In September 2021, Edge Hill University’s GeoSciences Department welcomed two new Human Geography lecturers to the department.

Dr Niroshan Ramachandran whose research is primarily focused on social protection for asylum seekers and refugees in host countries and Dr Ayushman Bhagat whose current research area concerns the politics of anti-trafficking and emigration control in the South Asia-Middle East migration corridor.

Both Dr Niroshan Ramachandran and Dr Ayushman Bhagat are currently teaching on our BA (Hons) Geography degree on a variety of modules including Practising Human Geographies, Sustainable Urban Futures and Disaster Recovery Landscape.

If you’d like to know more about Human Geography and why our staff and current students are so passionate about the course then please read the article below written by Dr Ayushman Bhagat.

  1. What is Human Geography?

Human Geography is the mother of all social sciences. The field of study explores the relationship between humans and nature. This broad understanding positions human geography as the most critically charged intellectual endeavour that produces world knowledge on social, political, cultural, economic, legal, psychological processes crisscrossing the globe. Due to the diversity, variation and transformation in different ways humans relate to their environment, Human Geography means different things to different people at different times and in different places. This unique positionality of Human Geography makes it the most elusive field of study which resists any form of singular definition.

2.  Why is Human Geography relevant in today’s society?

Human Geography is extremely relevant in today’s society. The knowledge of Human Geography allows us to answer both profound and everyday questions which affect us and our societies. Human geography is profound because it is deeply grounded in rich philosophies and theories which enables an understanding of some of the most pressing and existential issues like climate change, globalisation, geopolitics, inequality. Human Geography is mundane as it allows us to critically understand everyday spaces and places where we live our lives. Human Geographers understand that the profound questions that we ask are because of the mundane geographical concerns, and the combination of profound and mundane concerns makes human geography very relevant in today’s society.

3. What are you currently researching?

I research how people encounter, experience, and escape geographies of rightlessness, oppression and exploitation.

4. Why is research important to young people studying Geography?

Human geography produces world knowledge concerning people, places, and their environment. This world knowledge is produced through research which means in-depth engagement and enquiry on the subject matter. Hence, research provides an excellent opportunity for young people to contribute to this world knowledge. Every human geography programme provides rigorous research training to young people to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. These skills not only allow young people to have a better understanding of the world but also prepare them for a competitive job market.

If you would like to experience what it would like to be to study on one of our GeoSciences degrees you can book your place to attend a GeoSciences Taster Day.

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