Dr Marion Walker

Senior Research Associate

Research Interests

Marion Walker is a social scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Her PhD (Educational Research, Lancaster 2006) explored the issues of school choice in rural communities and the relationship between social class, lifestyle and locale in relation to the educational market place. After joining the Lancaster Environment Centre Marion continued to pursue her research interests in the geography of education, research with children and young people and working with innovative methodologies. The first project explored the school journey using mobile phone, GIS and GPS technology. Building on this work Marion then spent a year working in Hull on the participatory project Children, Flood and Urban Resilience: Understanding children and young people's experience and agency in the flood recovery process. The project set out to document and understand the longer-term experience of flood impact and flood recovery including the health, educational and social aspects for children and young people and to assess the policy implications of children's perspectives.

Marion then developed her interest in flood risk and became the Facilitator for the NERC/ScienceWise funded Knowledge Exchange Catchment Change Management Hub - a repository and guide for planning catchment restoration and mitigation measures to achieve good ecological status for the benefit of catchment managers, advisors and local communities and designed as a place where people who are interested in the wellbeing of their local rivers can share understanding and make links across river catchments. Prior to the formation of the CCM Hub Marion was the Facilitator for the NERC Knowledge Exchange Catchment Change Network (CCN). The network encouraged the exchange of best practice between stakeholders in terms of understanding and managing uncertainty related to change in river catchments across three key areas - water scarcity, flood risk and diffuse pollution. Her remit involved coordinating activities between the science and user communities, identifying new collaborative research opportunities and optimising professional development learning across a range of key science user groups.

Marion's research also includes work on an interdisciplinary project Exploring and Expanding the Student Experience with colleagues in the Lancaster Environment Centre and Educational Research. This project set out to help Lancaster University students and the institution itself to better understand the ways in which students can increase their 'employability' whilst broadening and expanding their student experience.

‘It’s everything else you do…’: alumni views on extracurricular activities and employability
Clark, G., Marsden, R., Whyatt, D., Thompson, L., Walker, M. 2015 In: Active Learning in Higher Education. 16, 2, p. 133-147. 15 p.
Journal article

Placing the flood recovery process
Whittle, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Deeming, H., Walker, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, G., Watson, N. 2014 In: Displaced heritage. Woodbridge : The Boydell Press p. 199-206. 8 p. ISBN: 9781843839637.

The flood recovery gap: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull, North East England
Medd, W., Deeming, H., Walker, G., Whittle, R., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, M., Watson, N., Kashefi, E. 2014 In: Journal of Flood Risk Management.
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‘It came up to here’: learning from children’s flood narratives
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 2014 In: Children and young people as knowledge producers. London : Routledge p. 135-150. 16 p. ISBN: 9780415740654.

'It's just like an extra string to your bow': exploring Higher Education students' perceptions and experiences of extra-curricular activity and employability
Thompson, L., Clark, G., Walker, M., Whyatt, D. 07/2013 In: Active Learning in Higher Education. 14, 2, p. 135-147. 13 p.
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NERC Final Report: The Catchment Change Network Knowledge Exchange Project
Beven, K. 12/03/2013 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 4 p.
Other report

It came up to here: learning from children's flood narratives
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran-Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 05/2012 In: Children's Geographies. 10, 2, p. 135-150. 16 p.
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Flood of emotions: emotional work and long-term disaster recovery
Whittle, R., Walker, M., Medd, W., Mort, M. 02/2012 In: Emotion, Space and Society. 5, 1, p. 60-69. 10 p.
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Suitcases, storyboards and Newsround: exploring impact and dissemination in Hull
Whittle, R., Walker, M., Medd, W. 12/2011 In: Area. 43, 4, p. 477-487. 11 p.
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Talk, technologies and teenagers : understanding the school journey using the mixed-methods approach.
Walker, M., Whyatt, J.D., Pooley, C.G., Davies, G., Coulton, P., Bamford, W. 02/2011 In: Researching Young People. London : Sage p. 141-161. 21 p. ISBN: 9781848607743.

Assembling the flood: producing spaces of bad water in the city of Hull
Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Walker, M. 2011 In: Environment and Planning A. 43, 10, p. 2304-2320. 17 p.
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Attendance and performance: correlations and motives in lecture-based modules
Clark, G., Gill, N., Walker, M., Whittle, R. 2011 In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 35, 2, p. 199-215. 17 p.
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Choice, cost and community : the hidden complexities of the rural primary school market.
Walker, M. 1/11/2010 In: Educational Management Administration and Leadership. 38, 6, p. 712-727. 16 p.
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Children and Young People 'after the rain has gone' – learning lessons for flood recovery and resilience: Hull Children's Flood Project Final Report
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran-Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 16/08/2010 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 122 p.
Other report

Parental choice and the rural primary school: lifestyle, locality and loyalty
Walker, M., Clark, G. 07/2010 In: Journal of Rural Studies. 26, 3, p. 241-249. 9 p.
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Understanding the school journey : integrating data on travel and environment.
Pooley, C.G., Whyatt, J.D., Walker, M., Davies, G., Coulton, P., Bamford, W. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 4, p. 948-965. 18 p.
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Talk, technologies and teenagers : understanding the school journey using a mixed-methods approach.
Walker, M., Whyatt, J.D., Pooley, C.G., Davies, G., Coulton, P., Bamford, W. 05/2009 In: Children's Geographies. 7, 2, p. 107-122. 16 p.
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Using mobile phones to reveal the complexities of the school journey.
Bamford, W., Coulton, P., Walker, M., Whyatt, D., Davies, G., Pooley, C. 09/2008 In: MobileHCI '08 Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services. New York : ACM p. 283-292. 10 p.

Noisy school kids : using GPS in an urban environment.
Whyatt, J.D., Davies, G., Walker, M., Pooley, C.G., Coulton, P., Bamford, W. 3/04/2008
Conference paper

ESRC End of Award Report RES-000-22-2023: Exploratory use of mobile phone technology to assess the impact of traffic-related air pollution on children on the journey to school
Whyatt, D. 28/03/2008 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 33 p.
Other report

Estimating personal exposure to air pollution on the journey to and from school using GPS, GIS and mobile phone technology.
Whyatt, J.D., Pooley, C.G., Coulton, P., Moser, M., Bamford, W., Davies, G. 07/2007 In: Harmonisation within Atmospheric Disperson Modelling for Regulatory Purposes. Cambridge : Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd p. 81-85. 5 p.