Geographer gives expert evidence to international panel

Dr Ed Hall, a lecturer in the Geography department at the University of Dundee and Associate Director of SDHI, has been giving evidence as an expert witness to a panel of world-leading academics reviewing the impact of geography research in the UK.

He was speaking at the Royal Geographic Society in London, where the Economic and Social Research Council have been holding an event as part of the International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography.

The high-profile review aims to highlight the standing and contribution of UK human geography against international benchmarks. It aims to identify ways of enhancing performance and capacity, and promoting future research agendas. The review will make recommendations for the Research Councils, funding organisations and, more broadly, for the discipline.

“I was very pleased to be asked to provide evidence to the panel,” said Dr Hall. “It is a fantastic opportunity to tell leading international academics, and others with a keen interest in geographical research, about the theoretical, methodological and research impact contributions that UK Human Geography makes to the development of the discipline.
“I will also take the opportunity to tell the panel about the groundbreaking research we do in Geography at Dundee, on children and youth, policing and crime, and disability and volunteering. Geography at Dundee was ranked joint top in Scotland in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, clear evidence of our research quality.”

Dr Hall is a social geographer, with research interests in health, disability and social inclusion. He publishes widely in international peer-reviewed journals, most recently in ‘Geoforum’. His research is funded by ESRC, Scottish Government and Nuffield Foundation.

The International Benchmarking Review process is being undertaken by a panel of leading international experts, chaired by Professor David Ley, University of British Columbia, Canada, and includes academics, research funders, and users of human geography research.

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