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 Geography and Environmental Science


The Geography and Environmental Science Department is the home for undergraduate courses in Geography (Single Honours and Combined Honours), Environmental Science (Single Honours), Tourism (Combined Honours) and Tourism Management  (Single Honours). We also offer a popular and successful Masters course in Environmental Management.

We are the smallest department in the University and we believe that we’re also the friendliest. We have an established reputation for excellent teaching and in offering students a level of support that isn’t always found in larger departments in larger universities.  This was confirmed in the 2010 and 2011 National Student Surveys where Geography at Liverpool Hope University was rated in joint first place with 100% student satisfaction.  In addition to being excellent teachers we are all active researchers and our own research feeds through to our teaching at every level. 

The Geography and Environmental Science Department is also host to the UK Sand Dune and Shingle Network. This internationally renowned group undertakes consultancy and advisory work for agencies such as Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales.

  Undergraduate Postgraduate
Subject BSc Environmental Science MSc Environmental Management
  BSc Geography  
  BSc Tourism  
  BSc Tourism Management  


Contact the Department Office:

Geography and Environmental Science Department Office

FML Building

Room: FML202

Administrator: Mary Rice


T: 0151 291 2168



Research Degrees

The department is pleased to host MPhil and PhD students who wish to research for higher degrees in any areas of staff expertise. Staff are trained and experienced research supervisors and several have been examiners for higher degrees in other institutions.  


Research Staff and Their Specialisms

All staff members of the Geography and Environmental Science Department are active researchers and publish in a range of international journals, and present papers at high-level conferences both nationally and internationally. Several serve on editorial boards, act as external examiners for post-graduate taught and research degrees and regularly review manuscripts for publication.


Professor Peter Siska

I am interested in applications of spatial analysis and geostatistics to: natural resource phenomenon; to mathematical geosciences especially karst geomorphology; heavy metal soil contamination and its influence on human health and in multivariable statistical models for understanding complex relationships in a natural environment. 


Professor David Chester

Natural hazards and responses to them have been my principal research foci for more than thirty-five years. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and their impacts have been studied globally and, more specifically, in Italy, mainland Portugal and the Azores. Recent research has been concentrated on religious responses to disasters and the reconstruction of historical catastrophes using both field and archival evidence. 

Dr Kevin Crawford 

I am a geologist and geomorphologist by training and my research interests, not only include glacial environments (e.g. landforms, sediment associations and processes), but also Geoconservation and Environmental Legislation (particularly in relation to Geoconservation)


Dr Viachaslau Filimonau

My research deals with the issues of carbon footprint within the context of tourism and aims to apply life cycle thinking to the production of more accurate and holistic estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from popular tourism products. There is evidence that existing values of the carbon footprint attached to different tourism products are likely to be under-estimates, because they do not account for the indirect, life-cycle related carbon contributions. This underlines the significance of my research for carbon footprint mitigation by the tourist industry.


Dr Victoria Kennedy

I am a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at in the Department of Geography at Liverpool Hope University. I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Tourism Management and a PhD in Management from The University of Hull. My  research interests include stakeholder theory and engagement, tourism policy, power, destination management and seaside tourism. Currently my research interest has led to a publication entitled "Stakeholder Power and Engagement in an English Seaside Context: Implications for Destination Leadership" for a Special Issue on Destination Leadership in the journal Tourism Review.


Mr Paul Rooney 

Paul Rooney is the leader of the international Sand Dune and Shingle Network which is hosted at Liverpool Hope and was established in 2006. The network seeks to conserve sand dunes and shingle as dynamic landscapes and is a major research theme in the departmental profile.


Dr Janet Speake

My main research areas are human geography and the environment with specialist interests in urban and economic geography, particularly the regeneration of inner city areas, culture-led urban revitalisation, city centre transformation and urban sustainability (economic and environmental). I have research expertise on the regeneration of Liverpool and Manchester and a range of other large western post-industrial cities.  I have researched and published on regeneration and redevelopment issues in Malta, particularly those associated with the revitalisation of mass tourism resorts.

I lead a team at Liverpool Hope researching satellite navigation and changing practices of wayfinding behaviours, processes and practices of navigation and their impacts on graphicacy and cartographic literacy. I have long standing academic and professional interest in pedagogy with publications on geographical fieldwork and have written cross-phase geographical books (Regenerating City Centres and Discovering Cities - Liverpool), edited the book series Changing Geography, and produced articles for Geography and Geography Review. I have extensive experience of supervising postgraduate research projects at masters and doctoral level.


Dr Valeria Andreoni 

After obtaining a university degree in Economics and a master degree in Environmental Economics at University of Pisa, I moved to the Autonomous University of Barcelona  where I earned a master in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management. In 2010 I was awarded a PhD in Economics at University of Bologna (Italy). Following my PhD I spent a year working for the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change on water availability and security in the Mediterranean. My activities were principally related to macroeconomic analysis of virtual water and virtual water trade.

Before moving to the Business School at Hope University, I worked for nearly three years at the Joint Research Center – European Commission at the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies in Seville (Spain). The focus of my work was to provide scientific policy support various community initiatives, the main area of activity being focused on  international trade, macroeconomic policies, environmental/economic modelling and input-output modelling and analysis.


Recent publications by members of the Geography Department include:

Al Ghasyah Dhanhani, H., Chester, D. and Duncan, A.M. 2010. United Arab Emirates: Disaster management with regard to rapid onset natural disasters. In: Asimakopoulou, E. and Bessis, N. (eds.), Advanced ICTs for Disaster Management and Threat Detection: Collaborative and Distributed Frameworks. Information Science Reference Library, Hershey, New York, 65-79.

Andreoni, V. and Galmarini, S. 2012. European CO2 emission trends: A decomposition analysis for water and aviation transport sectors. Energy 45, 595-602.

Andreoni, V. 2013 Can economic growth be sustainable? The case of EU27. Journal of Global Policy and Governance 1 (2), 185-195.

Andreoni, V. and Duriavig, M. 2013. Economic resilience and land use: The cocoa crisis in the Rio Cachoeira  catchment, Brazil. Environmental Policy and Governance 23, 118-129.

Andreoni, V. 2010. Material flows accounting: A biophysical approach to macroeconomic sustainability. Transit Studies Review 17, 217-228.

Andreoni, V. and Galmarini, S. 2014. How to increase well-being in a context of degrowth. Futures (in the press)

Arto, I., Rueda-Cantuche, J.M., Andreoni, V., Mongelli, I. and Genty, A. 2014. The game of trading jobs for emissions. Energy Policy 66, 517-525.

Axon, S., Speake, J. and Crawford, K. 2012. At the next junction, turn left”: Attitudes towards Sat Nav use’.  Area, 44 (2), 170-177.

Chester, D.K. and Duncan, A.M. 2008. Geomythology, theodicy and the continuing relvance of religious worldviews on responses to volcanic eruptions. In: Grattan, J. and Torrence, R. (Ed.), Living Under the Shadow. Left Coast Press, 203-224.

Chapman, A. and Speake, J. 2011. Regeneration in a Mass Tourism Resort: The changing fortunes of Bugibba, Malta, Tourism Management, 32,  482-491.

Chester, D.K., Duncan, A.M. and Dibben, C.R.J. 2008.  The importance of religion in shaping volcanic risk perceptions in Italy, with special reference to Vesuvius and Etna. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 172, 216-228.

Chester, D.K. and Duncan, A.M. 2009 The Bible, theology and religious responses to historic and contemporary earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Environmental Hazards 8, 1-29.

Chester, D.K., Duncan, A.M. and James, 2011. Mount Etna, Sicily: Landscape evolution and hazard responses in the pre-industrial era. In: Martini, P., Chesworth, W. and Panizza, M. (eds.), Landscapes and Societies. Springer, Berlin, 235-255.

Chester, D.K., Duncan, A.M. and Sangster, H. 2012. Human responses to eruptions of Etna (Sicily) during the late-Pre-Industrial Era and their implications for present-day disaster planning. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 225-226, 65-80.

Chester, D.K., Duncan, A.M. and Sangster, H. 2012. Religious, faith communities and disaster. In: Gaillard, J-C., Wisner, B. and Kelman, I. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Routledge, London, 109-120.

Chester, D.K., Duncan, A.M. and Dhanhani, H, Al G. 2013. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and Islam. Disaster Prevention and Management 22 (3), 278-292.

Coutinho, R., Chester, D.K., Wallenstein, N. and Duncan, A.M. 2010 Responses to, and the short and long-term impacts of the 1957/1958 Capelinhos volcanic eruption and associated earthquake activity on Faial, Azores. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 196, 265-280.

Crawford, K.R. and Black, R. 2012. Visitor understanding of the geodiversity and the geoconservation value of the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site, Northern Ireland. Geoheritage (in the press).

Filimonau, V.,  Dickinson, J., Robbins, D and  Reddy, M.V. 2011. A critical review of methods for tourism climate change appraisal: life cycle assessment as a new approach. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19 (3), 301-324.

Filimonau,V., Dickinson, J. and Robbins, D. 2013 The carbon impact of short-haul tourism: a case study of UK travel to southern France using life cycle analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production (in the press)

Filimonau, V., Dickinson, J., Robbins, D. and Reddy, M.V. 2013. The role of 'indirect' greenhouse gas emissions in tourism: Assessment of hidden carbon impacts from a holiday package tour. Transportation Research Part A, 78-91.

Dickinson, J.E., Robbins, D., Filimonau, V., Hares, A. and Mika, M. 2013. Awareness of tourism impacts on climate change and the implications for travel practice: A polish perspective. Journal of Travel Research 52 (4), 506-519.

Filimonau, V., Dickinson, J., Robbins, D. and Huijbregts, M.A.J. 2011. Reviewing the carbon footprint analysis of hotels: Life cycle energy analysis (LCEA) as a holistic method fro carbon impact appraisal of tourist accommodation. Journal of Cleaner Production 19, 1917-1930.

Filimonau, V.  2012. Carbon calculators as a tool to estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from holiday travel: a critical review. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 4(4), 36-52.

Houston, J., Rooney, P. and Doody, P. 2009. The conservation and management of coastal vegetated shingle in England: report of the meeting at Salthouse, North Norfolk 18th September 2008. Sand Dune and Shingle Network, Occasional Paper No. 1. Liverpool Hope University Press, Liverpool.

Kemmerly, P.R. and Peter P. Siska (2008). Karst Modeling and Hazard Assessment on the Pennyroyal Plain and Western Highland Rim.  Journal of Geography (Geografický ńĆasopis) 60(3), 217-240.

Rooney. P. (2010) Changing perspectives in coastal dune management. Journal of Coastal Conservation: planning and management 14 (2) 71 - 73.

Rooney, P.J., Houston, J.A. and Weaver, G. 2011. The Conservation and Management of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaë ramnoides) in the UK.  Sand Dune and Shingle Network, Occasional Paper no 3,  Liverpool Hope University Press, Liverpool.

Sangster, H., Duncan, A.M. and Chester, D.K. Religion and Hazards. In: Bobrowsky, P. (ed)., Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Springer Heidelberg, 836-7

Siska, P. P, I.K. Hung and V.M. Bryant. 2012. The Mapping Composite Pollen From Point Sampled Data and Cartographic Generalization. Papers of Applied Geography Conferences, Volume 35, 192-201. 

Siska, P. P. and V. Lauko 2011. Strategic Missile Deployment: A Geographic Perspective. Applied Geography. Elsevier Science. Applied Geography Volume (31): 829-838.

Speake, J. and Axon, S. 2012. "I never use 'maps' anymore": Engaging with Sat Nav technologies and the implications for cartographic literacy and spatial awareness. The Cartographic Journal 49 (4), 326-336.

Wall, G. and Speake, J. 2012. European geography higher education fieldwork and the skills agenda. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 36 (3), 241-435.

Geography Staff


Professor Peter Siska

Head of Department and Professor in Environmental Science

 Professor David Chester

Professor David Chester

Professor in Environemntal Science

 0057 Dr Kevin Crawford

Dr Kevin Crawford

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Room FML206

0151 291 3865

 Dr Viachaslau Filimonau

Dr Viachaslau Filimonau

Lecturer in Tourism 

 Victoria Kennedy

Dr Victoria Kennedy

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Tourism Management

 0220 Dr Janet Speake

Dr Janet Speake

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Room: FML206

0151 291 3594

 Mary Rice - image

 Mary Rice

Departmental Administrator

Room: FML 202

0151 291 2168

 0202 Mr Paul Rooney

Paul Rooney

Senior Lecturer

Room: FML 202

0151 291 3933


Coastal Network Assistant

0151 291 3885





Why Study Geography?

Geography is one of the most exciting and fast-moving academic subjects. It is also one of the most relevant to the world around us. A training in Geography helps us to understand how the physical world works; how people interact both with each other and with the physical world; how landscapes (both physical and human) evolve; and how people interact with the environment and the ways in which the environment needs to be managed and conserved. No other subject takes in so many different perspectives and brings them all together to create a unique way of looking at and understanding our world. Whether your interests are more towards physical geography or human geography or the environment, you will find that we offer you the chance to develop your interests and develop an enriched understanding of what is taking place on our planet.

Why Study Tourism?

Tourism is the world’s largest industry, worth over $3 trillion annually worldwide, and has become one of its biggest sources of employment. Tourism is something which has shaped the world as we know it today and continues to have huge impacts on people, economy and the environment. 

Studying tourism opens the door to understanding one of the forces that has shaped the modern world.  In addition, there is no better city in which to study Tourism than Liverpool. The legacy of Capital of Culture in 2008 has made Liverpool one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the country and it continues to develop new arts, heritage, and cultural attractions, retail developments and luxury hotels. It is an ideal ‘laboratory’ in which to study the changing nature of contemporary tourism

How will I be taught?

You will come across a wide variety of teaching situations on the Geography, Tourism and Environmental Science courses. During the first year, all students come together for formal lectures.

Students are also assigned to a small seminar group with a designated tutor who is responsible for their academic welfare throughout the year. In the second and third years, similar formats are adopted, depending on the number of students on a unit. Some units are largely run as lectures, others take a more workshop/seminar approach, others are entirely taught through fieldwork.

How will I be assessed?

Most units are assessed using a mixture of coursework and exams, although there are a number of units which are assessed 100% through coursework. There are many different types of coursework assessment, including essays, report writing, group and individual presentations, fieldwork assignments, poster presentations, and brochure analysis.

What are the Geography and Tourism tutors like?

We are a small and friendly team of tutors with a wide range of academic interests and specialisms. We take pride in being accessible to students and offering them a level of support which isn’t always found at larger universities. We have an established tradition of accepting students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and an excellent record of supporting them in attaining a degree at the end of three years study. One of the most common comments from our graduating students is how committed and helpful the tutors have been during their time at Hope. The quality of student support is indicated in the excellent scores the Geography Department receives in the National Student Survey.

Is fieldwork compulsory?

Yes! Fieldwork is an enjoyable and essential part of Geography, Environmental Science  and Tourism.  It is a way of gaining important skills and experience. In the first year, all students take part in a week’s fieldwork in North Wales.  Geography/Environmental Science students look at aspects of the physical and human environments in a remote rural area, while tourism students look at tourism demand and participation in a rural area.  There are also day visits to the local area (Liverpool, Chester,  New Brighton and the Sefton Coast).

In the second and third years, the fieldwork component depends on the individual options – some units have no fieldwork element, some have one-day fieldtrips and some include residential fieldwork. Students taking BSc Geography will take part in an ‘International Fieldwork’ course (residential fieldwork either in Malta or Romania).  Tourism and Tourism Management students will visit Malta for a week in their third year. 

Students with disabilities are not excluded from fieldwork, and special arrangements will be made for them depending on their particular needs.

Will I need to buy a lot of equipment and books?

Students need access to appropriate learning resources and for most courses there is a recommended course text. These are available in the library but students are advised to buy certain key books – many students share this expense or find second hand copies. On fieldwork, for safety and comfort reasons, students will need access to waterproof outer clothing, a rucksack and, for most locations stout, waterproof boots. In North Wales this equipment can be borrowed from Hope’s field centre. Students are advised on these needs early on the course.

What sorts of jobs can I get when I graduate?

A degree in Geography opens the door to a wide range of careers - some specifically related to Geography, or other more general careers in business, management and finance. Many employers value the 'all-round' abilities of Geography graduates.

In recent years our students have got jobs such as:

  • Local Authority Planning Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Local Authority Environmental Officer
  • National Health Service Manager
  • Housing Officer with local Housing Association
  • Conservation Officer with local wildlife trust
  • Tutor with the Field Studies Council
  • Local Authority Geographical Information Systems officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Police Graduate programme
  • RAF Graduate programme
  • Local Authority Regeneration Officer
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Private sector Management Trainee programme
  • Tourism planning with Local Authority

In addition, many of our graduates go on to train as Geography teachers and a number of them are now Heads of Geography in schools around the country.

Increasing numbers of our students go on to postgraduate study. We offer a Masters courses within the Geography subject area in Environmental Management. Other students have gone on to Masters courses at other universities in subjects such as Hazard Management, Central and Eastern European studies, Planning Studies and Cultural Geography. A number of our graduates have also gone on to doctoral level (PhD) study.

A degree in Tourism or Tourism Management opens the door to a wide range of careers. Possible careers include:

  • Arts/Heritage Management
  • Tourism/Leisure Marketing
  • Sports and Leisure Centre Management
  • Public sector tourism/leisure planning and policy
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Attractions Management
  • Airline/Transport Management
  • Events Management
  • Resort/Destination Management
  • Tourism Marketing and Promotion
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Outdoor Recreation Management

In addition a degree in Tourism gives students a wide range of transferable skills which open up career opportunities in the wider private/commercial sectors. There are also increasing opportunities to study tourism and leisure at postgraduate level. 

Students' views


"What an experience! From day one everyone involved at Liverpool Hope made my time there both a happy and enjoyable one. Here you are not just a number; the lecturers are truly interested in your development and can be approached on all levels. I would definitely recommend the university.

(Jak from Liverpool, graduated 2012)


"One of the best decisions I made when I left college was choosing a  subject which was interesting and fulfilling. When I chose to study geography at Hope I found that the reason it was so interesting and fulfilling was because the lecturers that taught the subject where passionate and interesting as well. If I had the time and money I would easily come back and do it all over again just for the fun of it."  

(Mark from Widnes, graduated 2012)


"Geography at Liverpool Hope University has given me the generic skills any future employer would seek. The course was enjoyable and interesting throughout.  The support and help received from tutors was second to none.”

(Ben from Durham, graduated 2010)


"The Geography degree at Liverpool Hope University gives you the best experiences and opportunities for life in the real world. The fieldtrips are amazing and the tutors are so so helpful and friendly and their knowledge is outstanding!"

(Sarah from Liverpool, graduated 2010)


The geography course at Liverpool Hope University has been a wonderful experience overall, in which I have gained a lot of knowledge alongside making lifelong friends.”

(Olga from Ireland, graduated 2010)


"Over the three years studying geography at Hope, the course has covered a wide range of different and interesting topics with enthusiastic lecturers. Over the 3 years the course gives you the chance to have a specific focus or a bit of everything!

(Mark from Yorkshire, graduated 2010)