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Rachel Hunt

Lecturer in Geohumanities

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I invite inquiries about doctoral research on the self-landscape encounter including, but not limited to, any of the following areas: cultural geographies of landscape and land; rural lives and leisure; outdoor experiences and well-being.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Glasgow

Master of Research, University of Glasgow

Master of Arts (undergraduate), University of Glasgow

Current Research Interests

I am fundamentally interested in the self-landscape encounter and thus seek to ask, and answer, questions of how the world is made known. In doing this my work sits at the interface between cultural geography, historical geography and geographies of wellbeing and is driven by in-depth qualitative research methods. 

Currently my more focused research interests fall into three related areas: cultural geographies of landscape and land; rural lives and leisure; and the links between landscape experience and well-being. I am also interested in architectural geographies, geohumanities approaches, geographies of print and literary geographies, heritage geographies, emotional geographies, as well as ideas around dwelling which has led to the development of my thinking around landscapes of estrangement. While my more recent work is Scottish in focus my overal interests are far more broad (previous study focused on Nepal) and I will enthusiastically discuss landscape related work contucted in all sites, topics and disciplines. 

Interests by topic: walking, bothies, mountains, trauma, emotion, morality, architectures, rural lives, simplicity, land politics, skillscapes, well-being, cultural artefacts, idyll(s) and many more. 

I am also committed to, and enthusiastic about, teaching and have a keen interest in developing new materials and exploring fresh ways to engage with students. I seek to incorporate this focus on teaching into my research. 

 

Teaching

Undergraduate:

I co-ordinate and teach on the level 1 course Human Geography (GERG8007) which introduces students to the types of topics geographers and interested in, and how geographers look at the world. I also contribute to methods teaching at this level in the form of a two day fieldtrip with Fundamental methods (GERG8009). For honours pupils I run an option course titled Land and Landscape (101120). This course introduces students to the various ways geographers have worked with the term landscape and how these various understandings have impacts on how the world is experienced, governed and understood.  

Postgraduate:

I am deputy director of the Environment, Culture and Society Msc. This programme enables studetns to acquire new skills to address urgent environmental challenges across environmental policy, conservation, education, public consultation and the arts.

I also contribute to ESRC methods training for postgraduate students. 

Biography

I worked as a research assistant in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and as a teaching assistant at Durham University before moving to Edinburgh. I have a PhD and Masters degree from the University of Glasgow. 

Office Hours

My office hours are 2-4 on Tuesdays.

Research outputs

  1. GeoHumanities and Health

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  2. Historical geography, climbing and mountaineering: route setting for an inclusive future

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Neglected rural geography: Exploring the quiet politics of ‘out-dwelling’

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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