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Geography: insight4me Geography – Landscapes & Systems With University of East Anglia & University of Nottingham

1st December 2021 @ 14:15 - 15:15



  • University of East Anglia: Dr Rosalind Bark, Associate Professor in Ecological Economics, School of Environmental Sciences will present Is natural flood management at the landscape scale a good option? Flood risk management in the UK centres on built flood protection, such as weirs and flood walls as well as flood insurance. With climate change impacts, more homes, businesses, farms, and critical infrastructure (roads, rail, water treatment, etc) will be at risk of flooding and the costs of flood protection and flood relief will only grow. A new, hybrid approach is to integrate natural flood management at the landscape scale to reduce flood damage. In this lecture, we will discuss the effectiveness of this shift in flood risk management and the barriers and opportunities to its wider implementation.
  • University of Nottingham: We are joined by Dr Ginnie Panizzo, Assistant Professor in Environmental Change and Dr Robert Hearn, Assistant Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography in the School of Geography. ’Geography asserts itself as a subject uniquely concerned with [the] interface between human culture and the natural environment…this division of the world into two all-encompassing and mutually exclusive kinds of things, the so-called culture-nature binary’ (Whatmore, 2013: 153), fundamental in the division of the discipline into human and physical geography.  However, despite the often-entrenched existence of these two branches of Geography, there are several themes and ideas that bridge this divide; landscape(s) and their associated systems are two key examples, widely regarded as foundational and fundamental concepts and areas of investigation across geography’s kaleidoscopic disciplinary spectrum. Whilst of principal concern to human and physical geographers alike, the motives, theories and methods engrained and employed vary depending on the individual scholars’ perspective and persuasion, and as such in this session Dr Ginnie Panizzo and Dr Robert Hearn will discuss divergences and synergies in their adopted approaches to excavating the pasts, exploring the present and speculating on the futures of landscape and systems in their areas of their expertise and in Geography more generally with a focus on the interface between human cultures and the natural environment.


insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications and vary between universities.

In this insight4me Geography webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University of Nottingham & University of East Anglia, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Landscapes & Systems, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geography and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Geography at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



1st December 2021
14:15 - 15:15
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