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Research Profile

Dr Melanie

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

  • Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in Geography within the Area of Science & Technology – Environmental & Geographical Sciences. Melanie has a PhD from University College London, her thesis ‘Community involvement in Leisure Provision – a case study of the London Borough of Hillingdon’ was completed in 1986. Melanie gained a MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh (1977-81).

    Melanie holds a Professional Membership as a Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching, then Fellow, Higher Education Academy from 2005 to the present.

    Melanie has also participated in a range of School Committees such as:

    • School Executive  
    • School Academic Board
    • School Learning and Teaching committee
    • Recent participation in School Committees
    • School Health & Safety (deputise for Field Leader)
    • School Quality Standards & Enhancement Committee (deputise for Field Leader)
    • School Student Experience Committee  
    • School Learning and Teaching Group Employment Lecturer, Senior

    Melanie has acted as both an External and Internal Examiner within these roles:

    • External examiner for Ph.D. University College London (2001)
    • External examiner for undergraduate courses at St Mary’s University College, (2002-6)
    • External examiner for the University of Hertfordshire (2006-7)
    • Internal examiner for Ph.D. (2002)

    Melanie has experience of being an Admissions Tutor and other administrative responsibilities through these positions:

    • Administration and other responsibilities 1992-3
    • Admissions Tutor, Combined Studies Geography 1993-2000
    • Admissions Tutor, Single Honours Geography 1993-7

    Other roles that Melanie has taken include:

    • Principal Lecturer in Geography
    • step down to Senior Lecturer (disability), Nene College/University of Northampton
    • September 1992-to date
    • Maternity break, May 1987-September 1992
    • Part-time report writing and tutoring at University College London, January 1986-May 1987
    • Full-time Research Associate, Department of Geography, University College London, January 1985 to December 1986
    • Course Leader during the development, validation and establishment of the Single Honours BSc Geography degree 1996
    • Member of internal periodic review panels for B.A.(Hons) Sociology, and PGCE primary 1997
    • Chair of internal validation panel for Combined Honours Spanish 1996-7
    • Mentor for new staff member 1998
    • Member of internal validation panel for B.A. (Hons) Music 2000
    • Course Leader during the development, validation and establishment of the B.A. Single Honours degree in Geography 2001-3
    • Subject champion for PITAR project on experiences of alumni 2002-3
    • Mentor for new staff member 2002-2006
    • Principal Lecturer and Field Leader for Geography 2005-2007
    • Course Leader for MSc Research Methods 2005-2007
    • Disability coordinator for the School of Social Sciences 2005-2007
    • School representative on the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group 2006-2008
    • Energy champion for the School of Social Sciences 2008-2009
    • Learning and teaching research support for Deputy Dean of Social Science 2008-2009
    • Mentor for new staff member​
    • ​GEO1006 Introducing Human Geographies
    • GEO2029 Approaches to Research in Human Geography 
    • GEO3019 Leisure, People and the Environment 
    • GEO3030 Geographers at work 
    • GEO4002/3/7 Human Geography Project/Dissertation • Personal tutor 

    Melanie’s main teaching interests are in contemporary issues in the geographies of leisure and tourism. Melanie also specialises in teaching students about research philosophies and qualitative methods in geography. ​

  • Research Topics:

    • Politics of community involvement 
    • Popular values for Green Space 
    • Children’s use of and values for place and space
    • Youth participation 
    • Wheelchair user’s experiences of open space 
    • e-learning in the Social Sciences Consultancy for ‘Matters of Fact’: Research on Rights of Way network in Northamptonshire (2005) •
    • Transport needs for those in further education (2002) • 
    • Provision of training days on research methods for community groups (2002) • 

    Transport of special needs groups (2001) Current research (with John Horton) includes pedagogic research to examine the effectiveness of a balloon debate in students understanding of research philosophy in human geography, and the role of poetry as an autoethnographic approach in exploring disability. 

    Melanie has written two collections of poetry about long term mental illness and recovery through psychotherapy. Melanie is also working with James White from Sociology on OERs to provide support (research methods and philosophies) for dissertation and Masters’ students across the University​

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