About

I am an environmental geographer at the Open University with ‘undisciplinary’ research interests in nature and culture.

I live in Oxford (United Kingdom), where I am associated with School of Geography and the Environment, Biodiversity Institute and Linacre College. My Open University staff webpage has more information on my research and teaching. Open Research Online has a list and reprints of my publications.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people” said Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. In that kind of ‘self-improvement’ spirit, this blog is my humble attempt to discuss ideas as and when they emerge in the stream of my consciousness, whilst keeping open the possibility that sometimes discussion of events or people might also lead to new ideas.

So, this blog is really a ‘dump’ of ideas. But why make them public and why not keep them private? Well, this public space will hopefully expose these ideas to scrutiny by readers. And through such ‘Darwinian selection’ the ideas might well emerge stronger. It is in this spirit that I invite the readers to engage with this blog – any comments and suggestions are most welcome.

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