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Department of Geography and Environmental Science


The Department of Geography and Environmental Science is the home for undergraduate courses in Geography (Single Honours and Combined Honours), Environmental Science (Single Honours), Tourism (Combined Honours) and Tourism Management (Single Honours).  At postgraduate level we offer a taught Masters degree in Ecology and Environmental Management, and research degrees that are aligned to tutors’ areas of research expertise.

We are a small department that prides its self on our warm and welcoming approach to students. Although we are small we cover an impressive range of subjects, all of which are grounded in our academic expertise. We have an established reputation for excellent teaching and in offering students an outstanding level of support that isn’t found in many other universities.  This has been confirmed on many occasions in recent years by our National Student Survey scores of over 90% student satisfaction. Indeed in 2010 and 2011 Geography at Liverpool Hope University was rated in joint first place with 100% student satisfaction.  In addition to being excellent university teachers, all tutors in the department are active researchers, publishing in nationally and internationally renowned publications. Their research expertise informs and directs our teaching.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science is also host to the internationally renowned ‘Sand Dune and Shingle Network’. The aim of the Network is to conserve these threatened habitats as dynamic landscapes and it also undertakes consultancy and advisory work for agencies such as Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.

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Department Staff
David Chester

Professor David Chester

Professor of Environmental Science and Head of Department

Jennifer Clear

Dr Jennifer Clear

Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science

0057 Dr Kevin Crawford

Dr Kevin Crawford

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Steven Fowler

Mr Steven Fowler

Professional Tutor in Tourism and Tourism Management

Victoria Kennedy

Dr Victoria Kennedy

Lecturer in Tourism Management

Paul Rooney

Mr Paul Rooney

Senior Lecturer and Assistant Head of Department

Thomas Smyth

Dr Thomas Smyth

Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science

0220 Dr Janet Speake

Dr Janet Speake

Associate Professor in Geography

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Mary Rice

Administrator for Geography and Environmental Sciences

Key Publications

VolcanologyVolcanology 2GeoheritageTourism reviewTourism ManagementJournal of EcologyView Articles published in Aeolian Research