to discuss the suitability of the topic and potential mentors. This conversation with Professor Bridge must happen by February 1st, 2022 at the latest. More information on eligibility for these fellowships, including application information, can be found here: https://walesdtp.ac.uk/fellowships/.

There will be an information session on applying for a PDF on Monday, January 10th, 2022. See below.

Applying for an ESRC Wales DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday 10th January 2022, 11:00am-12:00noon

ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities are open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organization that is part of a DTP. Full information regarding Postdoc Fellowships and eligibility is available on the Wales DTP website .

The DTP recently opened its call for ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowships to commence in October 2022.  Join us for a live one-hour session aimed at helping you to decide whether a Fellowship is right for you, and how to go about applying. In the session, Wales DTP Director Professor John Harrington will outline the benefits of a Fellowship and how to apply. You will also hear from and have an opportunity to put questions to current and former Wales DTP Postdoctoral Fellows, who will share their own experience of a Fellowship and how it has helped to further their career.

Register for this free one hour session by 5th January 2022. Live talks will be recorded and made available after the event.