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Seminar – UC’s 2000th Erskine Fellow Prof Jon Shaw – ‘Researching everyday access across different spatial scales’

Professor Jon Shaw is presenting a seminar on Monday 23 March at 12noon at UC in room ER263 (aka Learning Space), 2nd floor Ernest Rutherford building.


Jon Shaw is a Professor at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Plymouth in England. He teaches classes and conducts research in his specialist field of transport, travel and mobility. This research ultimately ends up being published as books, academic journal articles and policy and / or consultancy reports. His latest book, Transport Matters, was published by Policy Press in October 2019. Jon holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography, a PG Dip in Social Science Research and a PhD in Human Geography. He is currently a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.


Providing people easy access to jobs, services, leisure and other opportunities is one of the most important roles of transport policy. Policy makers consider a range of issues, not just in relation to the availability of transport modes, but also in relation to the places people move through and ultimately want to get to. Using data from different studies undertaken at completely different spatial scales, I will look at accessibility issues faced by older people, joggers and people of restricted mobility. The lessons we take from these studies show the importance of a genuinely integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, recognising the extent to which transport and mobility concerns are at the heart of any proper considerations of quality of life for everyone.


Postgraduate study options: college of science

Are you in your final year of study at UC, wondering what your next steps might be? Now’s the time to start thinking about postgraduate study options and what benefits it could bring to yourself and your career.

The College of Science are offering postgraduate study options to give you specialist skills and applied experience. Below is a list of job-focused, specialised science masters degrees created to meet industry demand:

Master of Spatial Analysis for Public Health – Graduates with geospatial science, data and health analytical skills will find work as spatial analysts, health policy makers, GIS software developers for roles in DHBs, health ministries, and other public health sector organisations.

Master of Geospatial Science and Technology – develop advanced skills in GIS and location data analysis for leadership roles in government, industry, and research.

Master of Water Resource Management – learn how to develop innovative and effective methods for the sustainable management of water.

Master of Urban Resilience and Renewal – graduates will find careers in environmental management, disaster risk reduction, hazard management, environmental consulting and well as local and regional government.

Professional Master of Engineering Geology – is a multidisciplinary area applying geological sciences to engineering work, identifying and mitigating geological hazards and aspects of land-use planning.

Master of Disaster, Risk and Resilience – graduates are working in consultancies locally and internationally, in NZ Crown Research Institutes, in the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management, in regional Civil Defence and Emergency management Groups, and in the private sector.

For advice about these programmes, please contact sciencepgadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

For more information, visit the 2020 Postgraduate Prospectus or the postgraduate information website> 

Fully funded PhD position on Antarctic science-policy links

We are advertising for a fully-funded PhD position that focuses on the science-policy nexus in an Antarctic context.

The due date for expressions of interest is 8 November 2019 (to be directed to Dr Neil Gilbert), and we anticipate a start date in late 2019 or early 2020.

Please click here for more information.

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