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There are four schemes through which visiting scholars can come and spend time in the School of Geography:

QMUL Distinguished Visiting Fellows

School of Geography Distinguished Visitor

School of Geography Visiting Scholars

Visiting PhD students

QMUL Distinguished Visiting Fellows

The School of Geography welcomes academics as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Visiting Fellows Scheme. John Pickles (University of North Carolina) will visit in 2014. Recent Distinguished Visiting Fellows include Jim Murphy (Clark University), Kim England (University of Washington), Jonas Larson (Roskilde University), Karen Morin (Bucknell University), Thomas Cronin (United States Geological Survey), Swati Chattopadhyay (University of California Santa Barbara), Stuart Elden (University of Durham), Alexander Murphy (University of Oregon), Sallie Marston (University of Arizona), Wendy Larner (University of Bristol), Maria Kaika (University of Manchester) and Katherine Rankin (University of Toronto).

‘My visit to QMUL was superb on all fronts and I gained tremendously from the opportunity to connect in depth with QMUL faculty and students. The visit was organized around multiple events/presentations and these gave us a chance to have a series of highly productive conversations related to economic-development geography theories, methods, and empirical issues. Given that the visit was month-long, it gave me/us a chance to develop closer ties and to have more relaxed yet substantive conversations – the kind that are the most meaningful when it comes to developing new projects or intellectual contributions.’
Jim Murphy (Clark University)

‘The unique combination of intellectual stimulation and friendliness made my engagement with academic staff and graduate students one of the most inspiring periods of my academic life. I would also like to comment on the excellent infrastructure available for Visiting Scholars at Queen Mary. Giving me full access to brilliant office space, and IT and library facilities at the City Centre and the Graduate School and offering me superb accommodation – with majestic views of my research area  - enabled me to pursue my work effectively. I enjoyed life on Queen Mary campus, with its formidable built environment, open spaces and high quality catering facilities.’
Maria Kaika (University of Manchester)

School of Geography Distinguished Visitor

Each year the School invites a Distinguished Visitor to come and spend at least a week with us. The visitor gives a public lecture, meets with postgraduate students, and takes part in other events designed to encourage intensive discussion of research interests. Trevor Barnes (University of British Columbia) will visit in 2014. Recent Distinguished Visitors include Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia), Nigel Roulet (McGill University), Ash Amin (University of Cambridge), Johannes Oerlmanns (University of Utrecht), Cindi Katz (City University of New York), William Ruddiman (University of Virginia) and Julie Graham (University of Massachusetts).

‘I enjoyed my time at Queen Mary immensely. What a department you’ve got! I had wonderful interactions with so many people there, and got terrific and inspiring and incredibly useful feedback on my work in both the research frameworks and more formal sessions, as well as in all the various informal gatherings. I so appreciated your colleagues’ generosity intellectually.’
Cindi Katz (CUNY)

School of Geography Visiting Scholars

Academics who are planning to take sabbatical leave are invited to apply for the position of Visiting Scholar in the School of Geography. Where appropriate we can make a contribution towards the cost of air fares to the UK, and will provide desk, computer, library and office facilities for a period of up to eight weeks. Although we are unable to provide accommodation in London, the College has rooms that can be hired for a reasonable price (subject to availability). The Visiting Scholar will be expected to take part in School research activities and to give a research seminar to staff and postgraduate students. An application should be supported by a current member of staff at Queen Mary, and should include a CV and statement of work to be undertaken during the proposed visit. David Conradson (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and Jason Finch (Abo Akademi University, Finland) will visit in 2014. Recent Visiting Scholars include Stephen Legg (University of Nottingham), John Paul Jones III (University of Arizona), William Jenkins (York University, Canada), Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota) and Philip Kelly (York University, Toronto).

‘I found the department to have an exceptionally rich intellectual life and a rare degree of collegiality and friendliness. I think of Queen Mary as a model department in every respect, and a perfect place for the weary sabbaticant to recharge batteries!’
Philip Kelly (York University)

Visiting PhD students

We welcome expressions of interest from PhD students at other institutions who wish to spend a period of study at Queen Mary. Visiting PhD students are welcome to join our research activities, including School Research Seminars, Research Frameworks and Physical Geography Group Meetings. We invite potential applicants to make contact with a member of staff who could act as mentor during their stay in the School of Geography. Staff research interests can be found here: http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/index.html

Once mentoring arrangements have been put in place, students should formally submit an application to QMUL Admissions using the PhD Associate Application Form which will be sent to them. Acceptance of this will recognise the visitor as a student at QMUL and will provide library, building and network access. The School will offer shared desk space in a dedicated computer room. Visiting PhD students will normally be charged a bench fee of £500 per semester (or for an equivalent three month period). This is payable prior to completing enrolment.

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