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Dr Max Hope

About Dr Max Hope

Max is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Planning who joined the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology from Ulster University in March 2016.

His research and teaching focus on social challenges and implications of contemporary environmental change and in particular the role played by grassroots actors and non-governmental organisations in environmental governance. Key issues include vulnerability to natural hazards (earthquakes, flooding), sustainable development, climate change adaption and resilience, and motivations for environmentally friendly behaviour. He is particularly interested in the relationship between expert-led and community-led responses to these challenges and related issues of knowledge exchange and co-production.

Current Teaching

Max teaches on the BA (Hons) Human Geography and BA (Hons) Human Geography and Planning programmes. His research into teaching and learning focuses on education for sustainable development and geography fieldwork pedagogies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He has recently supervised PhDs on:

  • Community earthquake/tsunami disaster risk reduction in Sumatra
  • Household energy behaviours in post conflict Northern Ireland
  • The ‘community effect’ in community-led environmentally friendly behaviour
  • Geo-science humanitarian knowledge exchange for disaster risk reduction
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Research Interests

Max is part of a Natural Environment Research Council project working with Concern Worldwide to develop an aftershock forecasting tool to inform humanitarian emergency planning and response. Earthquakes can’t be predicted but it is increasingly possible to forecast the aftershocks that occur after a major earthquake. This tool will be useful to humanitarian non-government organisations co-ordinating emergency response activities in post-earthquake situations.

He is also working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council and Heritage Lottery Funded project to evaluate community heritage projects as a mechanism for skills and knowledge transfer to enhance community sustainability. He is particularly interested in ways contested heritage hinders pathways to community resilience and other structural barriers to the latter.

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