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All staff members 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 David Chester

Natural hazards and responses to them have been Professor Chester’s 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, Malta, 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 Jennifer Clear

Jennifer Clear’s research focuses on long-term environmental change, in particular, understanding anthropogenic activity and climate variability as drivers of past changes. Jennifer used applied palaeoecology (e.g. pollen) and stratigraphy (e.g. charcoal and geochemistry) to quantify past disturbance events (e.g. storms, fires, pathogens) from terrestrial, lacustrine and marine environments. Jennifer then combines these long-term geological (sedimentary) records with short-term (e.g. instrumental and dendroecological records) to model present and future scenarios in environmental change to inform conservation and management policy.

Dr Kevin Crawford

Kevin Crawford is a geologist and geomorphologist by training whose 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 Victoria Kennedy

Victoria Kennedy is a lecturer in tourism in the Department of Geography at Liverpool Hope University. Victoria holds a BA (Hons) degree in Tourism Management and a PhD in Management from The University of Hull. Victoria’s research interests include stakeholder theory and engagement, tourism policy, power, destination management and seaside tourism.

Rev 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. Mr Rooney recently (2014) published a major paper on Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly) in the Journal of Ecology.

Dr Janet Speake

Janet Speake’s 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). Janet has particular research expertise on the regeneration of Liverpool and Manchester and a range of other large western post-industrial cities. Janet has also researched and published on regeneration and redevelopment issues in Malta, particularly those associated with the revitalisation of mass tourism resorts.