About

I teach and research geography, environmental studies and international development at Lancaster University UK, from 2017 – after 13 years at the University of Melbourne, Australia (where I still have an affiliation). Plenty to say about the topics on this WordPress page.  I have made a modest contribution to understanding land degradation in drylands, village self-help and development efforts in West Africa, adaptation to drought, global political ecology (I edit the Journal of Political Ecology), land tenure debates and mining (East Timor and New Caledonia), and urban bicycle policies/politics. I have also moved between social and natural science, and the highs and lows of higher education institutions.*

My webpage with publications is here.

Originally from London in the UK, I’ve lived or worked in Australia, the US, UK, Denmark, Burkina Faso, France, Niger, New Caledonia, East Timor and in  early 2015, Brussels, Belgium. I work with a marvellous group of PhD and Masters students from South America, West Africa, Canada, Russia, South-East Asia and Australia.

Blog is nothing to do with Lancaster Uni or the University of Melbourne, obviously. Pic was taken at Clark, where I did my PhD in the 1980s-90s. S. Freud actually taught there once, so they have a statue.

www.simonbatterbury.net

www.bikeworkshopsresearch.wordpress.com (current research)

*only person to have published in Geoderma (soil science journal) and Society and Space (social theory); and probably the only person to have taught geography at an Institute of Higher Education (community college/TAFE) and Oxford / LSE.

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