Sustainability & Environmental Change Masters (MSc): Who teaches this course
About the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
This course is delivered by the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
The School of Geography, Geology and the Environment prides itself on the high quality of its teaching, as recognised by the excellent and satisfactory awards in various subject reviews undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council.
The School has invested in developing its labs for both teaching and research, including:
- facilities for environmental monitoring, geology, geochemistry, and mapping/GIS/computing; and
- specialist instrumentation laboratories (eg nuclear metrology; laser raman spectroscopy; and 3D mapping).
Staff teaching on this course
Course director for Sustainability, Environment and Change MSc
"I completed my Applied Ecology MSc and PhD in tropical plant ecology from Stony Brook University. I did a four-year post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University in New York City and subsequent to that spent one year at the University of the Virgin Islands. I moved to the UK in 2009 when I took up a lecturing post at Nottingham Trent University. In 2010 I came to Kingston University as lecturer and in 2011 I became course director for the Sustainability, Environment and Change MSc.
As course director, I am responsible for developing the programme content to a high standard, one that is aligned with cutting-edge research in sustainability. Moreover, I am the module leader for Biodiversity and Conservation, which is closely associated with my own research. I am a conservation biologist who uses various modelling approaches to assess how global environmental change affects biodiversity and ecosystem services in developing tropical countries. My research is conducted in Madagascar.
Other members of our course team include lecturers from the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment, such as Katherine Eames, Peter Hooda, Martyn Waller and Stuart Downward. Because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the course, we also have lecturers from the School of Survey & Planning and the Law School."
Dr Peter Hooda is the module leader for Research Methods and Data Analysis. Peter has a BSc(Hons) in Agriculture and an MSc in Soil Science from the Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar (India) where subsequently he worked as a Soil Scientist for six years prior to pursuing a PhD in Environmental Biogeochemistry from London University. Before joining the School in 2001, he worked at several leading soil/environmental science research laboratories, including MLURI, Aberdeen and Lancaster University.
This interdisciplinary educational background has allowed Peter to study a wide range of topics and to develop improved understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements and nutrients in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
Peter is also the course director for the Environmental and Earth Resources Management MSc, and Sustainable Environmental Development with Management Studies MSc programmes.
Martyn Waller is professor of Biogeography at Kingston University and co-teaches on the Biodiversity and Conservation module with course director, Dr Kerry Brown. Martyn is a palynologist and ecologist with an extensive publication record in the fields of vegetation history and archaeobotany. On-going research includes investigations into the origins of the cultural landscapes of the British Isles and the Holocene evolution of the coastal wetlands of the southern North Sea region.
Dr Stephanie Mills joined the School of Geography, Geology and Environment at Kingston University in February 2010 and is the module leader for The Challenge of Climate Change.
Stephanie completed her PhD in 2006 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She joined Queen Mary University of London in January 2007 as a visiting research fellow and has also recently been a sessional lecturer for Birkbeck University London. Her research interests include glaciation of Southern Africa and the use of solar radiation modelling to identify areas most likely to have sustained glaciers during the Last Glacial Maxim.
Dr Stuart Downward is the module leader for Water Resource Management. Stuart also directs Kingston's undergraduate programmes in Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Environmental Management.
His particular research interests include river management, applied fluvial geomorphology and river-channel restoration and historical river-channel change and riverine classification.
Katherine joined Kingston University's Sustainability Hub in April 2010 and is responsible for coordinating and promoting sustainability-related research and consultancy across the University as well as assisting in the development of postgraduate programmes. Since joining the Hub she has set up a research student coffee morning series providing an informal forum for discussions and a chance for students to meet researchers from other faculties.
Katherine has a PhD in atmospheric modelling from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and a background in meteorology, climatology and oceanography, as well as a keen interest in the challenges involved with creating a sustainable society. Katherine teaches on the core module The Challenge of Climate Change.
Stephen is a senior lecturer in Kingston University's Law School and teaches on the Environmental Law and Regulation module.
Stephen is an international environmental lawyer and consultant with an environmental development consulting firm EDC. He has a wide range of experience within business, industry and law. Stephen has an LLM from London University (SOAS) and a PhD from London University (Queen Mary).
He has specific expertise in global environmental governance and is the author of A Substantive Environmental Right (Kluwer, 2009). Stephen is also the author of a new book, A Global Environmental Right (Routledge – Earthscan, 2013).
John Corkindale is the module leader for Economic Sustainability.
John is a senior researcher in the School of Surveying & Planning where he is responsible for teaching economic sustainability and conservation economics. He holds degrees in economics and related subjects from Durham and Cambridge Universities. Most of John's experience has been in an economic advisory capacity in various government departments, including HM Treasury and the (then) Department of the Environment. For the latter, he was responsible for commissioning what became known as the Pearce report on the economics of sustainable development (subsequently published in modified form as 'Blueprint for a Green Economy').
Jana Bentley teaches on the Sustainable Environmental Management module. Jana used to work as campus operations and development manager for Kingston University's Sustainability Hub, leading on issues such as environmental compliance, sustainable development, operational efficiency and sustainable procurement.
Jana now works as waste manager for KUSCO and duties involve managing the University's waste contract and dealing with issues of service delivery, efficiency, monitoring and training. Jana started this role in 2011 with more than five years' experience in environmental and health and safety management. She has an MSc in Integrated Environmental Studies from the University of Southampton and has worked as a consultant in the private, public and non-profit sectors in Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
Dr Hadrian Cook teaches on the course's Sustainable Environmental Management module. An experienced teacher and author, he is a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. His research career has widened from being a soil scientist and geologist to interests in hydrology, water resources management and protection, historic aspects of the landscape and most recently environmental policy and governance with reference to catchment groups in the voluntary sector.