Time Geography Days 2015

Things don’t usually work out this like this but for once my teaching and research schedules have fitted together really neatly. This past week I’ve been busy with the IPPE 2015 students at University West introducing them to research principles and practices through recording their Time Geographical activities using Google Drive applications. Then on Thursday and Friday last week Per and I presented a paper on this collaboration to 2015’s Time Geography Days conference which was held at Gothenburg University.  We examined the Time Geography work that our Rhodes University students have done to develop their understanding of Space and Place.

I haven’t seen the students since they began their studies last September and it was nice to be met by smiles and greetings: especially as I was there to give them some work to do!  The conference participants were nearly all new acquaintances to me but they were easy to interact with and very interested in what we were doing.  So it’s been a good week.  Here’s the presentation we gave.

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Tomorrow will be my last day in the classroom on this trip to Scandinavia.  I’ll be showing the students how to map their Time Geography activities in Google Maps so that Per and I can examine whether their activities are more, or less, segregated than our South African students.  This should be interesting and will provide a nice comparison for our paper at the December SANORD symposium in Windhoek.

SISU-EDU workshop in Turku

We had our latest meeting for the SANORD funded SISU-EDU project at the University of Turku this week.

The aim of the Sustainability Education in Southern Africa project is to build an open access education simulation.  We met our colleagues from Finland Futures Research Centre this week to workshop how to adapt their getalife simulation to suit the purposes of sustainable development. We also needed to: review the results of our questionnaires about sustainability education; develop the motivation for a workshop at the SANORD conference to be held in Namibia; write an abstract of a paper for presentation at the same conference and; strategise the way forward in terms of funding opportunities.  In other words there was a lot to do in a short space of time!

The weather was helpfully bleak – wet, cold, cloudy and windy – so workshopping indoors was easy. Johanna Ollila, Johanna Kärki  and Maria Hoysaa sat down with Kate and I to tackle the agenda we’d set ourselves and we made lots of good progress.  We’re intending to get funding to travel to the SANORD conference in Windhoek this December where we will be presenting our results so far.  Hope to see you there!


SANORD Member Universities 2013: Google Map

I am often asked: just what is this SANORD organisation, who is in it?

Well the answer to the first question can be found in the new (and much improved) SANORD website.

We currently have over 40 member Universities from the Nordic and SADC (Southern African Development Community) regions and to answer the second question I have compiled a Google Map to show where we are all located.

If I’ve made any mistakes please let me know and I will do an update. Here is the direct link to the SANORD Members 2013 Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/jSQ5j

SANORD 2013 Malawi: Slideshow

I spent all of last week in Malawi attending the 2013 SANORD Symposium.  The Southern African-Nordic Centre‘s 4th Biennial was excellently hosted by the University of Malawi at the newly built Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

Here’s a slideshow.  The pictures are taken in Lilongwe around the conference venue and on our lovely day trip down to Lake Malawi.