Power, Space and Cultural Change
'The effect of Urban Residents Characteristics on Household Water Consumption and Conservation Patterns in Saudi Arabia: The Case of Dammam City'
Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau in London (SACB)
Supervisors: Dr Mark Riley, Dr Karen Potter and Dr Neil Macdonald
Description: The city of Dammam is located in an arid desert climate in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia with little rain, no freshwater sources such as rivers or lakes, high patterns of water misuse and absence of water conservation policies. The research has three objectives: (1) to examine the existing patterns of household water consumption/conservation in Dammam; (2) to explore the socio-economic, demographic and socio-psychological factors shaping these patterns; and (3) to examine how water policy might encourage more efficient and sustainable water usage. The study will use both qualitative and quantitative method in data gathering, collation and analysis. The research questions and core objectives are addressed through a questionnaire with residents and semi-structured interviews with Dammam’s policy-makers. It is hoped that the study helps obtain useful insights about the how city officials may curb water shortages and create more sustainable water policies. - Email Abdulaziz
'Just Simply Not Credible”?: Exploring the Transformative Political Potentialities of Anti-Austerity Resistance in Liverpool'
ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Davies & Dr Peter North
Description: As neoliberal austerity continues to ruin, multifarious forms of ‘anti-austerity’ resistance have emerged to oppose those unprecedented attacks to the welfare state and the final remnants of the social-democratic consensus. Can Liverpool be the hotbed of anti-austerity resistance, the site where radical alternatives can emerge (a la the socialist Liverpool council of 1983-87), or are their protests, as one senior Labour Party city councillor described, “just simply not credible”? This research, therefore, explores how those forms of anti-austerity contestation narrate, embody and mobilise particular place-based conceptions of (anti-)austerity, and explores the transformative political potential of the different anti-austerity discourses that are being (re)produced. - Email Josh
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'The social and cultural importance of fisheries in a Welsh fishing community'
Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
Supervisors: Dr. Karyn Morrissey; Dr. Mark Riley; Prof. Andy Plater
Description: The PhD thesis is looking at ‘fisheries sustainability’ from a social and cultural perspective. This will be done by an in depth study of the north wales fishing industry, conducting interviews with fishing household members. I am interested in the identity, knowledge and activities these people have in relation to fishing. Before arriving in Liverpool I was doing a master’s programme at Stockholm University (Sweden). My background is in marine biology and natural resource management/governance. - Email Madeleine
'Heavy Trains – strategic decision with the ‘wrong’ environmental outcome? Nobody said “make sure they are heavy'
Supervisors: Dr Peter North; Dr Alex Lord, Dr Olivier Sykes
Description: This research looks at strategic decisions and environmental outcomes. Prior research shows UK trains getting heavier over time – a strategic decision with a ‘wrong’ outcome for an asset with a 30-40 year lifespan. During the strategic decisions to procure and build these trains it is highly unlikely anyone said “Make sure they are heavy.” So how has this happened? Literature to inform theory-building includes decision making, Social Issues in Management and Michel Foucault’s work regarding power. Beyond this case in GB Railways, the goal is to understand how strategic decision making can be managed to deliver better environmental outcomes. - Email Michael
'Low Carbon Enterprise Zones - the value of area-based industrial strategy to sustainable development'
Supervisors: Dr Peter North; Dr Alan Southern
Description: This research contributes to the body of literature focused on spatial low carbon enterprise strategy (Luque-Ayala and Marvin, 2015; Hodson and Marvin, 2012; Bulkeley et al, 2010). It is intended to build knowledge management by assisting those in the policy community to develop city strategy that leads to cleaner production, economic development, and community involvement at a theoretical intersection of economic geography (Greenbaum and Engberg, 2004), industrial strategy (Lall, 2003), the utility of public sector intervention (Mazzucato, 2013), and steady state transition (Jackson, 2009). - Email Philip
'Proximities of care: exploring the spatial relations of voluntary and technological support for those living with dementia'
ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship
Supervisors: Dr Bethan Evans, Dr Mark Riley, Prof. Christine Milligan (Lancaster University)
Description: Provision of care to people living with dementia in the context of major transformations of social care services in the UK has seen a turn to voluntary and community based support, alongside an increasing interest in technological innovations, such as tele-care. The project explores spatial interrelations of care through a case study of a befriending scheme for people with dementia which incorporates technologically delivered support into service provision. The ways in which care relationships are constructed, shaped and reshaped and the impact of assistive technologies on independent living are also examined. Research findings will contribute to the development of policy and practice around the use of voluntary and technological means to support independent living. - Email Lena
'British Nuclear Culture in the Rural Periphery: 1945-1991'
Funded by AHRC
Supervisors:Dr Jon Hogg (History); Dr Chris Pearson (History); Dr Mark Riley
Description: During the Cold War the British nuclear-state operated a series of secret 'nuclear sites', from which the clandestine policies and military operations of the Cold War were devised and implemented. These sites were top secret and buried deep in the British countryside, leaving indelible marks on both the rural communities and physical landscapes they were situated within. The military appropriation of rural space for emergent and experimental nuclear technologies had broad social and cultural impacts, sweeping aside generational farming practices by controlling and regulating rural 'space' for the nuclear technologies of the Cold War and nuclear power industry.
Taking an oral history approach, my project seeks to collate and codify the varied responses of the local citizens who built, lived alongside, and operated the nuclear technologies of the late 20th Century. By conducting a series of walking interviews with current and previous residents and workers, I hope to analyse how the nuclear-state influenced local experiences and identities; specifically, how peripheral communities and spaces served at the behest of British Cold War policymaking, and how resistance groups appropriated these spaces to subvert official Cold War narratives and policies. - Email Harry
'Sustainable Water Demand Management Strategies In Saudi Arabia'
Supervisors:Dr Mark Riley and Dr Neil Macdonald
Description: As the largest country of the Arabian Peninsula and second largest of the Arab world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) develops with great acceleration. Saudi Arabia faces a potential water crisis, with limited water availability comparative to need. The fundamental cause of this is increased consumption per capita rising population and constant exhaustion of available water resources and potential reduction of water quality. The study seeks to critically examine the challenges of water resource availability and use. The first stage of the research is to develop a holistic framing to recognise the interplay between technical issues, economic imperatives and public awareness in Saudi Arabia’s water problems. The research intends to take a case study approach, focusing on the city of Jeddah, and will utilise pre-existing data sources alongside stakeholder interviews to determine effectives of current water demand management strategies in KSA and potential improvements. - Email Ahmad