I studied for both my BSc in Geography and my MSc in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool before completing my PhD in Geography at the University of Sheffield.
I joined the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham in January 1998, starting as a lecturer and becoming a full Professor in 2012.
In January 2017 I joined the University of Liverpool as APVC for Research and Impact in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and remained in this role until December 2022 when I took on my current APVC position.
I have held various roles including Honorary Secretary for Research and Higher Education for the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers, 2008-2014).
I was a full panel member and also an Interdisciplinary Research Advisor for UoA 14 (Geography and Environmental Studies) in REF 2021.
I am a member of the Leverhulme Trust Advisory Panel (starting 2023) and regularly participate in funding panels and moderating boards for AHRC, ESRC, NERC and UKRI. I was also a Steering Committee member of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) UK Climate Resilience programme.
I was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2023.