Fieldwork plays a vital role in our Geographical teaching programme at Queen Mary. Our research training modules are supported by numerous fieldwork exercises conducted in a range of rural and urban settings, from the South coast of England, to Durham, Newcastle, Scotland, and the East End of London. The cost of all compulsory fieldwork in the first year is covered through tuition fees.
In addition, students in the second and third year may apply to participate in a number of specialist modules that involve longer, overseas fieldclasses. Destinations currently include:
- MUMBAI, INDIA: 8 day residential fieldtrip as part of the 3rd year module Development Futures: Mumbai Unbound, exploring: Mumbai's dual service economy; new worlds of work; middle class consumption; and poverty and hope in Mumbai’s slums. The fieldclass is unique amongst UK Geography Departments and includes visits to call centres in Malad; banking campuses in Santa Cruz and informal economy of Dhobi Ghat and Tiffin Wallas in Bandra; westernised malls and gated communities in Andheri, Parel and Bandra as well as a visit to one of the largest slums in Asia, Dharavi.
- LOS ANGELES AND LAS VEGAS: 10 day residential fieldtrip as part of the 2nd / 3rd year module Urban Futures, exploring: economic change and new urban forms (Irvine, Orange County); de-industrialisation, low–paid work and community responses (South Central, East LA); residential segregation and the ethnic division of labour (Korea Town); the post-industrial city and changes to the politics of public space (Skid Row and Downtown LA); counter-cultural histories and civic space (Venice Beach); hyper-reality and the changing urban experience (Las Vegas).
- DUBLIN AND BELFAST: 5 day residential fieldtrip as part of the 2nd / 3rd year module Geography, Identity and Belonging, exploring: national identity, multiculturalism and migration in Dublin and Belfast in relation to social, political and economic change; and their implications for conflict resultion and citizenship.
- SOUTH FLORIDA: 7 day residential fieldtrip as part of the 3rd year Environmental Management Applications module, exploring: the physical, environmental, political and economic issues surrounding a range of restoration and management schemes in South Florida’s fluvial (Kissimmee River), terrestrial (the Everglades), estuarine (Tampa Bay), coastal (barrier Gulf Coast) and marine (Florida Bay and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary) environments.
- Students can also choose to engage in overseas fieldwork as part of their final year Independent Geographical Study (IGS / dissertation). Some locations in which our recent undergraduates have undertaken primary data collection for their dissertation include: China, Russia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Iceland, India, Nepal, Austria, Portugal, Spain, the USA and Canada.