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.