Dr Alexandra GormallyLecturer in Subsurface and Society
Ally is a human geographer with a background in energy geographies. She has undertaken research across the energy sphere including recent work on the role of invisible energy policy in Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) and is a part of the Supergen Energy Storage Network +. Additionally, much of Ally's emerging research involves exploring the relationship between social and earth processes with a specific focus on the underground. This often has an energy theme but not exclusively so and recent work has involved exploring the conceptualization of subsurface governance. This profile of research has in part been developed through an ongoing collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS) and takes a critical perspective exploring societal interactions with the subsurface.
Ally often takes an interdisciplinary approach in her research, working collaboratively with other disciplines. This began during her doctoral research which was funded by a competitively won studentship from the UK Energy Research Centre and took an interdisciplinary approach to assessing renewable energy potential in upland communities. Since then she has worked collaboratively with geoscientists, engineers and computer scientists and has also been involved in research with Energy Lancaster, a cross-faculty research centre that aims to address societal challenges around sustainability and security of energy. Ally now leads Energy Lancaster's theme on 'Energy & Society'.
Ally mainly teaches on LEC's UG Geography programme including:
- LEC 227 'Geosocial Spaces' which explores society's relationship with earth processes (convenor)
- LEC 304 'Geography Joint Honours - Extended Essay' module (convenor)
- LEC 217 'Communicating Geography' school placement (convenor)
- LEC210a 'Geographical Pioneers and Concepts; Qualitative stream' (contributor)
- LEC 101 'Global Environmental Challenges' (contributor)
In addition to this, she has a number of both UG and PG dissertation students exploring topics such as the use of subterranean spaces in cities, the role of social media in natural hazard response, Governance of groundwater in the UK, the Value of geology in settlement patterns and Community Energy, amongst others.
- Jack Hemingway, exploring the Resilience of Groundwater Governance in Southern Africa. This is in collaboration with BGS and funded through the ESRC NWSSDTP.
- Lydia Parsons, exploring Subterranean Spaces; Critical Approaches to Underground Urban Development. Funded through a Faculty of Science and Technology Studentship award.
PhD students funded through the Centre for Global and Eco-Innovation:
- Kathy New, looking at adaptive thermal comfort in non-domestic building
- Caitlin Thompson, looking at micro-hydro in rural Kenya
Masters by Research students:
- Mike Lusty, looking at the role of citizen science in coastal management (completed).
- Stephen King, exploring the underlying tensions in delivering long-term collaborations for clean and sustianable growth
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)
Secretary of the RGS-IBG Energy Geographies Research Group http://www.energygeographies.org @EnergyGeography
- FST Research Grant (£2.5k) 'Scoping Project - Energy from Magma; The Re-Imagination of Subsurface Opportunities' Jan-July 2018
- LEC-BGS 'Society and Subsurface' collaboration 2016-2019
CASE:Exploring the Resilience of Groundwater Governance in Malawi - Jack Hemingway
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- Critical Geographies
- Energy Lancaster