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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

Reference has been made in RA5 to the increasing maturity of the Geography research team at University College Worcester (UCW). The standing of individual members of staff in the Geographical research community has grown significantly over the assessment period. One highlight was the invitation received by Evans from the Association of Spanish Geographers to present a paper reflecting on developments in agricultural geography to their Annual Conference at the University of Llieda. Evans has also made research paper presentations at major international research symposia on rural geography, including those at the University of Leicester in 1996 (the First Anglo-Spanish Rural Geography Symposium), the University of Nantes, France, in 1997, and at the University of St. Mary’s, Halifax, Canada, in 1999. He also acted as convenor for the Second Anglo-Spanish Symposium at the University of Valladolid, Spain, in 2000. Papers have been published as symposium proceedings or, more commonly, as book chapters in research volumes derived from these meetings. Evans has also delivered papers to sessions organised by the Rural Geography Research Group (RGRG), the Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) and the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The latter was published with Yarwood as a chapter in an innovative new volume on animal geography edited by Philo and Wilbert and formed part of a session dedicated to a discussion of the text at the 2001 New York meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Evans served as Secretary to the RGRG between 1996 and 1999, acts as a referee and book reviewer for major geography journals and has been both a referee and rapporteur for ESRC research projects. He has been involved with postgraduate research training, and was invited to present a paper on the future of agricultural geography at the University of Swansea’s Rural Geography Postgraduate Workshop in 1999. Since 1996, Evans, has examined two PhDs and supervised two PhDs successfully to completion. He has made seminar presentations to university geography departments, including those at Kingston University (1998), Manchester Metropolitan (1998) and King’s College London (1999). Evans has recently become Director of the CRR.

Yarwood acted as Director of the CRR until 2001 and presented papers at international rural geography conferences in Canada, France, Leicester and Spain, all resulting in the publication of research work. These have been in the topic areas of rural housing provision and rural crime. Publication has also arisen from papers delivered at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual Conference sessions held by RGRG and SCGRG. Yarwood has been a committee member of RGRG and is an active member of RESSG, taking responsibility for organising their Annual Conference at UCW in 1998. He has refereed research papers for major geography journals, written book reviews and refereed research proposals for ESRC. He has organised and led postgraduate training sessions for the Midlands Postgraduate Nexus.

Storey is editor of the Occasional Papers research series in Geography at the University College and convenor of the Departmental Seminar Programme and Lovatt Lecture Series. In 1996, he was invited by the Geographical Society of Ireland to present research on rural living conditions. He has delivered papers on participation in rural development at three RESSG annual conferences. Storey spoke on the topic of rural development policy in Ireland in the context of the EU LEADER programme at the 2000 Anglo-Spanish Rural Geography Symposium in Valladolid, Spain. This work was further advanced in a presentation made to the New York AAG in spring 2001. Storey has ongoing research interests in territoriality and identity, as emphasized by the publication of a recent text. He has presented research at the invitation of academic departments (including the UWE, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of HE) and rural interest groups, such as the evaluation of service provision to rural Credit Unions. Storey has been an external consultant on the development of single honours geography at a major UK university, refereed academic papers and conducted numerous book reviews for mainstream geography journals such as the Journal of Rural Studies and Political Geography.

A significant event in the development of the Applied Hydrology sub-area was the invitation that Maddock received in 1997 from the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Freshwater Ecology at University of Canberra to deliver a paper at an international conference on river health. His expertise was further acknowledged when he was sub-contracted as a member of the CRC Freshwater Ecology unit for an extended, funded stay in Australia. He has continued to attract significant funding from the Environment Agency for his applied research into physical habitat assessment and instream flow allocation and is currently serving as sole external advisor on the project board for a major national R&D project between the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Environment Agency. He has also appeared as an expert witness for these organisations. Maddock is a member of the EU funded Collaboration in Science and Technology (COST) project team on ‘River Habitat Modelling’. His invitation to join the COST team of researchers selected from across Europe is indicative of a growing international reputation in this aspect of geographical study. Maddock made a presentation to the Eighth International Symposium on Regulated Streams at Toulouse in 2000, demonstrating the international relevance of his research. He is a referee of research papers submitted to international journals, including The Journal of Hydrology and Regulated Rivers, and other learned publications on hydrology.


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