OPINIONS

One of the most likely outcomes of the recent results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education – is institutional reform and reorganisation
Pound stores have become ubiquitous on our high streets, more so than since the recession hit
You can love them, loathe them or try to ignore them. But it’s almost impossible to avoid having a view on the state of our town centres and high streets

We are where we eat

What is it about food? It seems we all have strong opinions about what we should eat and why we should eat it to make sure we lead long, healthy lives
Climate change appears to have joined sex, religion, and politics as an issue that people try not to discuss in polite conversation

Touched nature

Erle Ellis, a geographer from the University of Maryland, had his Anthropocene epiphany quite some time ago, when he was hiking on Squirrel Island off the coast of Maine

Neoliberal nightmare

I was recently asked by an incredulous colleague why I was working in a Geography department. I answered that geography was the study of ‘the who, the where, and the how, of the past, present and future’

Social benefits

Human geographers should pay more attention to the issues which affect the lives and living standards in different parts of the world and less to the more obscure areas of cultural geographical theory

Out of the shadows

There has never been a better time for the corporate world to embrace long-term environmental responsibility and stewardship

Happiness, naturally

In order to develop healthy human populations and reduce environmental degradation, we need to encourage people to spend more time in nature

Time for a sea change

Geographers haven’t attended enough to the blue part of the planet – the bit beyond the shoreline where the land ends and the oceans begin

Grabbed landscapes

21st-century land grabbing represents an uncontrolled form of geoengineering

Flooding’s future

We aren’t bad at predicting where flooding will happen – but not when – so we need to take precautions when it comes to flood protection in England

Learning to code

A geography curriculum should require students to learn how to code, ensuring that they’re equipped for a changed job market that’s increasingly detached from geographic information systems (GIS) as they were originally conceived
Current efforts to save India’s dwindling tiger populations are failing. But carefully managed tourism could offer this regal predator its best chance of survival

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