The Team – 2021/22
Migration- Migration is interesting because of its breath, from the economics of migration, to links to physical geography through natural disasters and the current political tension around the issue of migration.
Historical Geography- I find using geographic concepts to help understand the past both fascinating incredibly useful. For instance, the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 causing 1816 to be the ‘year without summer’, and the subsequent effects that would have.
Sustainable development – I enjoy relating the economic transition of developing nations to the possibility of a zero cost society alongside the mainstream adoption of environmental infrastructure financing instruments.
Demography – The patterns in which we see among all civilisations has always interested me; concepts such as the distribution of labour as well as the innovation of past generations.
Migration – Causes of and effects of both internal and international migration as well as how we go about solving issues surrounding the subject.
Sustainability – The transition from fossil fuels to renewables and how this can be feasibly achieved to benefit future generations.
Cosmo Le Breton:
Migration – The short and long term causes and effects of migration at a local scale, as well as global migratory patterns
Ecology and the Physical Environment – Climate change, habitat deterioration, natural resource management and protecting habitats whilst balancing the impacts on the economy as well as livelihoods on national and international levels.
Although I enjoy all aspects of geography, I take a particular interest in Human Geography, studying the economic activity and factors affecting them on a global and national scale. Having lived abroad, experiencing different cultures fostered my interest in the geography behind relationships between the country and their communities.
Before becoming a specialist, I embarked on the school trip to Iceland where I learnt a lot about the country’s distribution of energy and also saw lots of landforms and so would highly recommend the trip to lower years!
Biogeography – I specifically enjoy the study of insular biogeography, with my fascination stemming from the implications of geographical barriers on species distribution and the resulting endemism possessed by archipelagos.
Human Migration – I am also intrigued by the distribution of humans and their migration patterns. My interest focuses on South-East Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular, where the intricacies of migration are distorted due to the unique complications originating from defectors of the North Korean regime.
Geopolitics- How geography impacts and influences international and domestic political dynamics through border disputes, and different political views on solutions to geographical problems.
Issues of demographic change- the human impacts of the changing structure, economics and diversity of populations nationwide and globally.
Natural hazards- the consequences of tornadoes, floods and volcanoes on human society. Additionally consider how this may cause economic change within LIC’s.
Settlement Dynamics – I find the distribution and growth of cities very interesting and which factors have either aided or limited their integration into the wider economic and social environment which exists today.
Geopolitics – I am interested in how political tensions can stem from and be influenced by geographical factors like water or energy security, and how these physical limitations can affect global political decision-making.