The European Society for Rural Sociology, Krakow

On July 27th 2017, our School’s Dr Gary Bosworth recently presented a paper on ‘Social capital creation and experiences of integration among migrant women in rural Lincolnshire’ at a conference for the European Society for Rural Sociology, Krakow (pictured).

 

The research was carried out by Dr Bosworth’s PhD student, Mahdieh Zeinali, who discovered that female migrants who engage in entrepreneurial activities are pro-actively extending their personal networks and becoming recognised as business-women, not just as “migrants”.

Dirk Strijker, a Visiting Professor at our School also presented a co-authored paper on rural research methods, which you can read online.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

 

 

Visiting Academics join the School of Geography

The School of Geography have recently appointed Visiting Academics to help support and contribute to the School’s research endeavours.

Hanne Bat Finke, University of Southern Denmark 

Hanne is a member of the Danish Centre for Rural Research, and will also be joining us as an associate member of the Rural Research Group. She will contribute to the School’s ‘Think Tank’ discussion series, helping to introduce undergraduates to a wide range of research topics from her experience in; rural research, landscape architecture and planning, and rural development policies as well as supporting teaching in Rural geography and Rural Research methods.


Prof. Dirk Strijker, University of Groningen

Dirk is the Mansholt Professor in Rural Development at the University of Groningen. Having collaborated with researchers at the University of Lincoln, he will be an associate member of the Rural Research Group to support continuing research collaborations on topics relating to rural cultural and economic development. Amongst other things he will contribute to teaching on research methods and rural geography and he is keen to support the School to develop student exchange opportunities. Dirk’s research regularly informs Dutch government policies, and he is a strong campaigner for improving Internet provision in more peripheral regions. He is also a regular columnist in De Boerderij, a Dutch farmers’ magazine.


 Prof. John Lewin, Aberystwyth University

John will join the School as Visiting Professor of River Systems and Environmental Change and a member of the Advisory Board. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University, where he was also Dean of the Science Faculty, Vice Principal and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. His active research concerns rivers and floodplains, floods and the effects of human activities and climate change. This is especially focused on the largest world rivers. He also writes on geographical concepts and how geographers come to achieve reliable knowledge of the world history of landform change.


Dr Sean Longfield

Sean is a Senior Fellow of the University of Lincoln and the national Lead Scientist for flood and coastal erosion research at the Environment Agency.

Sean received a BSc in Geography from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1994 and completed a PhD in river response to recent environmental change at the University of Leeds in 1998.  He has worked in the private sector as a Hydrologist and Hydraulic Modeller, and in a variety of roles in the public sector, including national Science Manager and national Lead Scientist for flood risk research at the Environment Agency.

His personal research interests include flood frequency estimation, historical hydrology, environmental change and hydrological modelling.  Sean has also overseen the technical delivery of the Joint DEFRA and Environment Agency Flooding Research Programme which included research projects on flood incident management and modelling, asset management, reservoir safety, natural flood management, surface water flooding and costal flood risk.

 Sean is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Research into engaging rural SMEs in the digital economy

Dr Gary Bosworth, Deputy Head of School and Programme Leader recently delivered a presentation to the Regional Studies Association.

The annual conference, held in Dublin, saw Dr Bosworth discuss “Engaging small and medium sized businesses in the digital economy“. It has been identified that currently, poor provision of infrastructure is seeing companies in more rural areas being slow to adopt new digital innovative which is worsening the urban rural divide.

Dr Bosworth at the conference.

Dr Bosworth at the conference.

Find out more about Dr Bosworth’s research online.