Geography, Earth and environment at Brighton

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New study shows plus-size men face stigma in gay spaces 

A study by University of Brighton researcher Nick McGlynn is spotlighting the often difficult  experiences of fatter men in gay spaces across the UK. Dr McGlynn’s report – entitled Bearspace – is the largest ever study of the UK’s community of ‘Bears’, a term referring to big and hairy gay men who typically present in…

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Meet ‘Greta’: Brighton research reveals sex of ancient human

A novel technique pioneered by Dr Nicolas Stewart at the University of Brighton provides a new tool to determine the sex of historic human remains. Dr Stewart’s technique – honed in collaboration with Professor Janet Montgomery at University of Durham and Professor Raquel Gerlach at the University of São Paulo – analyses a gender-varied protein…

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Brighton researchers to explore better sourcing of vital rare earth elements

University of Brighton researchers have received a £97,000 grant to study ways to make sourcing vital rare earth elements less environmentally damaging.

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Brighton academic spotlights water pollution reporting failings

Pioneering research by Dr Sarah Purnell on flaws in water and sewerage company pollution reporting has been published in a leading global journal. The study published in the journal PLOS ONE by Dr Purnell – a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Applied Sciences – marks the first external analysis of nationwide pollution incident…

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First glimpse inside the giant stones of Stonehenge

Professor David Nash has led a team taking the first glimpse inside one of Stonehenge’s giant sarsen stones, providing new insights into these iconic objects.

Brighton’s pioneering research examining men’s unwanted sexual experiences

University of Brighton is running a groundbreaking research project spotlighting the widely overlooked area of men’s unwanted sexual experiences (MUSE). Led by Dr Carl Bonner-Thompson and Dr Kirsty McGregor, MUSE is speaking to some of the many men who have had unwanted sexual experiences at some point in their life, focusing initially on the London and South East region…

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Clean Air Day sees Brighton observatory partner with leading national air quality network

In the run-up to Clean Air Day on 17 June, the Brighton Atmospheric Observatory has joined up with a globally-recognised UK observatory network. The Brighton Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) has joined up with NERC’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) as a community observatory under the Atmospheric Monitoring and Observations Facility (AMOF) network – a move which puts…

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River researcher honoured with prestigious Royal Geographic Society Award

Professor Phil Ashworth has received the Cuthbert Peek Award for pioneering research that has boosted understanding of river dynamics and flooding worldwide. The Cuthbert Peek Award recognises those “advancing geographical knowledge of human impact on the environment through the application of contemporary methods, including those of earth observation and mapping”. It is one of a…

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Researcher provides vital input to major report on natural carbon capture

Dr Ray Ward’s work on how aquatic plants extract carbon from the environment provides a key strand of a new Natural England report into carbon sequestration. The large-scale report – entitled Carbon Storage and Sequestration by semi-natural habitats  – draws on research carried out by Dr Ward and recent Brighton PhD graduate Dr. Mariana Lima that explores carbon sequestration and…

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Dr Nick McGlynn

Making LGBTQ Communities, Changing LGBTQ Spaces

Dr Nick McGlynn, Senior Lecturer in Geography here at the University of Brighton, recently gave an online lecture for the Geographical Association aimed at GCSE and A Level students (key stages 4 and 5) and their teachers. His lecture ‘Making LGBTQ Communities, Changing LGBTQ Spaces’ introduces students to geographic research about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans,…

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