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May 2017

University announces Geography honorary graduand

Thursday 11 May 2017

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development is delighted that its nominee Mr Michael Palin is to be recognized by the Uiversity through the award of an honorary degree (DSc) during next month's graduation ceremonies.

St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship available

Wednesday 14 December 2016

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.75-year St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship in Demography/Population Studies. The PhD studentship is funded by the University of St Andrews and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR).

Sharon Leahy appointed as the next Pro-Dean for Science

Monday 08 May 2017

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Leahy, who has been appointed as the next Pro-Dean (Science Curriculum).

Cox & Marshall produce CALLS Hub Thematic Guide

Friday 05 May 2017

Fiona Cox and Alan Marshall have produced a helpful guide to using the UK Census-based Longitudinal Studies for research on health and health inequalities.

TIBG paper among most downloaded in 2016

Thursday 04 May 2017

A paper co-authored by Professor Allan Findlay is one of Transactions most-downloaded papers in 2016.

Tim Jackson's lecture is available to view online

Tuesday 02 May 2017

The 2017 Guest Lecture presented by Professor Tim Jackson is available to view online.

N-IUSSP publication by SGSD staff

Tuesday 02 May 2017

An article by CPC members Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Nissa Finney on Age Residential Segregation in Britain recently published in the journal Demographic Research featured in the online magazine of the International Union for the Scientific Study of the Population.

PAA2017 Poster Session Winner

Tuesday 02 May 2017

CPC members Albert Sabater and Elspeth Graham and colleagues Francisco Viciana and Diego Ramiro from Spain win an award for the best poster at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.

April 2017

Geography at St Andrews ranked 4th in UK

Thursday 27 April 2017

The School of Geography & Sustainable Development is now ranked fourth in the UK and 1st in Scotland, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.

SGSD appoint Writer in Residence

Monday 24 April 2017

Congratulations to Esther Rutter, who has been named as the School’s Honorary Writer in Residence.

Sustainable Development celebrates 10 years of Honours teaching

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Staff students and visitors recently gathered in the Forbes Room, Irvine Building to celebrate 10 years of honours Sustainable Development teaching at the University of St Andrews.

SGSD annual staff – student football match

Friday 14 April 2017

The annual staff & postgraduate students (blue) vs undergraduate students (orange) football match was played on the University sports fields and resulted in a closely contested game and 2:1 victory to the undergraduates – our congratulations to the victors!

New research centre to inform housing policy in the UK

Thursday 06 April 2017

The University of St Andrews is a key partner in a new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

Election Results: New Geography Society (2017/18)

Wednesday 05 April 2017

The School wishes to congratulate the recently elected officers of the University of St Andrews Geography Society, following their election at Tuesday’s AGM.

160 Higher Geography pupils visit the School of Geography & Sustainable Development

Tuesday 04 April 2017

Last month the School welcomed 160 Higher Geography Pupils (& their teachers) from across the 18 Fife Secondary Schools for a mini-conference on cutting-edge geography research.

March 2017

SGSD wildlife and wellbeing garden

Friday 31 March 2017

Staff from the School of Geography & Sustainable Development gathered at our Observatory Building yesterday to plan a new wildlife and wellbeing garden.

DGSD students at the Royal Geographical Society, London

Friday 31 March 2017

On Friday 25th of March, Lucy Thomson and Olivia Sutton (2nd year Geography) visited the Royal Geographic Society in London to learn more about what other Geography societies at universities across Britain do to promote Geography and their society.

Urska Demsar gives a keynote address at GIS Ostrava 2017 symposium

Friday 31 March 2017

Urska Demsar gave the keynote address at the International Symposium GIS Ostrava 2017 on "Dynamics in GIscience".

Charles Warren recruiting overseas

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Charles Warren spent a week in South Africa in mid-March promoting St Andrews generally and our Geography & SD programmes specifically.

New SGSD Woodland Initiative Underway

Monday 27 March 2017

On Saturday 25th March we launched our School’s new woodland initiative (please see Issue 1, School Magazine) with the support of Transition and new SGSD Lecturer Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs.

New article in Conservation Biology led by Katy Roucoux and Ian Lawson

Monday 20 March 2017

In an article published this month in the journal Conservation Biology, SGSD lecturers Roucoux, Lawson and colleagues identify and map threats to the recently-described intact peatlands of the Pastaza-Marañón Foreland Basin in north-east Peru, the largest peatland area in Amazonia. They highlight the need to protect these peatlands to avoid future degradation, and identify several key pathways for conservation.

The World Bank, Sustainable Development and St Andrews

Wednesday 08 March 2017

Kirk Hamilton, a leading scholar in the field of Sustainable Development, delivered a seminar to our MSc programme students this week. Dr Hamilton's work as lead economist in the Environment Division of the World Bank has had profound effects on how Sustainable Development is measured globally, and has led to a step change in the incorporation of changes in natural capital into the system of national accounting world-wide.

SGSD hosts workshop for dataARC project

Tuesday 07 March 2017

Richard Streeter along with Tom Dawson (School of History), hosted a workshop in SGSD over the 4th and 5th of March for an NSF-funded project called dataARC.

“Blue Carbon” Scholar wins prestigious fellowship to join SGSD

Thursday 02 March 2017

The School of Geography & Sustainable Development will host a MASTS visiting fellowship.

February 2017

SGSD staff and students support £150,000 grant fund for local sustainability projects

Tuesday 28 February 2017

We are delighted to announce yet again that Transition has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, this year in partnership with St Andrews Botanic Garden and the St Andrews Environment Network.

SGSD launches new Magazine

Tuesday 07 February 2017

In January 2017, the former Department of Geography & Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews achieved the status of a fully-fledged School within the University.

Blue Carbon limits climate change

Friday 03 February 2017

SGSD researchers Craig Smeaton and Bill Austin have contributed to a major commissioned study of Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) network, published today (03/02/2017) by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Sabater and Graham research featured on the Mental Elf site

Wednesday 01 February 2017

Findings from a paper on ageing migrants’ mental health have caught the attention of one of the largest evidence-based healthcare websites.

January 2017

Charles Warren appointed Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Charles Warren has just been appointed as Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

SGSD student Bryony Kershaw awarded Research Assistantship

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Congratulations to one of our fourth year students, Bryony Kershaw, who has been successful in gaining a University of St Andrews Research Assistantship to work with Dr Louise Reid on ‘Linking higher and secondary geography education’.

Fully Funded (3.5 years) PhD project available

Wednesday 14 December 2016

This is a new MASTS CASE award with funding from Marine Scotland + University of St Andrews entitled "A national inventory of sedimentary Blue Carbon for Scotland, UK".

Two PhD studentship opportunities

Friday 23 December 2016

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development invites applications for two PhD studentships.

Newton Bhabha Placement Programme 2016-17

Monday 09 January 2017

The School of Geography & Sustainable Development is very pleased to note that Gunasekaran Kannan (Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India) has been selected for funding by the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government and the British Council to join the Newton Bhabha Placement Programme 2016-17.

Katy Roucoux receives SAGES grant award

Monday 09 January 2017

A new small grant award to Katy Roucoux and Jaime Toney (Glasgow) from SAGES will fund analysis of Amazonian peat samples at the Biomarkers for Environmental and Climate Science (BECS) Laboratory, University of Glasgow.

PhD student Noor Saeed awarded SAGES grant

Monday 09 January 2017

Congratulations to Noor Saeed, a postgraduate in Geography and Sustainable Development who has been awarded a SAGES small grant of £750 for his PhD research activities.

December 2016

ESRC PhD and 1+3 Studentships available

Friday 23 December 2016

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development (DGSD) invites applications for ESRC PhD studentships as part of its membership of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS).

Sabater leads successful co-supervision of PhD student from the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Albert Sabater led the successful co-supervision (with Dr Andreu Domingo) of PhD student Juan Galeano from the Centre for Demographic Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

DGSD School President appointed to the RGS-IBG

Friday 16 December 2016

Congratulations to Abi Whitefield, a third-year DGSD student and School President, who is currently working on a two week internship with the RGS-IBG at their London HQ. Abi is working with the Press and Discovering Britain teams.

Fiona Cox and Alan Marshall deliver the first CALLS Hub webinar

Friday 16 December 2016

Fiona Cox and Alan Marshall delivered the first CALLS Hub webinar this week on the use of census longitudinal studies for research on health inequalities.

Fife Geography Teachers Visit DGSD

Thursday 15 December 2016

Geography teachers from the 18 Fife secondary schools recently participated in a workshop hosted by Louise Reid.

DGSD Postgrad wins place on Natural History Museum Palaeoecology course

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Robert Barbour who has gained a place on the Natural History Museum Palaeoecology short course in January 2017.

DGSD supports Transition University of St Andrews

Friday 09 December 2016

DGSD students were, in 2009, instrumental in setting-up the Transition University of St Andrews movement, part of the UK-based Transition initiative, which has been expanding worldwide over the last 5 years.

School of Geography & Sustainable Development

Thursday 08 December 2016

From the 1st January 2017, the department will be renamed the School of Geography & Sustainable Development.

Public Symposium on Ice, Climate and Sea Level Rise

Wednesday 07 December 2016

Public understanding of the science of climate change is of vital importance, due to the potentially devastating consequences of glacier mass loss and sea-level rise and the need for appropriate planning and mitigation strategies.

Searching for a Rusty Sink

Wednesday 07 December 2016

DGSD researchers, Craig Smeaton and William Austin, in collaboration with Christian Schroeder (University of Stirling, UK) have been awarded one of the first of the new SAGES small grants to investigate the novel concept of a rusty carbon sink in the coastal ocean.

Staff v Postgrads football match

Monday 05 December 2016

A friendly football match was played between PhD students and Staff on the day of School annual Christmas party on Friday 2nd December 2016.

Sustainable Development Society launches on St Andrews Day

Thursday 01 December 2016

Congratulations to DGSD students who launched a new Sustainable Development Society (SD Soc) to coincide with St Andrews Day.

November 2016

Valuing marine ecosystem services

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Nick Hanley gave a presentation on methods for measuring the economic values of marine ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation at the Oil & Gas UK Environmental Seminar held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 29th.

DGSD students working in Loch Creran, Argyll

Monday 28 November 2016

Final year Geography student Rebecca Williamson has recently completed some fieldwork for her dissertation project, sampling marine sediments from Loch Creran in Argyll, Scotland.

Nina Laurie delivers her Inaugural Lecture on 'Geographies of return, identity and development'

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Professor Nina Laurie of the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development delivered her Inaugural Lecture on 'Geographies of return, identity and development'

The 2016 Neil Smith Lecture is available to view online

Monday 21 November 2016

The 2016 Neil Smith Lecture presented by Professor Katherine Gibson is available to view online.

DGSD announce opportunities for two new Lecturers

Thursday 17 November 2016

DGSD is delighted to announce that we are seeking two new Lecturers in Sustainable Development and Demography/Population Geography.

Marshall presents two papers at the Gerontological Society of America Conference

Wednesday 16 November 2016

DGSD lecturer Alan Marshall gave two presentations at the Gerontological Society of America Conference in New Orleans.

GIS Day @ St Andrews

Tuesday 15 November 2016

As part of geography awareness week, St Andrews students and staff participated in GIS day

DGSD Professor "in tune"

Tuesday 08 November 2016

DGSD team announce major international congress: FORAMS2018

Monday 07 November 2016

DGSD staff and students have recently launched the first circular for a major international congress FORAMS2018 which is held every four years and will see between 300-400 researchers in Scotland (Edinburgh and St Andrews) in June 2018.

New St Andrews Glaciology webpages go live!

Friday 04 November 2016

The St Andrews Glaciology webpage is now available to view!

October 2016

Rediscovering Inequalities Conference

Friday 28 October 2016

DGSD staff and students attended an international conference on Rediscovering inequalities this week.

Scotland’s Wonderful West Coast

Tuesday 25 October 2016

DGSD students and staff were aboard the R.V. Calanus last week and enjoyed wonderful autumnal weather.

Dan Clayton appointed to ESRC Peer Review College

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Congratulations to Dr Dan Clayton (DGSD) who has been invited to become a member of the Peer Review College for the ESRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (history, culture, development application pools).

Geography Teacher Training Scholarships

Tuesday 18 October 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting the Royal Geographical Society to run a Geography Teacher Training Scholarship programme for courses beginning in September 2017.

St Leonards Junior School children visit the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development

Thursday 13 October 2016

On Tuesday, 11th October, St Leonards Junior School children paid us a visit.

Field visit to the Highlands

Thursday 13 October 2016

DGSD Honours students visited Glentanar Estate on Royal Deeside to discuss debates surrounding upland land management.

Sustainable Development alumnus talks about local energy

Thursday 13 October 2016

SD alumnus Jennifer Ramsay spoke to Honours and Masters students about energy-related career paths.

CHR hosting one-day event on Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector

Tuesday 11 October 2016

CHR in partnership with the Housing Studies Association are hosting a one-day event on Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector on 17 November 2016, at Parliament Hall.

DGSD Geoinformatics at GIScience 2016 conference

Wednesday 05 October 2016

Dr Jed Long and Dr Urska Demsar recently participated in the GIScience 2016 conference held in Montreal, Canada.

This Changes Everything

Wednesday 05 October 2016

A marathon book reading session was held on Tuesday 4 October to read "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein.

DGSD HoD “on the move”

Tuesday 04 October 2016

DGSD Head of Department Professor Bill Austin has taken to making regular visits to the Department’s Observatory site for PGT education using a scooter – Bill commented that this was the perfect way to get around St Andrews!

Research Cluster launches new website

Monday 03 October 2016

The DGSD Population and Health research cluster has launched its new website and twitter feed.

Fieldwork on the Lomond Hills

Monday 03 October 2016

DGSD staff led our second year Geography students over the slopes of the Lomond Hills, Fife.

September 2106

Geography and Sustainable Development welcomes new research students

Friday 30 September 2016

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development has welcomed its new intake of postgraduate research students at an induction event.

Freshers face Fife wind!

Monday 26 September 2016

DGSD staff and first year students recently climbed the Hill of Tarvit, Fife to study the underlying processes governing landscape evolution.

New CHR Policy Briefing on Immigration Act 2016

Wednesday 14 September 2016

A new policy briefing on the impact of the UK Immigration Act 2016 has been produced by DGSD undergraduate research intern Mariya Simeonova, and Drs Sharon Leahy and Kim McKee.

DGSD graduate wins Energy Geographies Research Group Dissertation Prize

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Emily Ellis, who graduated with a Degree in Geography in June, has been awarded the Energy Geographies Research Group Dissertation Prize for her dissertation on Geographically Weighted Regression of Domestic Heat Demand in Glasgow.

DGSD at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London

Tuesday 06 September 2016

The 2016 Annual International Conference was held in London from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September with a theme of ‘Nexus Thinking’.

Nick Hanley has new article in The Conversation

Monday 05 September 2016

Nick Hanley has had an article published in The Conversation, the online publication which seeks to disseminate academic research findings to a non-specialist audience.

Sabater, Graham and Finney win EAPS Poster Award at the European Population Conference 2016

Monday 05 September 2016

Albert Sabater, Elspeth Graham and Nissa Finney won the Award for the Best Poster Presentation recently at the European Population Conference 2016

August 2016

McKee contributes to new book on ‘The State of Neoliberalism’

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Dr Kim McKee has contributed to a new book entitled: "Der Staat des Neoliberalismus" (the State of Neoliberalism), edited by Thomas Biebricher, a Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt.

DGSD students recognised in the International Undergraduate Awards

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Congratulations to our recent graduates Megan Wadin and Neil Cuthill, and our current senior honours student Lewis Dowle, who have all been recognised as Highly Commended Entrants in The Undergraduate Awards 2016.

Youth Transitions Research Featured in Briefing by the Equality Trust

Monday 08 August 2016

Recent research by the Centre for Housing Research has been featured in a policy briefing by the Equality Trust on housing inequalities in the UK. It draws attention to a country divided by housing wealth, with a particular focus on the affordability challenges facing first-time-buyers.

July 2016

DGSD student wins UK Data Service Dissertation prize

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Geography Honours student Pippa MacNair won the 3rd prize of the UK Data Service Dissertation competition for her work on "A Geospatial Analysis of Obesity Prevalence in Scotland".

CHR Awarded Funding for PRS and Homelessness Event

Wednesday 06 July 2016

CHR researcher Dry Joe Crawford has been awarded a small grant of £995 by the Housing Studies Association to facilitate a one-day event: ‘Homelessness and the Private Rented Sector’, to be held in St Andrews in the Autumn.

CHR wins ESRC Festival of Social Science Event

Monday 04 July 2016

CHR has been successful in applying for an ESRC Festival of Social Science Event. The Festival runs annually and this year will take place between the 2nd and 15th of November. It is designed to provide insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

New CHR Seminar: Exploring new digital methodologies to understand domestic energy practices

Monday 04 July 2016

This is a two-day international seminar to explore new digital/virtual/online methodological approaches in social science, specifically in relation to energy prosumption practices.

DGSD team sample for Harmful Algal Blooms

Friday 01 July 2016

A team of students and staff have recently returned from Loch Ewe, NW Scotland where they have been sampling as part of a BBSRC/NERC-funded research project to study the occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in UK coastal waters.

June 2016

Findlay giving evidence at Westminster

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Professor Allan Findlay is providing evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster on Wednesday 29 June.

Sabater & Graham present paper at Symposium on "Population-level fertility research: State of the art"

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Dr Albert Sabater presented a paper on "Emigration and fertility decline in Spain since the economic recession" (with Elspeth Graham) at the 2nd HFD Symposium on "Population-level fertility research: State of the art"

Graduation 2016

Thursday 23 June 2016

The Department would like to congratulate all our undergraduate and postgraduate students who graduated on June 22nd.

Hanley teaching economists from developing countries in Zurich

Tuesday 21 June 2016

In the two days run-up to the 2016 European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists conference in Zurich, Nick Hanley is teaching a 2-day course for economists from developing countries on Payments for Ecosystem Services.

Research from the CHR featured in Stylist Magazine

Friday 10 June 2016

Research from the Centre for Housing Research (McKee, Hoolachan and Soaita) in collaboration with the University of Sheffield (Moore) was featured in an article in Stylist Magazine: Forever Young - how the housing market is delaying adulthood.

3rd edition of Key Methods in Geography now available

Tuesday 07 June 2016

The 3rd edition of Key Methods in Geography (published by Sage) is now available and Alan Marshall has contributed a chapter titled 'Quantitative modelling in human geography'.

Three-year fully-funded (+3) SGSS PhD studentship on small area demographic forecasting

Monday 06 June 2016

Potential PhD students holding a Masters in a quantitative social science discipline are warmly encouraged to apply for this exciting and prestigious three-year PhD studentship funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences (SGSSS).

Warren joins The Conversation

Wednesday 01 June 2016

Charles Warren has had an article published in The Conversation, the online publication which seeks to disseminate academic research findings to a non-specialist audience.

May 2016

DGSD postgraduate student chaired sessions at SGSSS student led symposium

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Noor Saeed, a second year PhD student at DGSD is currently a student representative for the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS).

McKee contributes to new book on ‘Governmentality After Neoliberalism’

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Dr Kim McKee, Senior Lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development has contributed to a new edited collection entitled: Governmentality After Neoliberalism.

April 2016

DGSD students and staff lead community beach clean-up

Friday 29 April 2016

To mark the end of a hectic second semester, students (honours and postgraduates) and staff from DGSD gathered on the East Sands beach this week for a Departmental BBQ and beach clean-up during a window of glorious spring sunshine!

DGSD lecturer celebrates ERC award

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Congratulations to Dr Darja Reuschke, who attended this week's annual awards, prizes and fellowships dinner with colleagues from across the University of St Andrews.

DGSD field class in Galway

Monday 25 April 2016

DGSD staff & JH students enjoyed a successful field class in Galway over several days in April.

SD field class at The Burn

Friday 22 April 2016

SD honours students enjoyed an intensive 3 day field class at The Burn where they presented their group research projects (whilst also finding time to test out the tandem bikes and swim in the North Esk River!

New 2nd year Geography field trip launched

Thursday 21 April 2016

Over the weekend of April 15-17 a group of staff took the 2nd year Geography class to the stunning West Highlands.

DGSD PhD student chairs session at European Geosciences Union 2016 in Vienna

Thursday 21 April 2016

DGSD NERC-funded PhD student, Craig Smeaton, was co-convener of a full-day session of talks at the European Geosciences Union 2016 General Assembly in Vienna, Austria this week.

Importance of housing and neighbourhood resources

Monday 18 April 2016

A new study investigates the importance of housing and neighbourhood resources for microbusinesses using a random sample of microbusinesses in Edinburgh (UK) including those that are informal and home-based.

Published accolade for Colin Ballantyne

Friday 15 April 2016

The April 2016 edition of the Scottish Geographical Journal celebrates the career of Professor Colin Ballantyne.

CHR Researchers Present at Housing Studies Conference

Wednesday 13 April 2016

DGSD staff, based within the Centre for Housing Research: Kim McKee, Joe Crawford and Jenny Hoolachan, attended the annual Housing Studies Association conference in York earlier this month.

DGSD students and St Andrews Geography Society members at the Royal Geographical Society

Friday 08 April 2016

During Spring Break two members from the University of St Andrews Geography Society visited the Royal Geographical Society, London to partake in a GeogSoc Conference with several other Universities (Aberdeen, Oxford, Sussex etc).

Hoolachan Presents at Rural Housing Scotland Conference

Wednesday 06 April 2016

Jenny Hoolachan (CHR research assistant) presented a jointly written presentation (with Kim McKee) at the annual Rural Housing Scotland conference in Perth, Friday 26th February on their ongoing work on the issue of ‘Generation Rent’.

McKee Introduces GWSF’s Manifesto for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections

Wednesday 06 April 2016

Dr Kim McKee was invited to write the introduction to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Association's (GWSF) manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

March 2016

Sabater participates in workshop in Brasilia, Brazil

Monday 21 March 2016

Albert Sabater participates in the workshop “Longitudinal Studies and its Application in Social Policy” on 7-8 March in Brasilia, Brazil.

Staff v students football match

Monday 07 March 2016

The annual DGSD staff/graduate – vs – undergraduate football match took place on Friday 4th March.

The Northern Lights shine over St Andrews

Monday 07 March 2016

On the evening of 6 March a high-speed solar wind sparked a geomagnetic storm that has made northern lights appear at lower latitudes all over Europe, including Scotland.

DGSD postgraduate wins SAGES award

Friday 04 March 2016

Congratulations to Craig Smeaton (3rd year NERC-funded PhD student in DGSD), who has secured a SAGES+ (PECRE) award of £2,650 to visit the University of Florida to work with Thomas Bianchi on “Blue Carbon”.

I’m a Geographer: Get me out of here!

Thursday 03 March 2016

St Andrews Geography Society recently hosted an evening of pizza, refreshments and fun – providing the perfect opportunity for students to quiz DGSD staff in an informal and relaxed setting.

St Leonard's and Geography & Sustainable Development PhD studentships

Wednesday 02 March 2016

St Leonard’s College and the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development (DGSD) at the University of St Andrews is offering fully funded, three-year PhD research studentships for entry in September 2016.

DGSD student awarded Internship in Research and Leadership

Wednesday 02 March 2016

Many congratulations to Shashank Manjunath (Junior Honours Geography) who has been awarded one of the University’s Laidlaw Undergraduate Internships in Research and Leadership, for summer 2016, to work with Dr Eoin McLaughlin.

Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas

Tuesday 01 March 2016

Dr Tim Stojanovic, lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development and Professor Deborah Peel (a leading UK planning theorist) - along with a team of Scottish academics – have been awarded £22k worth of funding from the Scottish Universities Insight Initiative.

February 2016

DGSD student awarded Internship in Research and Leadership

Monday 29 February 2016

Many congratulations to Alice Watson (Junior Honours Geography) who has been awarded one of the University’s Laidlaw Undergraduate Internships in Research and Leadership, for summer 2016, to work with Dr Dan Clayton.

New JRF Housing report

Wednesday 24 February 2016

The study investigates work incentives and disincentives of housing of people and households in poverty in the UK. It shows multiple ways in which housing shapes people’s work choices and opportunities including commuting/transport costs and housing tenure.

International student recruitment in South Africa

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Charles Warren, the Admissions Officer for DGSD, joined staff from International Admissions for a recruitment visit to South Africa in early February.

McCollum & Finney at St Andrews Foreign Affairs Conference

Tuesday 09 February 2016

Geography lecturers Dr David McCollum and Dr Nissa Finney both gave talks at the well-attended St Andrews Foreign Affairs Conference on Saturday 6th February 2016.

Kim McKee interviewed for Herald Magazine Feature on Social Housing in Scotland

Tuesday 09 February 2016

Dr Kim McKee (Senior Lecturer, DGSD) was interviewed for a feature in the Herald Magazine on the changing role of social housing in Scotland.

Valuing Nature Network award for ecological-economics work in coastal management

Friday 05 February 2016

Coastal sedimentary habitats support an array of economically valuable ecosystem services, including regulatory functions such as carbon cycling or pollutant amelioration. In addition, the aesthetic value and health benefits of coastal systems are often ignored and/or under estimated. The provision of coastal services is under threat from both environmental and anthropogenic impacts that are likely to alter provisioning for the future.

Geography and Sustainable Development Careers Day

Friday 05 February 2016

An event was held in Parliament Hall at the University of St Andrews, where university alumni gave briefings to over 100 students, on career prospects and how they have faired as alumni in their respective fields.

January 2016

DGSD partnership in new £10M investment plans for marine laboratories

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Recently announced plans by the acting Principal, Professor Garry Taylor, will see new investment (£10M) for marine laboratories at the University of St Andrews through the DGSD partnership within the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI).

New Head of Department appointed

Monday 18 January 2016

Professor William Austin has been appointed as the new Head of Department (DGSD) and co-Head of School (SGG).

Sabater article selected for PopDigests

Tuesday 05 January 2016

An article by Dr Albert Sabater is selected by the Board of Governors of Population Europe for PopDigests.

December 2015

New Professor of Geography

Thursday 17 December 2015

Congratulations to Professor William Austin (acting Head of Department, DGSD), who was recently inducted as a 'new' professor during the St Andrews Day graduation ceremony, the very last to be presided over by Principal Louise Richardson before her departure to the University of Oxford as their new Vice-Chancellor.

McKee Co-Organises ‘Decentring Urban Governance’ Workshop at UC Berkeley

Monday 14 December 2015

Dr Kim McKee co-organised a workshop on ‘Decentring Urban Governance’ at the University of California, Berkeley (4 December). She was invited to jointly organise this event by Professor Mark Bevir from the Centre for British Studies at the University; he is a world leading scholar on governance with expertise in Politics and Public Policy.

MSc Student meets FCO Minister at Commonwealth Youth Forum

Thursday 10 December 2015

Postgraduate Sustainable Development student Stefan Rickford Knights received a CAPOD funding award to present at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta, which was held between the 21st and 25th of November.

Carbon stock estimates underpin major new conservation project in Peru

Wednesday 02 December 2015

Work co-authored by DGSD members Katy Roucoux and Ian Lawson (Draper et al. 2014), has been used to provide the science basis – the carbon stock estimates for a large area of peatland in northern Peru – for a major new $6 million conservation project.

The 2015 Neil Smith Lecture is available to view online

Thursday 12 December 2013

The 2015 Neil Smith Lecture presented by Professor Shiloh Krupar on Operational Banality: Medical Geographies of Administration and the Biopolitical Grotesque is available to view online.

November 2015

McKee delivers Keynote at GWSF Housing Conference on ‘Community Anchor’ Potential

Friday 27 November 2015

Dr Kim McKee delivered a keynote presentation at Glasgow and the West of Scotland Forum of Housing Association’s (GWSF) annual conference, 20th November, in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. GWSF are a membership organisation for Scotland’s community-controlled housing association movement.

McKee Chairs Holyrood Event on Scotland’s Private Rented Sector

Friday 27 November 2015

Dr Kim McKee was invited to Chair a recent Holyrood Event on Scotland’s Private Rented Sector on the 24th November in Edinburgh.

I-power event: workshop & seminar

Monday 23 November 2015

The Institute for Population, Wellbeing & Environment Research (I-POWER) are pleased to announce a workshop & seminar on Wednesday 2 December 2015 in the Forbes Room, Irvine Building

New PhD opportunities available

Friday 20 November 2015

Interested in a fully-funded PhD project at the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews?

DGSD graduate wins dissertation prize

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 graduate James Cave on winning this year's BSG Majorie Sweeting Dissertation award.

DGSD hosts a "GIS Day"

Monday 16 November 2015

"A GIS Day" on 13 November organised by Dr Jed Long and Dr Urska Demsar (DGSD) was well attended by students and staff from various departments.

Housing researchers visit new Guardbridge affordable housing development

Monday 16 November 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Housing Research (McKee, Crawford, Hoolachan and Ellsworth-Krebs) visited a new affordable housing development in Guardbridge on 11th November.

McKee Joins Editorial Board of Housing Theory and Society

Monday 16 November 2015

Dr Kim McKee has joined the editorial board of Housing, Theory & Society.

DGSD student awarded Principal's scholarship for Academic Excellence

Monday 16 November 2015

Congratulations to our 4th year student Laura Wigley, who was awarded the Principal's scholarship for Academic Excellence this week.

McKee and Hoolachan Present at JHI

Wednesday 04 November 2015

DGSD Senior Lecturer Kim McKee, and Research Assistant Jenny Hoolachan, presented their emerging work on ‘Generation Rent’ in a Scottish context at an invited seminar at the James Hutton Institute.

October 2015

Maarten van Ham edits book on Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities. East meets West

Monday 19 October 2015

Professor Maarten van Ham has produced a new book entitled Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities. East meets West.

Report Finds Scotland needs 12,000 New Affordable Homes A Year

Monday 19 October 2015

The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered according to a new report co-authored by DGSD Senior Lecturer Dr Kim McKee.

DGSD goes Coast to Coast

Monday 19 October 2015

St Andrews students taking the DGSD honours module COASTS have recently returned from an early October weekend field class to Oban and the Isle of Kerrera on the Scottish West Coast.

How to assess impact

Monday 19 October 2015

Our Masters students in Sustainable Development and Energy all took part in a workshop on environmental impact assessment and new approaches towards sustainability assessment.

Geography and Sustainable Development welcomes new research students

Tuesday 06 October 2015

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development has welcomed its new postgraduate research students.

DGSD graduate wins dissertation prize

Tuesday 06 October 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduand George King and his supervisor Dr David McCollum on winning this year's RGS-IBG Population Geography Research Group Joanna Stillwell Undergraduate Dissertation Prize.

McKee delivers Keynote at Scottish Senior Officer’s Event

Friday 02 October 2015

Dr Kim McKee delivered a keynote presentation at the 2015 Scottish Senior Officer's Event in North Lanarkshire on the 1st October 2015.

Dan Clayton and Charles Warren produce special issue of SGJ

Thursday 01 October 2015

As the new co-editors of the Scottish Geographical Journal, Dan Clayton and Charles Warren have produced a virtual special issue of the journal on the theme of 'Mountains' to coincide with the international conference taking place in Perth on 'Mountains of our Future Earth', 4-9 October 2015 .

Fabulous Fife: A Geography "field classroom" on the doorstep of St Andrews!

Thursday 01 October 2015

DGSD staff (Bill Austin, Ian Lawson, Richard Streeter and Charles Warren) were in the field again this week, guiding our second year Geography students (module GG2011) over the slopes of the Lomond Hills, Fife.

Althea Davies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Thursday 01 October 2015

Althea Davies spent two weeks in last August working with Prof Jens-Christian Svenning in the Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity group at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

September 2015

McCauley leads debate at World Energy Council

Friday 25 September 2015

The future of global energy systems is highly uncertain with the increasing disruptive forces of new Renewable technologies confronted by innovation in the fossil fuel and uranium industries. Whilst population is set to continue to grow, the scarcity of resources mantra is under threat.

Generational shift in housing aspirations

Friday 25 September 2015

An emerging gap between the housing aspirations of younger and older households is highlighted in a new report commissioned by the Scottish Government published today (Friday September 25).

Blue Carbon success for DGSD researchers

Monday 21 September 2015

Congratulations to Craig Smeaton (a second-year NERC-funded PhD student, DGSD) and Bill Austin (Professor of Geography, DGSD), who have successfully won a tender with SRSL, a specialist marine consultancy company.

From the Arctic to Istanbul

Friday 18 September 2015

Robert Rehner begins working on an ambitious joint collaboration between the Arctic Research Centre (ARC)-International Energy Justice Council (IEJC)-UN Development Programme (UNDP).

2015 Nuffield Research Placements Celebrated

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Congratulations to Rebecca Brown Cooper (Balwearie High School, Fife) who successfully completed a Nuffield Foundation research placement in DGSD over the summer 2015, working alongside Professor Bill Austin.

McKee new Managing Editor of Housing Studies

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Dr Kim McKee has become Managing Editor of the journal of Housing Studies.

Calling Citizen Scientists: New Light on Climate Change

Monday 14 September 2015

Would you like to contribute to a citizen science project and help to create a new, globally accessible record of coastal temperature data?

Class Representative Elections

Monday 07 September 2015

Class Representative Elections will be held on Week 2 of term, please contact our new School President, Nicholas Wells, if you are interested in standing.

Volcanic ash from Mt St Helens 35 years later

Tuesday 01 September 2015

St Andrews lecturer Dr Richard Streeter has recently returned from Washington state, US, where he was working on volcanic ash deposits from the 1980 eruption of Mt St Helens.

August 2015

Research team engages with aquaculture industry

Monday 31 August 2015

St Andrews and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) researchers have recently returned from the Shetland Isles, following the completion of field sampling for a new BBSRC/NERC-funded project led by Professor Bill Austin.

Geography lecturer takes part in Festival of Politics debate on migration

Tuesday 18 August 2015

On Sunday 16th August Dr David McCollum participated in a debate on migration as part of the Festival of Politics, a three day event hosted annually by the Scottish Parliament which seeks to promote lively interaction between people and politics.

McKee Contributes to Affordable Housing Debate

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Dr Kim McKee, and colleagues from Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield Universities, presented findings from their research on affordable housing need at a roundtable discussion of key Scottish housing experts on the 11th August.

DGSD research student presents his PhD research in San Diego

Tuesday 04 August 2015

First year PhD student Noor Saeed presented his PhD research on "Analysis of geographical variations of morbidity and mortality across Scotland" at the biggest GIS user conference in San Diego Convention Center, (California, US), organised by ESRI (Environment Systems Research Institute).

Enhancing health and wellbeing through increasing golf participation

Tuesday 04 August 2015

The GoGolf Europe project is funded by the European Commission to explore how to increase access to and participation in golf, as a means of enhancing health and wellbeing; particularly in young people.

July 2015

DGSD partners in £1.5 million funding for SAGES+

Monday 13 July 2015

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) have announced a new matched-funding package of up to £1,500,000 to support the continuation of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES). SAGES+ will run for six years, from 2015 to 2020, to develop and support research networks that address emerging scientific and societal challenges and to help its researchers secure UK, EU and other international funding.

Workshop on UK Population Change and Housing Across the Life Course

Thursday 09 July 2015

This ESRC workshop took place in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development during the 16-17 June 2015.

June 2015

Charles Warren appointed as advisor to SNH

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Dr Charles Warren has been appointed to an expert panel to advise Scottish Natural Heritage on a range of issues concerning deer management and upland land use.

Housing Generation Rent in Scotland - report launched

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market, with those on low and insecure incomes vulnerable and at potential risk of homelessness, according to a new report from the University of St Andrews.

31 years of glacier change in Iceland

Wednesday 10 June 2015

In early June, during the 3rd year Geography field course in south Iceland, Dr Charles Warren was able to document dramatic shrinkage of Solheimajökull glacier.

Best of the Best

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Congratulations to DGSD alumnus Christine McKenna (BSc Geography/Mathematics, 2014) who was awarded the Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize at the Royal Geographical Society's recent Medals celebration.

Professor Colin Ballantyne's research celebrated

Tuesday 09 June 2015

A recent celebration of research was held to honour DGSD Professor of Physical Geography - Colin Ballantyne - who retired from the Department on 31 January 2015, after 35 years of service at the University of St Andrews.

The Guardian rates DGSD as the best geography department in the UK

Monday 08 June 2015

The Guardian University Guide 2016 ranks DGSD top in the UK for geography departments. The University of St Andrews was placed 3rd in the UK and the only Scottish university in the top 15 of the 119 universities ranked.

DGSD field course in Southern Iceland

Monday 08 June 2015

Undergraduate students in Geography enjoyed a week long field course in southern Iceland last week (28th May- 4th June).

Sabater Presents at the EU COST Network Training School INTERFASOL at Keele

Monday 08 June 2015

Dr Albert Sabater delivered a presentation on “Upward Health Transfers in Europe” (co-authored with Professor Elspeth Graham) at the EU COST Network Training School INTERFASOL at the University of Keele. Albert’s presentation encouraged participants to think about the benefits of children’s education for parents’ health, providing evidence of how education acts as a family-level resource in the European context.

May 2015

The Dorothy McKinney Travel Bursaries

Friday 22 May 2015

Each year, through the Dorothy McKinney fund, we have the privilege to offer our human geography students a travel stipend to complete human geography research outside of Scotland.

The ARC presents their contribution of Energy Justice at the Arctic Science Summit Week in Japan

Friday 15 May 2015

At the end of April the International Arctic Science Committee held the ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) in the year of the Committee’s 25th anniversary in Toyama, Japan.

McKee Presents at Front-Line Housing Event

Thursday 14 May 2015

Dr Kim McKee (Director, CHR), delivered a session on 'Social Housing Futures' at an event for front-line housing staff in Lanarkshire.

First Aid training for DGSD staff and postgraduates

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Academic staff and research postgraduates recently completed an intensive, competency based, two-day fieldwork/outdoor First Aid course which was delivered by Marlin Training.

DGSD Postgraduate Annual Conference 2015

Tuesday 12 May 2015

PGR's from the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development hosted their annual conference, a full day event with 16 presentations, organised by postgraduate reps Liam O’Brien and Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs.

A rapidly changing North Atlantic

Friday 01 May 2015

European marine scientists met at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), near Oban, this week to mark the 40th year of a regular oceanographic monitoring programme along the 'Ellett Line' in the North Atlantic.

April 2015

DGSD Staff Away Day 2015

Monday 27 April 2015

Staff from the Department enjoyed a recent away day to The Burn House, Edzell, which was led by Erwin Lai (2nd from right, back row) of CAPOD.

DGSD staff member joins “The Keepers of Time”

Thursday 23 April 2015

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has been invited to join the International Calibration (IntCal) Working Group as it builds the next global radiocarbon calibration database and curve for the atmosphere and oceans.

CHR Researchers Present at HSA Conference

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Housing Research presented at the 2015 Housing Studies Association annual conference, which was held at the University of York 8-10 April.

Katy Roucoux lectures at the Society for Tropical Ecology in Zurich

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Katy Roucoux, Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, attended the Annual Meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology at ETH Zurich (7-10 April 2015), entitled: Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems – Future Challenges and Opportunities.

DGSD student named 2014 RSGS Walton Prize recipient

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Congratulations to Christine McKenna (BSc Geography/Mathematics) who has been named the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Walton Prize winner for 2014.

DGSD students at Glen Tanar Estate

Monday 13 April 2015

Students on the Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy MSc programmes enjoying spring sunshine while debating management challenges with the head ranger on Glen Tanar Estate.

Robert Macpherson awarded Robertson Postgraduate Scholarship

Tuesday 07 April 2015

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development is delighted to announce the award of the Robertson Postgraduate Scholarship. The 2014/15 award has been made to Robert Macpherson in support of his doctoral research on 'Immigrant integration and the Global recession'.

Professorial vacancies in DGSD

Friday 03 April 2015

The Department of Geography & Sustainable Development is pleased to announce vacancies in both Environmental Geography and Human Geography.

Charles Warren lectures in Colorado

Wednesday 01 April 2015

DGSD's Admissions Officer, Charles Warren, gave a public lecture in Denver on March 21st on the positive and negative impacts of glaciers on society.

March 2015

New Light on Climate Change

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Congratulations to Bill Austin and Sarah Hughes (Marine Scotland Science) on receiving funding support from MASTS.

Doug Benn discusses Arctic sea ice on ITN News

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Doug Benn, Professor in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development discusses his research about calving glaciers in Svalbard.

CHR presentation as part of the Scottish Government Climate Change Seminar Series

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Dr Louise Reid and PhD student, Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, have been invited to present their work on domestic energy prosumption as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Seminar Series (on 25th March 2015).

New Briefing Paper on Devolution, Localism and Social Housing

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Dr Jenny Muir and Dr Kim McKee have published the third and final briefing paper arising from the Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy ESRC funded seminar series.

ESRC collaborative studentship success for CHR

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Louise Reid and Kim McKee have won a prestigious ESRC collaborative PhD studentship award with Dr Mags Currie and Dr Kate Irvine from the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.

Scottish Postgraduate Research Collaboration Network Extended

Tuesday 17 March 2015

William Austin (DGSD) will join a team of supervisors from the Edinburgh Earth and Environment (E3) Doctoral Training Partnership, that will see Christina Larkin (currently working on her MSc at the University of Cambridge with David Hodell) take-up a PhD at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) this autumn.

PhD student from DGSD selected for the 2015 ESRI User Conference as a Student Assistant

Tuesday 17 March 2015

A first year PhD student from the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, Noor Saeed, has been selected for the 2015 ESRI User Conference (UC) as a Student Assistant.

ERC Starting Grant 2014 WORKANDHOME

Thursday 12 March 2015

Dr Darja Reuschke and team were awarded a €1.5 Mio ERC Starting Grant: Reshaping society and space: home-based self-employment and businesses (WORKANDHOME). This is the first ever ERC Starting Grant in DGSD.

Vienna Calling

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Congratulations to Craig Smeaton, a NERC-funded PhD in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, who has been awarded a travel fund by the Challenger Society for Marine Science.

Friends of the Foraminifera gather in St Andrews

Thursday 05 March 2015

Bill Austin, Reader in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, hosted a training workshop on Foraminiferal taxonomy for European researchers this week (2-3 March).

BBSRC/NERC Sustainable Aquaculture: New Research Grant Award to DGSD

Tuesday 03 March 2015

Congratulations to Bill Austin, Eileen Bresnan (Marine Scotland Science) and Keith Davidson (SAMS) who have been awarded a BBSRC/NERC research grant for their project "Toxic algae and sea-loch sediments: A novel investigation to understand the influence of climate change on harmful algal blooms and aquaculture". The award has been approved under the joint BBSRC/NERC Sustainable Aquaculture programme.

February 2015

CHR Hosts Supporting People Event

Tuesday 24 February 2015

The Centre for Housing Research (CHR), University of St Andrews hosted a Supporting People: Client Records & Outcome Networking and Training event in the ICOSS Building, University of Sheffield on 19th February 2015. Supporting People (SP) was a funding programme launched by the New Labour government in 2003 to fund, plan and monitor housing-related support which helps vulnerable client groups live independently. In England the ring-fence for this funding pot was removed in 2009, and austerity measures have further created a difficult operating environment for local authorities tasked with meeting the often complex support needs of vulnerable and low-income households.

Colin Ballantyne awarded the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society of London

Friday 20 February 2015

Congratulations to Professor Colin Ballantyne of the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development who has been awarded the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society of London.

CHR Event on 'Deconstructing Generation Rent'

Friday 20 February 2015

The theme of ‘Deconstructing Generation Rent’ was the focus of a seminar held at the University of Sheffield on 13th February 2015.

DGSD research in the media

Friday 06 February 2015

New research by Dr Darja Reuschke, a lecturer at the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, shows that half of all Scottish businesses are based in the home.

DGSD student wins award for her honours dissertation in Geography

Wednesday 04 February 2015

Congratulations to Emma Hutchings on winning the 2014 Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Dissertation Prize awarded by the journal "Children's geographies". The prize judges rated the dissertation as "outstanding".

January 2015

DGSD hosts the Scottish Migrants Network

Thursday 29 January 2015

On Wednesday 28th January the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development hosted a meeting of the Scottish Migrants Network.

ScotGov Project on Housing Aspirations

Thursday 22 January 2015

Researchers from the Universities of St Andrews and Sheffield, led by Dr Kim McKee, have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake in-depth qualitative research on the housing aspirations of people in Scotland.

New Project on Affordable Housing Need

Thursday 22 January 2015

Researchers from the Universities of St Andrews, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam, have been commissioned by Shelter Scotland, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland to develop a pan Scotland assessment of affordable housing need.

The 2014 Neil Smith Lecture is available to view online

Thursday 12 December 2013

The 2014 Neil Smith Lecture presented by Professor Don Mitchell on The Tight Dialectic: The Anthropocene and the Capitalist Production of Nature is available to view online.

December 2014

Major NERC-funding award to St Andrews and Belfast researchers

Tuesday 23 December 2014

A new NERC-funded project REIMAGINATION (REconstructing and understanding the IMplications of surface 14C AGe changes In the North Atlantic for overturning circulation) will see researchers from Scotland and Northern Ireland working together.

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results

Thursday 18 December 2014

The School of Geography and Geosciences is delighted to announce that it was ranked 5th in the UK of 74 Units assessed by the 2014 Unit of Assessment Panel for Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology.

McKee Interviewed by The National on Private Rented Sector

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Dr Kim McKee, was interviewed by Peter Geoghegan for a front-page feature on problems in Scotland's Private Rented Sector: Rising Rents and Falling Standards Bring Misery, published 16th December.

How pro-immigration attitudes in Scotland should affect the decisions of policymakers

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Dr David McCollum, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development has recently had an article published in 'Britain in 2015' - the ESRC magazine on how scientific research influences life in Britain.

New studentship opportunity in 'SHOW – health Smart Homes for Older peoples’ Wellbeing’

Tuesday 18 November 2014

A new PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

McKee presents at UC Berkeley Conference on Governmentality

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Dr Kim McKee presented her research on: “Social Housing and the ‘New Localism’ – a response to the crisis in the neo-liberal project?” at an invitation only conference held at the University of California, Berkeley, 5 December 2014.

The Problem of Generation Rent: new blog by McKee

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Dr Kim McKee and Dr Tom Moore have published a new blog.

Deconstructing ‘Generation Rent’: a one-day seminar

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Papers are invited for a one-day seminar that discusses the interrelated issues of young people’s housing options and future welfare.

November 2014

DGSD Staff and Research Postgraduates at The Burn

Friday 28 November 2014

Staff and Postgraduates from the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development were at The Burn this week for the annual SAGES graduate School retreat.

Centre for Population Change research collaboration with Universities of Neuchatel and Bern

Friday 28 November 2014

Professor Yvonne Riano and Annique Lombard (Universities of Neuchatel and Bern) visited ESRC's Centre for Population Change between 25th and 27th November to establish a research collaboration with Allan Findlay and Helen Packwood (St Andrews).

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership

Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership is founded thanks to the generous donation from The Rt Hon Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, an honorary graduate of the University.

DGSD PhD student wins this year’s HSA Valerie Karn memorial prize

Thursday 20 November 2014

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is the winner of this year’s Housing Studies Association Valerie Karn memorial prize for the best paper by an early career housing academic.

CHR involved in Scotland’s Parliament Week Events

Friday 14 November 2014

CHR are involved in a programme of events and activities that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.

McKee Joins ESRC Peer Review College

Friday 14 November 2014

Dr Kim McKee has joined the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) peer review college as one of its experts on social policy and urban geography.

CHR Launches Open Access ‘Briefings’

Friday 14 November 2014

To support its commitment to knowledge exchange and applied research, the Centre for Housing Research has launched ‘CHR Briefings’.

DGSD student wins national prize for her honours dissertation in Geography

Friday 14 November 2014

Caitlin Aylward, who graduated in May 2014, has won second place in the Joanna Stillwell Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in population geography across the UK.

October 2014

Video of DGSD staff and PhD students involved in Kindrogan Residential Fieldcourse

Wednesday 29 October 2014

The video was shot at the 2014 Kindrogan Residential Fieldcourse in September. Kindrogan is an annual event which brings together staff and PhD students from the Geography departments at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews.

McKee Launches new Critical Urbanist’s Blog

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development launches a new blog.

CHR Launches New Strategy

Monday 27 October 2014

Following the appointment of Drs Kim McKee and Louise Reid as CHR’s new Directors, the centre has published its revised strategy for 2014-16.

McKee Urges EVH Delegates to Capitalise on Indyref

Thursday 09 October 2014

In an invited presentation to the Employer’s in Voluntary Housing (EVH) annual conference, held in Crieff 3-5 October, Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, urged delegates from across the social housing sector to capitalise on the renewed interest in policy and politics driven by the Scottish independence referendum debate.

DGSD welcomes new research postgraduates

Thursday 09 October 2014

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development welcomes its new research postgraduates during an induction day in the Irvine Building.

New Publication – Volcanic Ash in the Marine Environment

Tuesday 07 October 2014

William Austin, Reader in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development is lead editor of a new book published this month.

Fantastic Fife Fieldwork

Friday 03 October 2014

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development first and second year students were out enjoying the wonderful autumn weather in late September.

September 2014

Workshop promotes new European research collaboration

Monday 22 September 2014

William Austin (DGSD) hosted a workshop at St Andrews last week (18/19 September) to discuss the next generation training opportunities for European micropalaeontologists engaged in the oil, gas and environment sector.

Kim McKee writes guest blog for Shelter Scotland

Thursday 18 September 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development was invited to write a guest blog for Shelter Scotland on our national obsession with house prices.

Streeter & Davies join virtual institute: Centre for Archaeology, Technology and Cultural Heritage (CATCH)

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dr Richard Streeter and Dr Althea Davies, lecturers in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development are part of an exciting new virtual institute across the university.

Marine Science Community name DGSD student dissertation the best in UK

Friday 12 September 2014

Congratulations to Christine McKenna (BSc Geography/Mathematics) and 2014 Edwards Prize recipient in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development who has received the tripartite prize for the UK's best final year undergraduate dissertation in Marine Science 2014.

DGSD scientist comments on extreme winter weather

Wednesday 10 September 2014

William Austin, Reader in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, provides comment and a Scottish perspective in today’s (10th September 2014) edition of The Herald.

DGSD student at MASTS conference

Thursday 04 September 2014

Geography and Sustainable Development graduate Christine McKenna presented results from her undergraduate dissertation work at Heriot Watt University.

McKee Edits Special Issue in Housing Theory and Society

Thursday 04 September 2014

A special journal issue of Housing Theory and Society edited by Dr Kim McKee has been published: “The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy: recasting state-citizen relations in an age of austerity”. It features papers by Professor John Flint (University of Sheffield); Professor Keith Jacobs (University of Tasmania); Dr Tony Manzi (University of Westminster); and a co-authored paper by Dr Peter Matthews (University of Stirling), Professor Glen Bramley (Heriot-Watt University) and Professor Annette Hastings (University of Glasgow).

Migration expert on Sunday Politics Scotland

Monday 01 September 2014

Dr David McCollum, lecturer in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, appeared on the current affairs programme Sunday Politics Scotland on 31st August to discuss issues relating to immigration and the Scottish independence debate.

August 2014

DGSD staff in Iceland

Friday 29 August 2014

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development staff Richard Streeter and William Austin are currently in south Iceland preparing for next years undergraduate field trip.

Gabrielle Macdonald wins Scottish Amateur Champion and selected for Scotland

Thursday 28 August 2014

Congratulations to DGSD undergraduate student Gabrielle Macdonald on winning the Scottish Amateur Golf Championship and being selected to represent Scotland.

2014 National Student Surveys rates Geography best department in the UK

Monday 19 August 2013

The 2014 National Student Surveys has ranked Human and Social Geography in first place amongst UK geography departments for student satisfaction for the second year running.

McKee Featured in University Open Access Blog

Friday 08 August 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development was featured in the University library’s recent blog.

New arrivals in the Environmental Geography group

Thursday 07 August 2014

The start of August saw the arrival of new lecturers Ian Lawson and Katy Roucoux in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development.

David McCollum on Scottish independence

Tuesday 05 August 2014

Dr David McCollum, lecturer in migration studies in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, has written a chapter in a new book which seeks to help voters make an informed choice in the September 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.

July 2014

Congratulations to DGSD MSc student, Gerardo Zarazua

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Congratulations to Sustainable Development MSc student Gerardo Zarazua for winning a competition to visit offshore wind farms.

New studentship opportunity in The Social Science of Coasts

Tuesday 29 April 2014

A new PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

Sun, Sea and Sand for DGSD Intern

Monday 28 July 2014

The Department has recently hosted Leonie Strobl from the European School of Varese, Italy. Leonie (17) joined Dr Austin's research group for her month-long stay at the University of St Andrews and has been assisting with palaeoclimate research projects. This coming December, Leonie intends to make her University application choices - Geography being one of her main subject preferences.

Charles Warren awarded an EU grant for a COST Action entitled 'Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY)'

Monday 28 July 2014

Charles Warren is a member of a European consortium which has recently been awarded an EU grant for a COST Action entitled 'Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY)'. The likely final value of the award is 600,000 Euros.

Housing ‘Generation Rent’

Tuesday 01 July 2014

Dr Kim McKee, Director of the Centre for Housing Research has secured a small research grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to explore the phenomenon of ‘Generation Rent’ in the Scottish context.

June 2014

How are Scottish Local Authorities dealing with immigration policy?

Thursday 26 June 2014

New research has been released today examining how Local Authorities in Scotland plan for and respond to international migration. With the Scottish Government making it clear that it is keen to attract migrants to Scotland, this research looks at the Local Authorities’ responses in terms of service provision and community integration.

Richard Streeter in S.W. USA and Iceland

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Richard Streeter has recently returned from two international trips, one to Iceland and one to south-western USA.

Two fully-funded MASTS graduate school PhD studentships

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Two fully-funded MASTS graduate school PhD studentship are now available.

St Andrews Geographer scores a Hat-trick!

Wednesday 18 June 2014

William Austin and friends have recently completed a hat-trick of international workshops and conferences.

Three-year fully-funded studentship available

Tuesday 06 May 2014

New PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

Eco-Warriors rethinking Scotland’s energy supply

Monday 02 June 2014

Nearly 120 S2 pupils presented their group-work ideas on “How should Scotland/UK supply electricity to the population in the year 2050?” during a day of presentations at the Waid Academy.

May 2014

The Dorothy McKinney Travel Fund

Monday 26 May 2014

Each year, through the Dorothy McKinney fund, we have the privilege to offer our human geography students a travel stipend to complete human geography research outside Scotland.

McKee featured in ‘The Evidence’

Thursday 08 May 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development, introduced issue 10 of The Evidence, a practitioner focused publication produced by the Housing Quality Network (HQN).

New studentship opportunity in Entrepreneurial Ambition and Firm Growth

Tuesday 06 May 2014

A new PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

Call for ESRC seminar on Home-based businesses

Thursday 08 May 2014

The second seminar in the series on Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods will take place on 16th September 2014 at the Middlesex University in London. The seminar will focus on Home-based businesses in their local settings.

New studentship opportunity in Population and Health

Tuesday 06 May 2014

A new PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

April 2014

David McCollum, speaker at recent ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland event

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Dr David McCollum, lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development, was an invited speaker at a recent ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland event in Glasgow which examined the potential implications of a No vote in the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Kim McKee elected as the new Chair of the Housing Studies Association (HSA)

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Dr Kim McKee, lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development has been elected as the new Chair of the Housing Studies Association (HSA).

New videos produced about the Geography and Sustainable Development experience at the University of St Andrews

Thursday 10 April 2014

A new set of videos has just been produced about the Geography and Sustainable Development experience at the University of St Andrews.

March 2014

Source to Sink

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Congratulations to Craig Smeaton, a first year NERC-funded PhD student in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, who has been awarded a research grant of £500 from the Farrell & Harwood Memorial Fund.

CHR host ‘Big Society’ Seminar

Tuesday 18 March 2014

The third and final seminar of the ESRC seminar series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy was held at the University of St Andrews on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th March 2014. The seminar was convened by Dr Kim McKee (Principal Investigator of the project) and supported by Dr Tom Moore, and looked at the implications of the big society and localism for the future of social housing.

Allan Findlay confirmed as Principal Investigator on ESRC's research centre (CALLS Hub)

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Professor Allan Findlay (DGSD) has been confirmed as Principal Investigator on ESRC's research centre (CALLS Hub) responsible for promoting linkage of census data to other datasets.

Richard Streeter fieldwork in Iceland

Monday 10 March 2014

Richard Streeter, lecturer in Geography & Sustainable Development, recently led fieldwork to Iceland to gather measurements of snow depth and density as part of a project on the comparative island eco-dynamics of Iceland and Greenland. Working with Dr Laura Fletcher (Edinburgh) they visited sites in North and South Iceland.

New PhD studentship opportunity in Environmental Economics

Wednesday 05 March 2014

A new PhD studentship opportunity in Geography & Sustainable Development is now available.

February 2014

Professor Elspeth Graham to deliver her Inaugural Lecture on Population Change in South-East Asia

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Professor Elspeth Graham of the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development will deliver her Inaugural Lecture on

Julie Miao awarded an Early Career Grant from the Regional Studies Association (RSA).

Thursday 20 February 2014

Congratulations to Dr Tian Miao (Julie), a Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing Research, who has been awarded an Early Career Grant from the Regional Studies Association (RSA).

Where does migration sit within the debate over the future of the UK and Scotland?

Friday 14 February 2014

This was the title of the Westminster Breakfast Briefing delivered by colleagues from the Universities of St Andrews and Southampton in London on Friday 14th February.

William and Kate to host Forams 2018

Friday 07 February 2014

Dr William Austin (Reader) and Professor Kate Darling (Honorary Professor) have recently returned to Scotland from the University of Concepcion, Chile, where they were attending and both convening separate sessions at the International Symposium on Foraminifera (Forams 2014)

Hinkley Point C not a done deal yet? Examining the subsidies issue

Wednesday 05 February 2014

Energy subsidies have the potential to dominate the debate in the energy sector in 2014. A UK Government Committee, the Environmental Audit Committee has just released a report on energy subsidies and has called for more clarity on the issue. The EU is also plans to release a report on energy subsidies in 2014 The effect of these report on the development of the Energy Bill as it is continues its development in the House of Commons will be interesting for the future of the energy sector.

January 2014

ESRC Seminar Series: registration now open

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Drs Kim McKee (PI), Tom Moore and Prof. Duncan Maclennan, will be hosting an ESRC funded seminar at the University on the 13-14th March 2014.

Dan Clayton contributes to 'The Landscapes of Wild West' for BBC4

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Dan Clayton travelled to the Tin Can Island Production studio in Norwich to contribute to three one-hour TV programmes on 'The Landscapes of Wild West' which will be broadcast on BBC4 and the BBC World Channel later this year.

Richard Streeter presents poster at the Quaternary Research Association's 50th anniversary

Monday 20 January 2014

Richard Streeter attended the annual meeting of the Quaternary Research Association which celebrated the societies 50th anniversary at the Royal Geographical Society in London on the 7-9th of January 2014.

Alastair Stokes wins inaugural DGSD photo competition

Monday 06 January 2014

Congratulations to undergraduate student Alastair Stokes on winning the inaugural Department of Geography & Sustainable Development Photographic Competition.

December 2013

Festive Work Experience

Friday 20 December 2013

This week, European researchers have been gathering at the University of St Andrews for the start of a new experiment (Swedish Research Council Contemporary project) at the Gatty Marine Laboratory, which is being co-ordinated by Dr Bill Austin.

Grant success for Allan Findlay and David McCollum

Wednesday 18 December 2013

David and Allan have secured research funding worth £27K under the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme.

Grant success for Louise Reid and Darren McCauley

Monday 16 December 2013

Louise and Darren have secured a new research grant from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

The 2013 Neil Smith Lecture is available to view online

Thursday 12 December 2013

The 2013 Neil Smith Lecture presented by Professor Derek Gregory FRSC FBA on The Natures of War is available to view online.

Congratulations to DGSD postgraduate student, Kirsten Jenkins

Monday 09 December 2013

Congratulations to PhD student, Kirsten Jenkins, for being selected as a student representative in the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGS).

November 2013

New PhD ESRC studentship opportunities in DGSD

Tuesday 26 November 2013

New PhD ESRC studentship opportunities in Geography & Sustainable Development are now available.

Scott Tindal & David McCollum take part as 'experts' in a live Guardian Online forum

Friday 29 November 2013

Scott Tindal and David McCollum take part as 'experts' in a live Guardian Online forum about International student migration.

Congratulations to DGSD undergraduate student Paul Young

Thursday 28 November 2013

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development student awarded the Armourers and Brasiers' Placement of the Year award.

Talks and Red Ribbons: World Aids Day on 1st December

Friday 22 November 2013

The Humanitarian Societies of St Andrews have come together to put on a series of Talks leading up to World AIDS Day on 1st December. Sage Lancaster (3rd year Sustainable Development) explains what has been and what is still to come.

Micropalaeontologists gather at the Natural History Museum, London

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Dr William Austin of the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development co-convenes The Micropalaeontological Society science programme in London.

Geography & Sustainable Development students evaluate Fife Shoreline Management Plan

Thursday 14 November 2013

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development honours students taking module GG3271 (Coastal Processes) were recently visited by Mr Murray Scott (Lead Professional with Fife Council's Transportation & Environmental Services department), who delivered a guest lecture and afterwards led a group of the students to view a local coastal management project at the Swilken Burn on West Sands beach and adjacent to the St Andrews Old Course. Students enjoyed an excellent presentation and account of the complex, real-world issues facing shoreline management in Fife and beyond.

Graduate School retreat for SAGES PhD students

Thursday 07 November 2013

The SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society) graduate school recently held its annual (2013) retreat at the Burn, near Edzell, attended by staff/students from participating Scottish Universities (including St Andrews).

Darja Reuschke co-edits The Economies of Urban Diversity. Ruhr Area and Istanbul.

Friday 01 November 2013

The Economies of Urban Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan) explores ethnic and religious minorities in urban economies.

October 2013

ESRC new website and seminar Call for Papers

Monday 21 October 2013

Launch of new website: ESRC Seminar Series 'Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods'.

Sun, Sea and Sand

Friday 11 October 2013

Students taking the new option module Coastal Processes (GG3271) recently spent an early October weekend visiting Oban and the island of Kerrera on the Scottish west coast as part of a new initiative to enhance field-based skills training opportunities in the Geography honours programme at St Andrews.

Students share summer internship experiences

Thursday 10 October 2013

Around 40 DGSD honours students attended an evening event run by the School President, Daisy Osborne, reporting back on their summer internships.

University wins share of £19.5m funding to overhaul social science teaching

Monday 07 October 2013

The University of St Andrews has won a share of £19.5m funding to overhaul teaching in the social sciences. St Andrews is one of fifteen universities across the UK selected to drive forward an ambitious intervention aimed at creating a new generation of social science graduates. The University's share of £812,565 will go towards permanent new staff, summer schools and bursaries aimed at encouraging students to stay on in further education.

September 2013

The School of Geography and Geosciences welcomes new research postgraduates

Friday 27 September 2013

The School of Geography and Geosciences welcomes its new research postgraduates following an induction day in the Irvine Building

Constitutional change and immigration in Scotland

Friday 27 September 2013

Dr David McCollum discusses Constitutional change and immigration in Scotland within the The Future of the UK and Scotland debate

Advanced training weekend for DGSD PhD students

Friday 27 September 2013

A number of DGSD PhD students and two staff members (Mike Kesby and Louise Reid) travelled to the annual Scottish Universities Human Geography training weekend at Kindrogan Field Centre in Perthshire.

St Andrews academic teaching in the Arctic

Monday 23 September 2013

Dr William Austin is currently aboard the Norwegian research vessel Helmar Hansen in Arctic waters to the east of Svalbard, where he is conducting a research project to study the isotopic signature of melting Arctic glaciers in coastal waters.

Congratulations to DGSD undergraduate students Will Hutton and Neil Atterbury

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development students have picked up prizes at an Environmental Placement Programme National Final.

Professor Allan Findlay and Dr David McCollum present paper at international conference on the Economics of Constitutional Change

Thursday 12 September 2013

On 19th September Professor Allan Findlay and Dr David McCollum presented a paper on migration at an international conference on the Economics of Constitutional Change in Edinburgh.

Launch of Centre for Population Change and Migration Observatory Scotland project: Migration and constitutional change in Scotland

Thursday 12 September 2013

On Wednesday 18th September 2013, exactly a year before the referendum on constitutional change, Professor Allan Findlay and Dr David McCollum launched a project which seeks to explore migration to and from Scotland in the context of the Scottish independence debate.

Longitudinal Study projects launch new websites

Wednesday 11 September 2013

CALLS Hub have recently launched their website giving more information about the project, as well as a single port-of-call for anyone interested in using the ONS LS, NILS or SLS in their research.

Stewart Fotheringham elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Congratulations to Professor Stewart Fotheringham on his election to this very distinguished body in recognition of the impact of his work in advancing social science.

Louise Reid wins a new ESRC 'Future Research Leader' Grant

Tuesday 10 September 2013

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded a £159,000 grant to Dr. Louise Reid for a project entitled 'Smarter homes?: a netnographic exploration of low carbon living'.

A video introduction to Geography by Charles Warren, Director of Teaching

Thursday 05 September 2013

Dr Charles Warren, Director of Teaching and some of our graduating students from July 2013 provide an introduction to the Geography Programme.

August 2013

The Centre for Population Change wins £6 million grant from the Economic and Social Research Council

Thursday 29 August 2013

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded a £6 million grant to the Centre for Population Change (CPC)

St Andrews researcher helps prepare for international scientific drilling expedition

Thursday 29 August 2013

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has recently hosted US researcher Nadine Quintana Krupinski (Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz) prior to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment Expedition 347; both researchers are members of the expedition's invited science party, currently comprising a total of 30 scientists from the following nations: USA (10), China (1), Japan (2), Australia (1), Sweden (3), Denmark (3), Finland (2), France (1), Netherlands (1), Germany (3), Poland (1) and the United Kingdom (2).

Charles Warren co-edits a new book on Learning from Wind Power

Thursday 22 August 2013

Dr Charles Warren has co-edited a recently published new book entitled, Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy.

2013 National Student Surveys rates Geography best department in the UK

Monday 19 August 2013

The 2013 National Student Surveys has ranked Human and Social Geography in first place amongst UK geography departments for student satisfaction.

Charles Warren co-edits new book on Lairds, Land and Sustainability

Monday 19 August 2013

Dr Charles Warren has co-edited a new book on Lairds, Land and Sustainability, published by Edinburgh University Press in July 2103.

Charles Warren delivers keynote lecture in the Czech Republic

Monday 19 August 2013

Dr Charles Warren, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Sustainable Development delivered the keynote lecture at the 9th International Geographical Conference in Brno in the Czech Republic. The conference theme was 'New Trends and Challenges for Energy Geographies'.

Professorial recognition for St Andrews geographer

Monday 12 August 2013

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has been awarded an honorary professorship at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in recognition of his contributions to the marine geosciences.

July 2013

December 2015

Allan Findlay most read author in the 2012 Transactions of the IBG

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Congratulations to Professor Allan Findlay for being the most read author of 2012 in the discipline's flagship journal, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (IBG).

Sixth form students gain a taste of STEM research at the University of St Andrews

Monday 29 July 2013

Local sixth form students, Kirsty Black (High School of Dundee) and Stephen Young (Grove Academy, Dundee), have been gaining valuable research and work experience at the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development this summer.

June 2013

Emilia Ferraro awarded The Andrew Glasgow Writer's Residency Fellowship

Thursday 13 June 2013

Dr Emilia Ferraro has received The Andrew Glasgow Writer's Residency Fellowship at Penland School of Craft

Mike Kesby wins university teaching award

Thursday 06 June 2013

Congratulations to Dr Mike Kesby on being recognised for his excellence in teaching.

May 2013

Dr Althea Davies joins the department

Thursday 23 May 2013

Welcome to Dr Althea Davies, who has recently joined the department as a lecturer in Environmental Geography

Away event at The Burn

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Department of Geography & Sustainable Development staff and RAs greatly enjoyed an Away event from the 7-8 May at The Burn, a magnificent mansion house near Brechin in Angus.

Stewart Fotheringham elected as a new member of the National Academy of Science

Wednesday 01 May 2013

Congratulations to Professor Stewart Fotheringham on his election as a new member of the National Academy of Science.

April 2013

Geography student awarded prestigious Royal Geographical Society fieldwork grant

Friday 26 April 2013

Congratulations to Isabelle Morledge, a first year student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, who was awarded a Learning and Leading Fieldwork Apprenticeship Scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society in April 2013.

SD Postgraduate Fieldtrip to Glen Tanar

Thursday 18 April 2013

Postgraduate students in sustainable development explored nature and society interconnections through a field trip to the Glen Tanar estate.

Going Nuclear? Today's Politics, Tomorrow's Legacy

Tuesday 02 April 2013

The UK has committed to expanding nuclear power but to what extent is this choice sustainable? The Fukushima disaster brought the risk of nuclear energy to the fore. The government of Japan declared a nuclear emergency in March 2011. The world watched a chaos ensue on their television screens. Radiation zones seem to increase in size on a weekly basis.

March 2013

Gareth Edwards awarded British Academy/Leverhulme funding

Thursday 21 March 2013

Dr Gareth Edwards has been awarded funding under the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme for a project entitled 'Theorizing climate justice and understanding NGO discourses in the UK and Australia'.

February 2013

NERC PhD Studentship

Thursday 21 February 2013

We are delighted to announce an open competition for a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded PhD studentship, available from September/October 2013.

International Climate Change Project Extended

Thursday 21 February 2013

Congratulations, once again, to Jo Brendryen (University of Bergen, Norway) and partners (including Dr Bill Austin, Reader in Physical Geography) who have recently secured funding (NOK 3m) to extend their collaborative project.

Second year student Maia Fry shortlisted for Guardian Education prize

Thursday 21 February 2013

Second year Geology and Geography student, Maia Fry, has been shortlisted in The Guardian's 'The Very Short Film' competition.

Housing providers need a new 'entrepreneurial' spirit

Tuesday 05 February 2013

Research by the University of St Andrews and a group of international practitioners says radical thinking is needed to shape a new, entrepreneurial and thriving rental housing sector. The current crisis is crushing the housing hopes of many poorer and younger households and holding back community renewal while, according to the study, the drive for 21st century homes is being hampered by 20th century housing thinking.

December 2012

Whatever Happened to the Guillemots?

Friday 14 December 2012

St Andrews undergraduate Sustainable Development students got more than they bargained for attending the SD2001 module field trip at West Sands beach.

PhD Studentships

Friday 07 December 2012

6 fully and partly funded PhD studentships available starting September 2013. The deadline for expressions of interest is 18 January 2013.

DGSD students win RWE npower 'Future Leaders' challenge

Tuesday 04 December 2012

A team of students from University of St Andrews have won the RWE npower 'Future Leaders' Challenge.

Geography undergraduates attend the RGS Explore weekend

Tuesday 04 December 2012

The RGS Explore weekend is the annual expedition fieldwork and planning weekend organised by the Geography Outdoors team at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

November 2012

Registration open for ESRC seminar series - The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy

Thursday 29 November 2012

The seminar is convened by Professor John Flint and Dr Ed Ferrari from the University of Sheffield and is the first of three events in the Economic and Social Research Council-funded seminar series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy led by Dr Kim McKee of the University of St Andrews.

Centre for Population Change (CPC) to contribute to ESRC’s Future of Scotland Project

Monday 19 November 2012

As part of the ESRC's Future of Scotland Project, CPC have been successful in bidding for additional funding for a new programme of work that is directly relevant to the overall Future of Scotland Project's aims.

Chair of Foraminiferal Group announced

Thursday 15 November 2012

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has recently been appointed as Chair of the Foraminiferal Group.

“Mud, mud, glorious mud!”

Thursday 01 November 2012

Final year geographers (GG4224) visited a local saltmarsh on the Eden Estuary as part of a new advanced topic in Physical Geography: “A field-based introduction to reconstructing sea-level change.”

October 2012

PhD studentship in GeoInformatics and Housing research

Wednesday 31 October 2012

The Centre for GeoInformatics is looking for a PhD student to work on development of new analysis and/or visualisation methods for long-term Scottish housing data.

Dr Tim Stojanovic appointed Vice-Chair of the Royal Geographical Society ‘Coastal and Marine Research Group’.

Monday 29 October 2012

Dr Tim Stojanovic, Lecturer in Geography and Sustainable Development, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Royal Geographical Society ‘Coastal and Marine Research Group’.

First Year Geography Field Class - Dundee

Monday 29 October 2012

The first year geographers (GG1001) took their second field class of the semester to Dundee on Saturday 13th of October.

First Year Geography Field Class - Arthur's Seat

Tuesday 02 October 2012

First year students taking GG1001 - the Physical Geography Field Class - enjoyed the sunshine this past weekend as they visited the Hill of Tarvit in Fife and Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.

Death of Professor Neil Smith, 1954-2012

Monday 01 October 2012

Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Anthropology and founding Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a graduate of University of St Andrews , died in New York on 29 September 2012.

European Funding: Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)

Monday 01 October 2012

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) has been awarded funding support via the European COST* action INTIMATE (Integrating Ice Core, Marine and Terrestrial Records) network for a new project: "A quantitative Sea Surface Temperature reconstruction of the GS-9 to GI-8 abrupt warming transition in the North Atlantic".

September 2012

St Andrews researchers in the Baltic Sea

Friday 28 September 2012

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) and Dr David McCarthy (Research and Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography) recently joined a research cruise to the Baltic Sea aboard the Swedish Research Vessel Skagerak, accompanying colleagues from the University of Lund, Sweden (Dr Helena Filipsson) and the University of Bremen, Germany (Dr Jeroen Groeneveld).

Dr Austin collaborating with researchers at UNIS in Svalbard

Monday 24 September 2012

Dr Austin has been collaborating with researchers at UNIS, notably Dr Riko Noormets, to unravel the marine climate history of the high Arctic and the north Svalbard margin in particular.

Geography graduate Charlotte Owen wins Most Enterprising Environmental Student

Friday 21 September 2012

Geography graduate Charlotte Owen, who spent the summer working for James Donaldson and Sons in Leven, was announced Most Enterprising Environmental Student 2011.

August 2012

ESRC Seminar Series Website Launched by the Centre for Housing Research

Friday 24 August 2012

The Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews has launched the website for its new seminar series: "The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy".

July 2012

CPC Event on Innovative Perspectives on Population Mobility

Wednesday 11 July 2012

The Centre for Population Change in partnership with the RGS-IGB Population Geography Research Group hosted a successful event 2-3rd July on 'Innovative Perspectives on Population mobility'.

CHR Researchers Organise Sessions at RGS-IGB Conference

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Drs Darja Reuschke and David McCollum, research fellows based within the St Andrew's Centre for Housing Research, organised two sessions on spatial and job mobility at the RGS-IBG conference in Edinburgh 3-5 July 2012.

Reuschke Presents Paper at ENHR Conference

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Dr Reuschke presented the paper "Housing equity, mortgage crisis and entrepreneurship in the UK" at the annual international conference of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR).

Present Government housing policies leave families ‘exposed and vulnerable’ according to new St Andrew's study

Friday 06 July 2012

The problems with gaps in ‘housing wealth’ faced by property owners, first time buyers and renters was outlined by academics at the launch of a major new research project on Tuesday 3 July 2012 in Edinburgh. The £0.7m project, led by Dr Beverley Searle of the University’s Centre for Housing Research (CHR), will investigate the growing gaps in housing wealth and their consequences for the social and economic wellbeing of families in Britain.

June 2012

Population Space and Place climbs journal rankings

Friday 29 June 2012

Population Space and Place, a journal co-edited by Geography and Sustainable Development’s Head of Department, Professor Allan Findlay, has been ranked third in demography according to the latest ISI impact factor data

EPSRC Workshop run by the Centre for Geoinformatics

Friday 06 July 2012

On Wednesday 27th June the newly established Centre for Geoinformatics at the University of St Andrews organised a workshop entitled "GeoInformatics: extending ICT research across academic disciplines", sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Housing Experts Call for Radical Shift in Affordable Housing Policy

Friday 06 July 2012

A working party of international experts, organised by the University of St Andrews, is calling for a radical shift in the ways in which providers of social and affordable housing for rent are financed, organised and involved in housing policies. Delegates from Scotland, England, Australia, Norway and Canada have been involved in a two-year programme of knowledge exchange led by the University's Centre for Housing Research (CHR).

May 2012

Dr William Austin rejoins the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) is to rejoin the NERC Peer Review College in July 2012.

Heinrich Events: Land, Ice and Ocean

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography) is to give the opening keynote lecture at a meeting on Heinrich Events at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton in June 2012.

Dr Ioan Fazey contributes to workshop on Climate Sensitivity on Decadal to Century Timescales: Implications for Civilization

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Dr Ioan Fazey (Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development) was invited and contributed to the 5 day workshop with 20 other world renowned ecological, climatological, and social science/humanities experts to discuss Climate sensitivity on decadal to century timescales: implications for civilization, hosted by the Aspen Global Change Institute in Colorado.

Dr Ioan Fazey secures funding as Co-I on the National Ecosystem Assessment

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Dr Ioan Fazey (Senior Lecturer in Sustaiable Development) has been successful as a Co-I in securing funding for a project with researchers from Aberdeen (Dr Mark Reed and Jasper Kenter) and elsewhere on the National Ecosystem Assessment: Shared, cultural and plural values with £200K funded jointly by from DEFRA/NERC/EHRC/AHRC.

Housing in Hard Times: special issue edited by McKee and Muir

Monday 28 May 2012

A new special issue on the theme of Housing in Hard Times: marginality, inequality and class, has been published (online early) by the journal Housing Theory and Society.

Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap Project Website Launches

Thursday 24 May 2012

The Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap project, a 3 year research programme funded by the Leverhulme Foundation to investigate inter-generational justice and housing wealth, has launched its website.

Phoebe Mottram, undergraduate student awarded Henrietta Hutton Research Grant and Norman Kemp Travel Scholarship

Monday 21 May 2012

Congratulations to Phoebe Mottram, a third year BSc student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, who has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Henrietta Hutton Research Grant and the University of St Andrews’ Norman Kemp Travel Scholarship to support her undergraduate dissertation research.

Ivan Delev, MSc student awarded a research grant from the Eaga Charitable Trust

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Congratulations to Ivan Delev, an MSc student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, who has been awarded a research grant from the Eaga Charitable Trust to conduct his research entitled: "Fuel poverty and the re-emergence of wood as a sustainable source of energy in Fife, Scotland and beyond."

McCauley invited to join pan-academic expert Nuclear Consulting Group (NCG)

Wednesday 09 May 2012

The NCG group comprises many leading academics and experts. It is collectively concerned at the current ambition of the planned new-build Nuclear Renaissance in Britain.

McKee leads cross-national discussion on ‘The Big Society, Localism & Housing Policy’

Wednesday 09 May 2012

Dr Kim McKee of the Centre for Housing Research, St Andrews, together with prominent academics from leading UK Universities, has secured funding for a series of seminars to explore the impact of the coalition government’s localism agenda on housing policy across the UK.

Should a Sustainable Green Future include Nuclear?

Tuesday 08 May 2012

Dr McCauley begins a five year EPSRC [EP/I035390/1] sponsored project (2012-2017) to explore the ‘Future of Nuclear Power’ with a presentation in Liverpool on Wednesday 9th May.

Celebrating undergraduate success: SD dissertation conference

Thursday 03 May 2012

On Friday 27th April, the Sustainable Development final year undergraduate students presented their dissertations at this year’s conference.

McKee interviewed by Inside Housing

Thursday 03 May 2012

Dr Kim McKee was interviewed by Inside Housing about her recent research on “Housing Associations and the Big Society”, which focused on the role of community-controlled housing associations as ‘anchor’ organisations.

Laura Obermuller wins the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award and The Slawson Award

Tuesday 01 May 2012

Congratulations to Laura Obermuller, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, who has won the the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award and The Slawson Award for 2012.

April 2012

McKee and Searle take up key roles in the Housing Studies Association

Thursday 03 May 2012

Drs Kim McKee and Beverley Searle from the Centre for Housing Research, St Andrews have been appointed to key roles within the Housing Studies Association (a UK Learned Society). Whilst Kim will be taking up the post of Secretary, Beverley will become the association’s new Treasurer.

Big Society has much to learn from Scotland’s Community Housing Sector

Friday 27 April 2012

In recent years, politicians across the UK have talked of helping communities to help themselves. Scotland already has a rich and diverse voluntary sector, together with a strong policy record on community ownership. In ‘Housing Associations and the Big Society: Lessons from Scotland’s community housing sector’, Dr Kim McKee suggests there is much the rest of the UK can learn from this experience.

Simatele contributes to new book on Climate Change, Assets and Food Security

Friday 27 April 2012

Focusing on how increasing urbanisation and growing poverty levels impact upon climate change, asset accumulation and food security in Southern Africa.

Michael Musgrave wins Frederick Soddy Award

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Congratulations to Michael Musgrave, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, who has won the 2012 Frederick Soddy Trust award, administered by the Royal Geographical Society.

McKee Contributes to New Book on Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland

Sunday 22 April 2012

Policy Press has published a new book: Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland. Edited by Dr Gerry Mooney and Prof. Gill Scott it offers a critical assessment of social policy in Scotland, a decade after the introduction of devolution.

The Best of Scottish Science 2012

Tuesday 10 April 2012

St Andrews researchers were represented by three of the seven exhibits selected for the Best of Scottish Science 2012 Exhibition at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh over the Easter vacation – part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Dr Emilia Ferraro Awarded British Academy grant

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Dr Emilia Ferraro has been awarded a British Academy small grant for explorative research that links money to bodiliness, the senses, and aesthetic visualities.

March 2012

Balcraig Foundation bursary awarded to Ezekiel Conteh (MSc Sustainable Development)

Thursday 22 March 2012

Congratulations to Ezekiel Conteh, who has been awarded a Balcraig Foundation bursary of £715 by the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development to enable him to carry out his dissertation project.

What does money have to do with aesthetics, the body and the Church?

Monday 19 March 2012

Dr Emilia Ferraro has been awarded a Carnegie Trust grant for an exploratory research into the aesthetic qualities of money as bodily ornaments.

NERC PhD Studentship Opportunities - deadline 12 March 2012

Monday 30 January 2012

The deadline for fully funded NERC PhD studentships for UK citizens in Physical Geography, Sustainable Development and Earth Sciences is 12 March 2012.

DGSD Honours Career’s Event

Tuesday 13 March 2012

The department hosted a very successful careers event for Senior Honours students in Geography & Sustainable Development on Friday 9th March. Organised by Drs Louise Reid and Kim McKee in partnership with the University’s Career Service, the event encouraged students to think about how to sell their degree-specific and transferable skills to future employers.

International Climate Change Project Funded

Thursday 08 March 2012

Congratulations to Jo Brendryen (University of Bergen, Norway) and partners (including Dr Bill Austin, Head of Department) who have recently secured funding (NOK 1m) for a new three-year project.

February 2012

Dr Kim McKee Invited to Roundtable Event at the JRF

Wednesday 29 February 2012

Dr Kim McKee was an invited participant to a roundtable event with Prof. Diane Coyle in York, organised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the 28th February.

New paper calls for a social avalanche of human behaviour towards more sustainable activities

Wednesday 29 February 2012

A new paper has been published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment that It demands changes in human behaviour for sustainability. Authors include Dr Ioan Fazey from the Department of Sustainable Development, and others from Germany, USA and Australia.

Tammy Davies awarded $4600 by The Lubee Bat Conservancy

Friday 24 February 2012

The Lubee Bat Conservancy has awarded $4600 to Tammy Davies, a PhD student based at the School to work in the Solomon Islands.

McKee delivers invited seminar at the University of Bristol

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Dr Kim McKee delivered an invited seminar presentation to the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol on 21st February.

Centre for Housing Research Event: Challenges in Housing Scotland's People

Friday 17 February 2012

The Centre for Housing Research sponsored a one day roundtable event on February 3 to seek consensus on the housing issues that need urgent attention in Scotland.

Phones for Forests

Monday 13 February 2012

A new and innovative program, Phones for Forests, which aims to recycle old mobile phones for field data collection in African forests, has been implemented by researchers in the Department of Geography and Sustainable development.

The Best of Scottish Science 2012

Thursday 09 February 2012

Dr William Austin (Head of Department) and Ms Keziah Stott (SAGES PhD student), working in collaboration with Dr Robert Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography), have been invited to present an exhibit: "Arctica islandica: The longest-lived animal on Earth" at the Best of Scottish Science exhibition at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh from 1-4 April, 2012.

January 2012

Burns Supper, School of Geography & Geoscience

Friday 17 February 2012

A gathering of school staff and postgraduate students, kindly organised by the students (and cooking the neeps, tatties and haggis) – so thanks to them!

Professor Colin Hunter appointed to Research Councils’ Think Tank on Lifelong Health & Wellbeing

Friday 13 January 2012

Professor Colin Hunter, Professor of Sustainable Development & Geography, has been invited to join an MRC-led Think Tank on promoting physical activity in older adults. Outcomes from the Think Tank will inform specifications for future funding calls under the cross-Research Council Lifelong Health & Wellbeing Programme.

Tammy Davies awarded £6000 by The Rufford Small Grants Foundation

Friday 13 January 2012

The Rufford Small Grants Foundation has awarded £6000 to Tammy Davies, a PhD student based at the School, to conduct her innovative work in the Solomon Islands.

Dr Danny Simatele appointed as patron and international trustee for "Spin-farming Association in Sierra Leone"

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Dr Danny Simatele has been appointed as patron and international trustee for "Spin-farming Association in Sierra Leone".

Dr Gregory Borne elected to editorial board of Sociological Research Online

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Dr Gregory Borne has been elected to the editorial board of the Journal 'Sociological Research Online' a Sage publications Journal. Dr Borne joins a distinguished international editorial board where he will serve for three years.

St Andrew’s Professor Invited to Participate in Expert Group

Friday 06 January 2012

Prof. Allan Findlay has been invited to participate in the UK Higher Education Student Mobility Expert Group established by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

December 2011

Sustainable Development Buckhaven Fieldtrip

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Dr Gregory Borne and third year sustainable development students visited the community of Buckhaven on the East Coast of Fife.

Duncan Maclennan to advise on new strategy to boost Scotland’s cities

Friday 23 December 2011

Professor Duncan Maclennan, of the Centre for Housing Research at the University of St Andrews, will be advising the government on how to make the cities perform better.

Dan Clayton on Commemorating Saigon, 11 December 1961: a date on the dark side of history

Thursday 15 December 2011

US helicopters and their crews arrived in Saigon on December 11 1961, ostensibly to take South Vietnamese troops deep into the jungle to wage what US advisors deemed to be a new kind of war: guerrilla warfare. Many see this event as the start of the Vietnam War.

November 2011

Professor Allan Findlay delivers ‘breakfast briefing’ on Climate Change & Migration

Friday 06 January 2012

On November 11th, Professor Allan Findlay delivered a breakfast briefing to civil servants and politicians at the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund on the question "How will climate change impact on migration?"

ESPRC Funding for Knowledge Exchange Work

Tuesday 29 November 2011

An inter-discplinary team from the department of Geography & Sustainable Development has been successful in securing ESPRC funding for knowledge exchange work on ‘Community energy transformation routes: developing visions and enabling decisions (CERT)’.

Dr Kim McKee in Inside Housing

Thursday 24 November 2011

Dr Kim McKee was interviewed for an Inside Housing article on proposed reforms to social housing regulation in Scotland.

Professor Colin Ballantyne addresses the First Scottish Geodiversity Forum

Monday 21 November 2011

On November 19th, Colin Ballantyne delivered an invited keynote address to the First Scottish Geodiversity Forum entitled Rock and Ice: geodiversity at landscape scale in Scotland.

Outreach work on dendrochronology

Saturday 19 November 2011

Dr Rob Wilson, delivered an invited presentation on “Lurking Logs in Lochs: tree-rings, climate and the Northern Cairngorms” at the Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore on the 18th November.

Dr Gregory Borne awarded membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Dr Gregory Borne has been awarded membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Improving cell-sized thermometers: A new culturing initiative at the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), St Andrews

Wednesday 16 November 2011

An international team from Sweden, Germany and the UK are joining forces to address a significant challenge in palaeoclimate research: the need to both understand and reduce the uncertainty associated with palaeotemperature reconstructions.

St Andrews students reach final of npower Future Leaders Challenge

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Three students within the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development and a student in the School of Management have taken St Andrews to the finals of the npower Future Leaders Challenge for a third consecutive year.

McKee presents at Scottish Housing Conference

Friday 11 November 2011

Dr Kim McKee was an invited speaker at a workshop on ‘Community Regeneration in Tough Times’, at the annual conference of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, which was held in the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow on November 11th.

October 2011

Human Geography fieldtrip to Dundee

Monday 31 October 2011

On Saturday 22nd October, first year geography students participated in a Human Geography fieldtrip to Dundee.

Dr William Austin appointed to MAREMAP

Monday 31 October 2011

Dr William Austin (Head of Department) has been appointed to the academic advisory board of MAREMAP.

Sustainable Development students visit Whitelee wind farm

Monday 31 October 2011

Third year sustainable development students visited Whitelee wind farm, the largest wind farm in Europe.

Carnegie Award for McKee

Thursday 20 October 2011

Dr Kim McKee has been awarded a Carnegie Small Grant for the project: "Community Based Housing Associations in Scotland: the epitome of the big society?"

September 2011

Professor Graeme Whittington retires from Emeritus Chair in Geography

Friday 02 September 2011

Graeme Whittington, who joined the Department of Geography at St Andrews in 1959, has retired from Emeritus Professorship after 52 years of service.

Wellcome Trust's Scottish Health Informatics Programme training workshop & inter-disciplinary Conference

Friday 02 September 2011

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development organised and hosted two events in September for the Scottish Health Informatics Programme (SHIP) - the major Wellcome Trust funded investment in Scottish health informatics.

St Andrews researchers in the Arctic Ocean

Thursday 01 September 2011

William Austin (Head of Department) and Marion Kuhs (NERC PhD student) are currently aboard the Norwegian research vessel Helmer Hanssen returning from the north Svalbard margin, where they collected seabed samples up to 81°40'N.

Environmental Placement Programme Awards

Thursday 01 September 2011

Charlotte Owen, who graduated with a 2.1 MA Honours degree in Geography in June 2011, has won the final of the EPP awards in Edinburgh.

August 2011

Nuffield Science Bursary Project 2011: Calum Winter (Bell Baxter High School, Fife)

Wednesday 03 August 2011

Calum Winter, currently in his sixth year at Bell Baxter High School (Cupar, Fife), recently completed a successful Nuffield Science Bursary Project in the School of Geography and Geosciences, working alongside Dr William Austin (Head of Department) and Dr Robert Wilson (Senior Lecturer).

New research award on housing wealth & intergenerational justice

Tuesday 02 August 2011

The Centre for Housing Research has been awarded £0.7m in grant funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

July 2011

Carnegie Trust Award

Monday 25 July 2011

Holly Deary, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development under the supervision of Dr Charles Warren, has been given an award by the Carnegie Trust for her project “Return of the Wild: Evaluating the concepts and practice of rewilding in Scotland”.

June 2011

Death of Dr Kay MacIver

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Dr Kay MacIver, a former Head of Geography, died on 15 June 2011 aged 90.

Geography class of 2011

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Congratulations to all of our geography graduates.

Spragge Conservation Scholarship

Monday 13 June 2011

Holly Deary, a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development under the supervision of Dr Charles Warren, has been awarded the 2011 – 2012 Spragge Conservation Scholarship.

GWSF response to Scottish Government's Regeneration Discussion Document

Saturday 11 June 2011

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) have launched their response to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Discussion Document: 'Building a Sustainable Future'.

Department Welcomes New Professors

Friday 06 January 2012

Three new Professors: Doug Benn (Physical Geography), Allan Findlay (Human Geography) and Stewart Fotheringham (Human Geography), were inducted at the recent St Andrew’s day university graduation ceremony on the 30th November.