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Human Geography Seminars: Autumn term 2021-22


Welcome to the UCL Human Geography seminar series. The seminar programme for the autumn term of the 2021-22 academic year is listed below. The seminars are open to all members of UCL whether you are a student, researcher or a member of academic staff. Online participation is also open to participants from outside UCL.

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 1 - 2pm (no seminar in Reading Week). Some seminars will take place entirely online (these are marked in the programme below) while the others will consist of a hybrid format where face-to-face seminar presentations in front of a small audience are live-streamed to online participants. Full details on the seminar format are at the base of this page and weekly invitations will be circulated in advance to members of the seminar distribution list.

If you are not on this list and would like to attend then please contact the seminar convenors Tom Western ( and Rory Coulter ( to be added.

We have a fascinating set of talks lined up and we look forward to welcoming many of you to the seminars as we move through term.

Tom Western and Rory Coulter (seminar series convenors)


Seminar details

DateSpeaker and title
Oct 5th

Spatial Temporal Modelling and Prediction of Mosquito-borne Arbovirus Infestation in Recife, Brazil

Dr Anwar Musah, UCL

Oct 12th

The Chemical Geographies of Misoprostol: The Pill Transforming Abortion Access in Latin America

Dr Cordelia Freeman, University of Exeter

Oct 19th

Speculative Highways in Anticolonial Egypt: Meditations on Traces, Fragments, and Decolonisation

Dr Sara Salem, LSE

Oct 26th


UCL Geography PhD research seminar

Yufeng Wu: The Geography of Married Migrants' Family Structures in Contemporary China

Rachel Hunt: Tsunami Early Warnings and Responses in New Zealand: Communication and Public Education

Nov 2nd

UCL Geography Research Cluster meetings organised by cluster leads



Nov 16th


Title TBC

Professor Brett Christophers, Uppsala University

Nov 23rd


Geographic Indigenous Futures

Dr Deondre Smiles, University of Victoria

Nov 30th

New Experiments in Reproduction: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in the Zika Public Health Emergency

Dr Paige Patchin, UCL

Dec 7th

Title TBC

Malica Scott, UCL Geography Fawcett Fellow

Dec 14th

Creative Geovisualisation: Technology, Aesthetics, and Affordances

Dr Philip Nicholson, UCL

Important seminar information


Unless otherwise stated in the above timetable, all seminars will be run at 1-2pm using a hybrid model which aims to combine the benefits of (1) limited face-to-face interaction on campus with (2) the convenience and flexibility of online participation.

The face-to-face component will take place in 16 Taviton Street, room 432. The room has a maximum capacity of 35 and to ensure this is strictly adhered to those wishing to attend the seminar in person (UCL staff and students only) will need to sign up in advance. An online sign-up sheet will be distributed by email in advance of each week’s seminar. Please make sure you sign up if you plan to attend the talk in person!

For those unable to attend in person and participants who are external to UCL, each week’s seminar will also be live-streamed through Zoom. Zoom links and joining instructions will be distributed in advance. Those attending on Zoom will be able to ask questions and interact with the speaker as normal. There is no need to register if you plan to attend the seminar online.

A few seminars with overseas speakers will be run entirely online through Zoom/Teams. Details and joining links to be used in these weeks (currently 26th Oct, 16th Nov and 23rd Nov) will be circulated in advance.

Please note that seminars may need to be moved online at short notice – for the latest information please consult our emails.

Code of conduct statement

Every attendee is expected to conduct themselves appropriately throughout the seminar. UCL Geography is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Any type of harassment will not be tolerated during the seminars. If you notice anything during one of the seminars, please feel free to contact the seminar series convenors on the email addresses below.

Rory Coulter:

Tom Western: