RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

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88 Co-production and Postgraduate Research: Poster Session
Affiliation Postgraduate Forum
Convenor(s) Richard Scriven (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Chair(s) Gail Davies (University of Exeter, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 27 August 2014, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)
Room Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 121
Session abstract The Postgraduate Forum invites poster contributions from postgraduate and early-career researchers interested in presenting any aspect of their research in progress in a visual and interactive way. This session provides a friendly and supportive space to present and explore the innovative and exciting geographical research being done by postgraduates and early career researchers. It also provides participants with a rapid and intensive update and overview of emerging postgraduate geographical research. A specific session within the Conference will be provided for participants to explain and discuss their poster.
Linked Sessions Co-production and Postgraduate Research: Presentation and Discussion Session
Postgraduate Snapshots: Engagements in Social and Cultural Geography
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2014@rgs.org
Science, power and the community: Spaces of encounter between researchers and locals in Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Anne Toomey (Lancaster University, UK)
In tropical regions of high biological and cultural diversity, conservation scientists often seek to engage with local people through various strategies of communication, dissemination and participatory methodologies. Such engagement may take on very different forms and be promoted for a myriad of reasons, such as obtaining consent to collect scientific data, encouraging local acceptance of research results, or empowering local people through processes of ‘self-determination’. But beyond the parameters of the specific project, where scientists and locals interact to discuss the status and fate of natural resources, many things happen; in these ‘spaces of encounter’, power can be wielded or divided, knowledge can be exchanged or hidden away, alliances can be created or dismantled. This poster will explore what
happens when researchers come to town through the perceptions of scientists,
indigenous communities and park guards living and working in Madidi National
Park.
Landscape Painting: A Contemporary Perspective!
Natasha Hall (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
Landscape is inherently complex due the multitude of multidisciplinary perspectives. The essential challenge for the artist is how to express the multitude of information about a landscape within the confines of an artwork (Casey 2002: 7). The perception of the landscape can be said to depend on the profundity of the observer; ´that is, landscape takes shape within the realms of human perception and imagination ...landscape is not only something we see, it is also a way of seeing things´(Wylie 2007: 62). By exploring how Landscape was perceived, envisaged and expressed by artists in the historic and recent past, one can catch a glimpse of its future evolution. By focusing on the multitude of ways of conceptualising and representing landscape in a contemporary context the painting can be interpreted as becoming timelessly rooted to place, essentially transcending the moment in favour of a panoramic view of the landscape through time.
Mixed methods mapping for agri-environment decision making
Beth Brockett (Lancaster University, UK)
Alan Blackburn (Lancaster University, UK)
Richard Bardgett (The University of Manchester, UK)
Alison Browne (The University of Manchester, UK)
Nigel Watson (Lancaster University, UK)
Andy Beanland (Lancaster University)
British upland farm soils store a large amount of carbon. Farm management also plays a key role in catchment nitrogen cycling. Quantifying and mapping these processes is scientifically possible and could provide one way of ensuring the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture in marginal locations (1) management of these processes. However, experience has shown that prescribing environmental management on farms can be fraught with conflict and mistrust (2) of qualitative and quantitative data through grounded theory and visualization” (3) employed for co-producing farm maps as a basis for decision-making. Using Geographical Information Systems as a tool within a feminist, post-structural framework enables me to consider and include various different forms of knowledge as well as issues of knowledge hierarchy, multiple realities and marginalisation. Grounded visualisation can enable co-production by keeping multiple accounts open whilst allowing for conflicts to emerge for examination.
(1) 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming
(2) E.g. Jacquelin Burgess, Judy Clark, and Carolyn M Harrison, ‘Knowledges in Action: An Actor Network Analysis of a Wetland Agri-Environment Scheme’, Ecological Economics 35, no. 1 (October 2000): 119–132, doi:10.1016/S0921-8009(00)00172-5.
(3) LaDona Knigge and Meghan Cope, ‘Grounded Visualization: Integrating the Analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data through Grounded Theory and Visualization’, Environment and Planning A 38, no. 11 (November 2006): 2021–2037, doi:10.1068/a37327.
Exploring energy cultures within an industrial work environment
Llinos Brown (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
This poster will present preliminary findings from an EPRSC CASE award PhD focusing on energy cultures within the workplace. This research takes a view that to change how we use energy and sustain any behavioural change, an understanding of current energy practices is needed. With this in mind, this research employs a case study approach to explore the notion of energy cultures within an industrial workplace in the North West of England. This research seeks to explore the organisational, physical environment and personal cognitive norms which have an influence on individual energy use. This poster will present findings from survey and focus group sessions which were conducted within the case study environment. It will highlight the influence work colleagues have on individual energy behaviours, comment upon the differences between work and home energy behaviours, and state the influences that environmental champion initiatives have on energy use.
This poster will consist of at least 50% visual aids (e.g. graphs, pictures) with an aim to be aesthetically pleasing rather than being dominated by text. The remainder of the poster will be a mix of quotations obtained during fieldwork and brief written sections which will provide the audience with the novelty and background of this research. The main target audience is academics with an interest in energy use, energy practices or other workplace practices. Another target audience is the postgraduate community who may be interested in the PhD process and speaking with a final year PhD student.
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Gemma Sou (The University of Manchester, UK)
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