Our team of geographers
Rob investigating ancient landslides in Snowdonia
Dr Rob Parker is a geography lecturer, producer and coordinator of Time for Geography.
Rob is passionate about the role of geographers in addressing the biggest challenges we face, through interdisciplinary research, discovery and innovation. Through Time for Geography, Rob facilitates a unique community of the world’s leading geographers and organisations, to help support geography’s next generation in their journey from the classroom to university and careers shaping the future of our world.
Tim exploring glaciated landscapes in the Lake District National Park.
Lead Teacher and Examiner
Tim Parker is an experienced and innovative geography teacher, and a popular educational blogger.
A regular contributor to various education magazines and websites, including the Times Educational Supplement (TES), Tim’s lesson plans and techniques are used in classrooms across the UK. As a guest speaker at educational meetings, Tim delivers talks on motivating and raising the self-esteem of school students, to improve performance both inside and outside of the classroom.
Harriet exploring granite big walls in Tsaranoro, Madagascar
Dr Harriet Ridley is a palaeoclimatologist and Production Coordinator at Time for Geography.
Harriet is a passionate geographer, with a particular interest in palaeoclimate science. Before Time for Geography, she conducted research in the Caribbean and Central America, venturing into deep, tropical caves to investigate past climate using geochemical signals in stalagmites. As an adventurous rock climber, Harriet frequently undertakes international climbing trips, exploring some of the world’s most intriguing geological and geographical areas.
Simon on fieldwork in Madeira
Simon Ross is a former Head of Geography and prolific author of geographical teaching resources.
Simon has written extensively for the new GCSE and A-level specifications. He acts as a geography consultant for a variety of organisations, and has written and presented educational videos from locations around the world, including Iceland and Italy. He also delivers CPD training for teachers and students. In his spare time he enjoys running and tending his allotment!
Claire out on fieldwork in South Wales
Dr Claire Earlie is a coastal geomorphology expert, conducting geographical research at universities in the U.K., France and the USA.
As a field scientist specialising in how extreme waves affect our coastlines, Claire has studied some of the biggest storms the west coast of the U.K. and France have experienced over the last century. Claire is fascinated by the ocean and how it interacts with the land, studying and teaching everything coastal. Claire is currently a Lecturer in Coastal Processes at Cardiff University.
Dr Richard Waller
Richard is an expert on glaciers, permafrost and the landscape impacts of Arctic climate change.
Richard has been fascinated by mountain environments since he studied geography at school. His research focuses on the distinctive processes and landforms that occur in glacial and permafrost environments, providing amazing opportunities to work in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Richard is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at Keele University.
Dr Carol Ekinsmyth
Carol is a Human Geographer with expertise in cities, the creative industries and entrepreneurship.
Carol is fascinated by the relationship between places, industries and work. She is a leading scholar in the areas of self-employment, women's entrepreneurship and ways in which place and social factors influence people's working lives. Carol is a Principal Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Portsmouth.
Prof Donald Houston
Donald is Professor of Economic Geography and Head of Geography at the University of Portsmouth.
Donald conducts research and advises the government on why some towns and cities succeed economically, while others do not. Donald has particular expertise in unemployment, travel to work patterns, and the changing locations of jobs and housing in cities.
Darren leading Alpine expeditions
Darren Axe is an international expedition leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Darren is an International Mountain Leader (IML), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and public speaker. His mission is to engage people in exploratory journeys, in the diverse landscapes of the U.K., Europe and further afield. Darren’s work focusses on contemporary debates in sustainable development and the socio-environmental impacts of travel and expeditions.
Howard scaling Europe's largest ice cap at Vatnajökull in Iceland
Howard is a geography examiner and a specialist in exam performance and technique.
Howard brings a knowledgeable insight into how students can score top marks in their exams. He draws on over 15 years of experience marking exams as a subject specialist for a leading exam board and Head of Geography in an Independent School.
Chris on fieldwork on the Somerset coast
Chris is a physical geographer specialising in coastal geomorphology, coastal management and reconstructing past environments.
A senior lecturer in coastal processes and coastal management at the University of the West of England, Bristol, Chris conducts research into reconstructing Quaternary Environments in British coastal lowlands. He has an interest in Geography educational outreach, & delivers keynote lectures and workshops to schools.
Hywel on fieldwork in Wales
Hywel is an expert in the physical, historical and cultural geographies of flooding.
Hywel specialises in the geomorphological effects of floods, reconstructing flood histories and how they are perceived by society. He works mainly in Wales, but has also worked in Ireland, South America and South Africa. Hywel is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.
Sioned on fieldwork in the Canadian Rockies
Sioned is currently completing her PhD on Welsh geoheritage at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.
Sioned specialises in the relationship that exists between Welsh landscapes, heritage and culture, and how integrating different forms of knowledge can attract more visitors and enhance their experiences of Welsh landscapes.
Sian on fieldwork in West Africa
Sian is Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Derby.
Sian specialises in sedimentology, which she uses to research the evolution of modern and ancient river and coastal environments. Fieldwork has taken her across the world with projects in Europe, North America and West Africa.
Howard on fieldwork at Stonehenge
Dr Howard Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Derby.
Howard is a Geomorphologist who specialises in coastal geomorphology. He has worked for 25 years in southern Morocco on a variety of projects, including cliff erosion and tidal estuaries on the Atlantic coast, water supply in mountain villages and conservation of the argan woodland.
Dr Toby Tonkin
Toby is a physical geographer with an interest in terrestrial glacial landsystems.
As part of his research, Toby has deployed drones and ground-penetrating radar to sites in Sweden and Norway to help understand how glacial landscapes and landforms evolve following deglaciation. Toby currently works as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Derby.
Dr William Monteith
Will is a lecturer in human geography at Queen Mary University of London.
Will's research explores experiences of work – or ‘making do’ – at the margins of formal economies; the politics and products produced by these experiences, and the ways in which they are transforming cities and societies.
Dr Sue Dawson
Sue is an expert on tsunamis and Head of Geography & Environmental Science at the University of Dundee.
Sue is a hazard geoscientist with expertise in extreme coastal change, including tsunamis and storms. Her research considers the impact of tsunamis generated by submarine landslides and earthquakes, and the potential for tsunami hazards to increase with the response to climate change in the Arctic.
Dr Simon Cook
Simon is a Seniour Lecturer in Environmental Change at the University of Dundee.
Simon is a geoscientist who specialises in glaciology, geohazards and the geomorphology of mountain landscapes. His work focuses on understanding how mountain environments respond to climate change, and how people are affected by this through changes to water supply and hazards like glacial lake outburst floods and landslides.
Dr Melissa Lazenby
Melissa is a climate scientist and lecturer in global climate change at the University of Sussex.
Melissa's research focusses on the climate of southern Africa. As a climate scientist, she is passionate about teaching and ensuring that climate information is communicated as widely as possible, to guide better decision-making.
Dr Heather Price
Heather is a lecturer in environmental geography at the University of Stirling.
Heather is fascinated by the relationship between people and the environment, and her research focuses on environmental pollution and public health. She has a particular interest in working within informal settlements (or slums) in rapidly urbanising areas where levels of pollution are often greatest. Her research takes her to exciting destinations like Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.
Dr Emma Liu
Volcanologist using drones to explore previously inaccessible volcanic gases!
Volcanoes are spectacular natural phenomena that have shaped the Earth over geological timescales. As a volcanologist, my research investigates what makes volcanoes 'tick' and I focus on measuring volcanic gases to reconstruct what is happening deep beneath the surface. I use drones to carry my sensors high up into the volcanic plume and take measurements that would otherwise never be possible.
Dr Tom Pering
Volcanologist at the University of Sheffield.
Tom is a volcanologist and Lecturer at the Department of Geography (University of Sheffield), who studies gas release from volcanoes. In particular, Tom focuses on eruptions of basaltic magmas, and is interested in low-cost methods for measuring volcanic activity. Tom's work regularly takes him to exciting volcanic locations, including locations such as Nicaragua, Peru, and Vanuatu.
Iceland guide and specialist in geography educational field studies.
Tony has a degree in geography and is a field studies consultant and guide for the Icelandic educational travel company Trex. As a experienced location adviser for numerous films and documentaries, Tony helps support Time for Geography's overseas production activities in Iceland!
Dr Rhian Meara
Rhian is a geologist with a particular interest in volcanic eruptions and geochemistry.
Rhian has been fascinated by natural hazards and volcanic eruptions since visiting Iceland on a family holiday when she was 12 years old! She has studied volcanoes and their deposits in Iceland, the USA and Japan and is a lecturer in Physical Geography and Geology lecturer working at Swansea for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Dr Mary Kelly
Mary is a human geographer specialising in the areas of social, cultural and historical geography.
Mary is a senior lecturer at Kingston University where she teaches Introduction to Human Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Geographical Theory and Practice and Global Rural Geographies. Her research interests include migration studies, literary geographies and historical GIS.
Dr Sarah Arnold
Sarah is a researcher and lecturer in ecology and entomology at the University of Greenwich.
Sarah previously completed degrees at the University of Cambridge and then Queen Mary, University of London, where she was introduced to the fascinating diversity of UK and global ecosystems and the processes driving them. Her research areas now encompass managing agricultural to support insects that benefit crops.
Dr Tim Lane
Tim is a lecturer in Physical Geography at Liverpool John Moores University.
Tim is a physical geographer who specialises in glacial geomorphology, environmental change and landscape development in glaciated regions. He is particularly interested in the behaviour of Arctic Ice Sheets and glaciers during the last glacial cycle. He uses a combination of field and laboratory techniques, and has undertaken fieldwork in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, USA, and Kenya.
Dr Angela Gallego-Sala
Angela is an Associate Professor in Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycles at the University of Exeter
Angela is a biogeochemist who focuses on carbon cycling through terrestrial ecosystems. She is passionate about peatlands and endeavours to understand how these ecosystems respond to climate change and human pressures. She has carried out fieldwork in the tropics and sub-polar environments to better understand carbon cycling in peatlands.
Professor Chris Fogwill
Chris studies climate change, and its impacts on Earth's ice sheets and oceans today and in the past.
Chris is Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimate at Keele University and Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research – focused on Antarctic ice-sheet history and global sea level rise – is truly multidisciplinary, spanning Quaternary ice-sheet reconstruction, the development of new climate archives from snow and ice, and ice sheet and Earth system modelling.
Professor Harriet Bulkeley
Harriet is Professor of Geography at Durham University UK and Utrecht University in the Netherlands
Harriet’s research focuses on environmental governance and the politics of climate change, energy and sustainable cities. She’s interested in the growth of urban experiments in response to the challenges of sustainable development and the implications for social justice. She currently co-ordinates the H2020 project NATURVATION examining how nature-based solutions can contribute to urban futures.
David is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Drainage Specialist at Atkins
David has 24 years of experience working on infrastructure projects and is an expert in drainage design. He works on many large projects in the UK and abroad and was the Atkins drainage lead for the London 2012 Olympic Park and the Heathrow Expansion Project.
Professor Richard Yarwood
Richard is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Plymouth
Richard has wide interests in human geography and specialises in rural geography, social geography and citizenship. He has recently examined the geographies of crime; military geographies and the city; living on canal boats and migration. He is passionate about communicating geography, edits the GA's 'Geography' and is a member of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Pymouth.
Dr Olivia Wilson
Olivia is a Human Geographer and a Planner
Olivia started her career as a Rural Geographer and was lucky to spend almost three years working in New Zealand researching changes in farming. She has also worked as a planner at Plymouth City Council, making policies and working on exciting projects . Her academic interests now focus on urban planning and provision of green spaces and she is an active member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Dr Stephen Essex
Stephen is an Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth.
Stephen is a human geographer. His research focuses on the formulation of planning and public policy related to sustainable urban transformations, including mega-events, post-war reconstruction and sustainable tourism.
Professor Jon Shaw
Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth.
A human geographer, Jon is interested in mobility and transport—where people travel, why and how they go places, and why that matters. His recent book with Iain Docherty, Transport Matters, used a ground-breaking approach to explain these things by focusing on the everyday journeys made by a fictional British family, the Smiths. Jon has worked in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Geography fieldwork specialist
Richard is a British teacher who has been based in Spain since 2001. He specialises in teaching geography fieldwork and runs his own fieldwork centre in Mallorca. He has worked with student groups from over 30 different countries and is a passionate advocate of learning outside the classroom. Hobbies include cooking, watersports and playing padel (a cross between squash and tennis)!
Dr Bethan Davies
Bethan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London
Bethan is a glaciologist and glacial geologist interested in the interaction between glaciers and climate over multiple timescales. Her current research interests are orientated towards the Antarctic Peninsula and the former ice sheets in Britain and Patagonia.
Dr Aidan Hesslewood
Aidan is a geography teacher, department head and a Geographical Association activist.
After completing a PhD on representations of youth in the night-time economy, Aidan trained to be a secondary geography teacher. He is a GA consultant, GA branch chair, an editorial member of Teaching Geography, and SGQM moderator. In 2018, Aidan won the RGS-IBG Ordnance Survey Award for excellence in secondary geography education.
Alan is Chief Executive of the Geographical Association
A former geography teacher, field studies officer and teacher trainer, Alan now leads the professional association for teachers of geography, the GA. His work involves advocating for geography education, including at government level, representing the view of teachers of geography and coordinating the GA’s national and international work to support high-quality geography in schools.
Dr Kieran Baxter
Kieran is a lecturer in Communication Design at the University of Dundee.
After completing a PhD in landscape heritage visualisation Kieran has continued to investigate the role of design and media practices in science communication. In addition to his lectureship at University of Dundee he also holds a postdoc position at University of Iceland where he researches how glacier downwasting and climate change can be effectively communicated to public audiences.