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The members of the Communities, Culture and Sustainability group conduct social research across a range of topics in the Global North and the Global South. This research can be grouped into three main areas: transition and development; culture, identity and consumption; and sustainable communities.

The nature of these topics means that they often encompass both pure/conceptual and applied/action research aspects. Importantly this research also informs teaching, helping to keep the undergraduate curriculum – particularly in the areas of human geography and international development studies – fresh, up-to-date and engaged with contemporary social concerns. Students considering PhD research in areas aligned with the interests of group members are encouraged to contact Dr Philip Marren, Postgraduate Research Tutor for Geography and International Development.

Group staff and research interests

Professor Roy Alexander: community carbon reduction; community energy
Dr Rebecca Collins: sustainable consumption; everyday material culture; the geographies of youth cultures
Dr Martin Evans: civil conflict and livelihoods; agricultural development; geostrategic implications of climate change
Dr Ruth Healey: migrant and asylum seeker experiences; gender differences in academic research
Dr Martin McNally: housing and urban regeneration; multi-generational households; urban sustainability and well-being
Dr Fiona Williams: socio-economic dimensions of rural change; the digital society in rural areas; more-than-human geographies