Bloggers 2015-2016

Welcome to our student bloggers!

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Helena ParsonsScottish Wildcats are highly endangered creatures struggling as a species, their long-term viability aided by breeding in captivity. At The Wildwood Trust, four of these Wildcats are housed in captivity, in the hope of possible reintroduction in to the Wild. Through my placement at The Wildwood Trust in Herne Bay, Kent, I will be assessing the behavior of two of these Wildcats, in the hope of identifying stressors they experience in captivity, and relating their behavior to the importance of successful care in captivity and how this affects the long-term viability of the species.

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Eleanor Ball Did you know that street girls have only been acknowledged for the past two years? In many places around the world children have access to a good education on a daily basis but for some this luxury is not available. This is one of the reasons why there are many education programmes set up by NGOs around the world. With the help of StreetInvest I will explore the sustainability of these programmes specifically for street girls.

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Rhys PlummerOnce a synonymous pairing during the industrial revolution, the mining industry in Cornwall is experiencing a revival in its fortunes. Therefore, the study of the bi-products produced and their environmental consequences has never been so significant. With the support of geospatial mapping and core sampling, I will be examining how previous industrial activity has dispensed a geochemical signature upon the Fal Estuary and its river catchment.

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Emma Tipping – Stuff matters. Rubber, as a commodity, has had a controversial past and introduction into the commercial market and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is an intrinsic part of this history. During my placement I will research the biographies of a few of the rubber artefacts from the collection and explore their movements and meanings.

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Alice ReynoldsIn our contemporary society, our everyday lives are immersed in culture. But what really is culture? Using marketing agency Truth as the main case study of my research, who define themselves as ‘cultural strategists’, I am particularly interested in why culture is becoming increasingly important for commercial agencies. I will create a comparative study between the methods that cultural geographers implement within their research and the methods used by agencies such as Truth, and why the similarities between the two are on the rise.

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Emma CooperThe West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting. In order for climate modelling efforts to effectively predict the future, it is important to understand what has happened in the past. How has West Antarctica changed? Why? My work at the British Antarctic Survey will investigate the past extent of this dynamic ice sheet under a shifting climate.

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Sean DaviesCorporate Social Responsibility, this term relates to a business taking responsibility for its impact on society, and by extension the environmental system in which it operates. This ideal has had a significant impact on the activities of corporations, especially in the Safari Tourism Sector. Many Safari companies, especially those relating to ecotourism are having to ensure that their activities have a positive social, environmental and economic impact on their surrounding area. My area of research will focus on the Responsible Safari Company, an ecotourism enterprise based in Malawi, and how they remain as a competitive business whilst ensuring that they integrate their local community and have a positive effect on the environment.

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Charlotte CulhaneConsumer science within contemporary urban life provides an interesting topic of discussion, as brands and retail spaces increasingly attempt to strengthen the consumer experience directly. Through my placement at Truth, a marketing strategist organisation, I will take forward the geographical literature of Ian Cook’s “Follow The Thing” by centralising a focus on customer journey mapping. Therefore, I will be exploring one particular brand through schematic stages whilst correlating my research to organisational geographies.

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Lucy SmithBill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sting and Martin Luther King Jnr. all share one thing in common. They have all credited the presence of a mature adult mentor within their childhood with bringing their innate potential into prominence. Contemplating your own past successes, one may perceive the source of achievement as being of one’s own volition, but the chances are that during that time there was someone there forwarding your potential. Adopting Street Invest’s belief that the one common ‘reason’ that all ‘street-connected’ children share, is that they lack a trustworthy adult in their lives, I intend to understand how mentoring relationships are implemented within the developed and developing world. In particular, during my placement with Street Invest I will be exploring the role that both natural and formal mentoring relationships have on young people’s transition into adulthood and, on the mentors themselves.

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