On 24 May, the Department of Geography and Environment and the Grantham Institute held its annual PhD Showcase. The cross-cluster afternoon seminar featured presentations from research students in Economic Geography, Environmental Economics and Human Geography and Urban Studies.
From the UPD Research Cluster, Harry Pettit and Jordana Ramalho showcased their ongoing research. Harry’s contribution ‘Living the dream: holding on to the promise of a middle class life in Cairo’ presented his recently completed ethnographic research exploring the performance and negotiations of ‘middle classness’ in Cairo, Egypt.
Jordana’s contribution, ‘Gender, Risk and Resilience: Perspectives from informal settlers in Metro Cebu, the Philippines’ presented the early stages of her ongoing research into the gendered dimensions of household adaptive strategies and resilience to extreme weather and climate-related disasters in Cebu City, the Philippines.
Each presentation was followed by an engaged Q & A from faculty and students from across the Department’s clusters. This informative and fruitful exchange was continued afterwards over pizza and beer!