Students explore Lincolnshire on their first field trip

On Wednesday 4th October 2017, first year students and staff at the School of Geography, University of Lincoln, went on their first field trip as part of their studies.

The field trip was set in Lincolnshire and the party followed the River Witham from Lincoln to Horncastle, Boston and the Wash. In Horncastle and Boston, students were tasked with examining the history of flooding and its cause in each town.

Meteorological studies were carried out by students to identify factors affecting microclimates in Central Lincoln and Gibraltar Point. They also investigated water quality in the Brayford Pool in relation to the Fossdyke and the Witham feeds. At Gibraltar Point, Vicky Bush from the Lincs Wildlife Trust, also gave a talk on the history of the site and supported staff to run an exercise identifying changes of flora across the salt marsh and sand dunes.

Students then had the opportunity to explore uphill Lincoln and Skegness to identify the different ways in which tourism shaped each place. They interviewed local businesses about the impact of tourism and linked their observations to data about social deprivation to assess whether there were any links between the types of tourism and the quality of life in each destination.

All students involved worked hard and enjoyed their first field trip with the School and delivered some great presentations on their final day.

School Director of Teaching and Learning Receives Special Recognition

School of Geography Director of Teaching & Learning and Senior Lecturer in Urban Geography & Applications of Big Data, Dr Adegbola Ojo, has been recognised by Merseyside Police Force for the impact of his research and capacity building efforts.

Over the last twelve months, Dr Ojo has developed a suite of quantitative and spatial analytical techniques useful for determining where law enforcement resources should be focused; evaluating whether operational strategies are effective or not; and examining whether law enforcement staff work in accordance with good practice guidelines. Merseyside Police Force benefitted from capacity building activities wrapped around these knowledge-oriented techniques.

Pictured is Dr Ojo with a member of Merseyside Police.

Pictured is Dr Ojo with a member of Merseyside Police.

Speaking at the Evidence-Based Practice Ambassador Recognition Event which was held at Merseyside Police Headquarters on 29th September 2017, Assistant Chief Constable, Julie Cooke noted that current research needs to be embedded in the entire policing decision-making process right from the beginning. Merseyside Police Force set up the Evidence Based Practice Knowledge Hub in February 2017 to allow for cross-fertilisation of cutting edge academic research and policing experience.

In addition to recognising Dr Ojo’s contributions, Merseyside Police have agreed to partner with him to design and implement an ambitious research project. The project will integrate multiple signals of granular covert criminogenic and ancillary datasets for the purpose of simulating and predicting urban crime patterns. Attention will be paid to firearm discharges, organised criminal gangs and spatio-temporal mobility dynamics of offenders and victims within the built environment.

 

Dr Bosworth presents collaborative paper at 3rd MICaRD conference

As part of the Regional Studies Association, Deputy Head of School, Dr Gary Bosworth recently presented a collaborative paper with Dr Tialda Haartsen (University of Groningen) at the 3rd Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development MICaRD conference in Warsaw.

The conference themes were outmigration and circular migration, with particular reference to the impacts on migrants’ lives and on the places left behind. Although the pressures of rural depopulation are more acute in parts of Eastern Europe, where migration to cities is exacerbated by international labour migration, Dr Bosworth and Dr Haartsen identified a number of rural districts in England and The Netherlands facing population decline and ageing, raising questions about their community sustainability.

 More about the Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD) Research network:

This research network aims to bring together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe to provide a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration in order to foster collaboration and expand research opportunities. The specific focus is on increasing labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas for both sending and receiving nations.

Through its events, MICaRD will explore the implications of European economic migration on three interconnected levels: that of an individual (skills, human capital, employability, motivations for migration), community (cohesion and integration) and the region (regional development, planning and policy). These will be explored through dimensions such as labour markets, entrepreneurialism, networks and social integration, but at the same time will not be limited to these.

Pictured, our host from the University of Warsaw, Dr Adam Ploszaj, along with the MICaRD network co-ordinators -Drs Ruth McAreavey, Gary Bosworth and Agnieszka Rydzik.

Dr Bosworth and Dr Agnieszka Rydzik (University of Lincoln International Business School) will host the 4th event at the University of Lincoln in April 2018.