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Dr

Rebecca Schaaf

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Personal statement

I am the Deputy Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching at Bath Spa University, and my role focuses particularly on enhancement of learning and teaching across the institution. My background is in the subject of geography, specifically around issues of poverty, wellbeing and sustainability. I studied geography at the University of Birmingham, development geography at the University of Liverpool, and completed my PhD at the University of Bath. My doctoral research used a wellbeing framework to explore the processes and outcomes of community group membership in a village in Northeast Thailand.

This research has contributed to my teaching at Bath Spa, as I am interested in all aspects of the development process, from issues of sustainability and environmental change, to the politics of collective action, poverty alleviation and enhancing wellbeing. I have also been involved in research focusing on the teaching of geography, effective assessment and feedback strategies, and methods of supporting students while on overseas fieldwork, and during work-based learning placements.

My other research interests and publications centre around the role of development organisations and the creation and effectiveness of partnerships for international development. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.

Academic qualifications

  • MA University of Liverpool
  • BA University of Birmingham
  • PhD University of Bath
  • PGCert Bath Spa University

Professional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education (Bath Spa University, 2009)

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of itish Geographers (RGS-IBG).
  • Bath Spa University Promising Researcher Fellowship, Feb 2008

Conference Presentations

  • Schaaf, R. Wellbeing of Places? Exploring collective wellbeing. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, New York, 2012
  • Simm, D., Marvell, A. and Schaaf, R. Evaluating student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 2011.
  • Marvell, A., Winlow, H., Simm, D. and Schaaf, R. Student Experiences of Foundation Degrees in Further and Higher Education. GEES conference, University of Plymouth, 7-9th July 2010
  • Schaaf, R., Skellern, A. and Haslett, S. Google Earth and Sustainable Development Education: examples from human and physical geography. GEES conference, University of Plymouth, 7-9th July 2010
  • Simm, D. and Schaaf, R. Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork - Poster presentation. GEES conference, University of Plymouth, 7-9th July 2010
  • 'Place Matters: aspirations and experiences of wellbeing in NE Thailand', Paper presented at the Wellbeing and Place Conference, Durham University, April 2009
  • 'Whose Wellbeing? Experiences and outcomes of community groups in Northeast Thailand', Paper presented at the Department of Social and Communication Studies Conference, University of Chester, March 2009
  • 'Do Groups Matter? Using a wellbeing framework to understand collective activities in Northeast Thailand.', Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, DARG session, London, 27th August, 2008
  • 'Developing as One: Community groups and the construction of wellbeing in Northeast', Paper presented at the ASEASUK Conference, Liverpool, 20-22 June 2008
  • 'Relational Harmony or Economic Efficiency', Poster presented at the Wellbeing in International Development Conference, University of Bath, 28-30 June 2007
  • 'Constructing wellbeing through community groups: a view from Northeast Thailand', Paper presented at the Political Studies Association Conference, University of Bath, 12 April 2007
  • 'Balancing wellbeing through community groups: Exploring individual and collective behaviour within a context of rapid change in Thailand', Paper delivered at the ASEASUK Conference, Emerging Scholars Panel, Oxford, 16 September 2006
  • 'Individual and Collective Wellbeing: Exploring the role of community groups in the construction of wellbeing in Northeast Thailand', Paper delivered at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Health and Wellbeing Session, London, 1 September 2006.
  • 'Participation and the Diversity of Wellbeing Experiences in NE Thailand', Paper presented at the School of Science and the Environment Seminar Series, Bath Spa University, March 2006
  • 'Wellbeing and Collective Action: Preliminary findings from a village study in NE Thailand', Presentation at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, 26 August 2005

Research and academic outputs

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Development organizations
book

Schaaf, R (2013) Development organizations. Routledge Perspectives on Development . Routledge. ISBN 9780415667319


Using focus group research to support teaching and learning
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Marvell, A and Schaaf, R (2016) 'Using focus group research to support teaching and learning.' In: Haigh, M, Cotton, D and Hall, T, eds. Pedagogic research in geography higher education. Routledge, London, pp. 100-111. ISBN 9781138962088


Place Matters: aspirations and experiences of wellbeing in Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2012) 'Place Matters: aspirations and experiences of wellbeing in Northeast Thailand.' In: Atkinson, S, Fuller, S and Painter, J, eds. Wellbeing and Place. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 155-170. ISBN 9781409420606


Enhancing the supervision of overseas fieldwork using student feedback
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Cooper, D (2007) 'Enhancing the supervision of overseas fieldwork using student feedback.' In: Them and us. HEA-GEES, Plymouth, p. 9.


Geography and art: encountering place across disciplines
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Schaaf, R, Worrall-Hood, J and Jones, O (2017) 'Geography and art: encountering place across disciplines.' Cultural Geographies, 24 (2). pp. 319-327. ISSN 1474-4740


The rhetoric and reality of partnerships for international development
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Schaaf, R (2015) 'The rhetoric and reality of partnerships for international development.' Geography Compass, 9 (2). pp. 68-80. ISSN 1749-8198


Students as scholars: evaluating student-led learning and teaching during fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R, Marvell, A and Harper, R (2013) 'Students as scholars: evaluating student-led learning and teaching during fieldwork.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (4). pp. 547-566. ISSN 0309-8265


Foundation degrees in Geography and Tourism: a critical reflection on student experiences and the implications for undergraduate degree courses
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2012) 'Foundation degrees in Geography and Tourism: a critical reflection on student experiences and the implications for undergraduate degree courses.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (4). pp. 563-583. ISSN 0309-8265


Using focus group research to support teaching and learning
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2012) 'Using focus group research to support teaching and learning.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (2). pp. 292-303. ISSN 0309-8265


Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) 'Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education.' Planet, 24. pp. 2-9. ISSN 1473-1835


Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2011) 'Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork.' Planet, 24. pp. 30-36. ISSN 1473-1835


Financial efficiency or relational harmony? Microfinance through community groups in Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2010) 'Financial efficiency or relational harmony? Microfinance through community groups in Northeast Thailand.' Progress in Development Studies, 10 (2). pp. 115-129. ISSN 1464-9934


Do groups matter? Using a wellbeing framework to understand collective activities in Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2010) 'Do groups matter? Using a wellbeing framework to understand collective activities in Northeast Thailand.' Oxford Development Studies, 38 (2). pp. 241-257. ISSN 1360-0818


The European migration crisis: drivers, flows, impacts and strategies
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Schaaf, R (2016) The European migration crisis: drivers, flows, impacts and strategies. In: Belfast International Arts Festival, 11 - 29 October 2016, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


The European migration crisis: drivers, flows, impacts and strategies
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Schaaf, R (2016) The European migration crisis: drivers, flows, impacts and strategies. In: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Lecture Series, 24 February 2016, BRLSI, Bath, UK.


Food and wellbeing: Send A Cow in Africa
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Schaaf, R (2015) Food and wellbeing: Send A Cow in Africa. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2015, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.


Student-led learning and teaching on international fieldtrips
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Marvell, A, Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2014) Student-led learning and teaching on international fieldtrips. In: Geographical Association Annual Conference, 14 - 16 April 2014, University of Surrey.


Wellbeing of places? Exploring collective wellbeing
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Schaaf, R (2012) Wellbeing of places? Exploring collective wellbeing. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 24-28 February 2012, New York City.


Student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) Student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork. In: GEES Subject Centre Conference 2011: Teaching and Learning for GEES Students, 1 July 2011, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.


Evaluating student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2011) Evaluating student-led learning and engagement with place on international fieldwork. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 31 August - 2 September 2011, Kensington Gore, London.


Engaging students: revisiting the use of student writing for subject newsletters
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Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Chaffey, N (2011) Engaging students: revisiting the use of student writing for subject newsletters. In: HEA/GEES Subject Centre Conference, 30 June - 1 July 2011, Birmingham.


Google Earth and sustainable development education: examples from human and physical geography
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Skellern, A, Schaaf, R, Haslett, S.K and Norcliffe, D (2010) Google Earth and sustainable development education: examples from human and physical geography. In: GEES 10th Anniversary Conference, 7-9 July 2010, University of Plymouth.


Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education
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Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2010) Student experiences of foundation degrees in further and higher education. In: GEES Subject Centre 10th Anniversary Conference - “GEES Learning and Teaching to 2020”, 9 July 2010, University of Plymouth.


Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork
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Simm, D and Schaaf, R (2010) Providing specialist support to peers: evaluating a student mentoring scheme for semi-independent overseas fieldwork. In: GEES Subject Centre 10th Anniversary Conference - “GEES Learning and Teaching to 2020”, 8 July 2010, University of Plymouth.


Place matters: aspirations and experiences of wellbeing in NE Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2009) Place matters: aspirations and experiences of wellbeing in NE Thailand. In: Well-being and Place: An International Conference, 7-9 April 2009, Durham University.


Whose wellbeing? Experiences and outcomes of community groups in Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2009) Whose wellbeing? Experiences and outcomes of community groups in Northeast Thailand. In: Department of Social and Communication Studies Conference, March 2009, University of Chester.


Developing as one: community groups in the construction of wellbeing in northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2008) Developing as one: community groups in the construction of wellbeing in northeast Thailand. In: ASEASUK Conference, 20-22 June 2008, Liverpool John Moores University.


Relational harmony or economic efficiency
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Schaaf, R (2007) Relational harmony or economic efficiency. In: Wellbeing in International Development Conference, 28-30 June 2007, University of Bath, Bath.


Constructing wellbeing through community groups: a view from Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2007) Constructing wellbeing through community groups: a view from Northeast Thailand. In: Political Studies Association Conference, 12 April 2007, University of Bath.


Balancing wellbeing through community groups: exploring individual and collective behaviour within a context of rapid change in Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2006) Balancing wellbeing through community groups: exploring individual and collective behaviour within a context of rapid change in Thailand. In: ASEASUK Conference, 15-17 September 2006, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford.


Individual and collective wellbeing: exploring the role of community groups in the construction of wellbeing in Northeast Thailand
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Schaaf, R (2006) Individual and collective wellbeing: exploring the role of community groups in the construction of wellbeing in Northeast Thailand. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 1 September 2006, London.


Lauren C. Heberle And Susan M. Opp (eds). Local sustainable development in a globalised world (UK: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 316). [book review]
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Schaaf, R (2011) Lauren C. Heberle And Susan M. Opp (eds). Local sustainable development in a globalised world (UK: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 316). [book review]. Journal of International Development, 23 (1). pp. 156-157. ISSN 0954-1748


'Can NGOs make a difference? The challenge of development alternatives' edited by A. J. Bebbington, S. Hickey, and D. C. Mitlin [book review]
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Schaaf, R (2010) 'Can NGOs make a difference? The challenge of development alternatives' edited by A. J. Bebbington, S. Hickey, and D. C. Mitlin [book review]. Progress in Development Studies, 10 (2). p. 187. ISSN 1464-9934


'Poverty strategies in Asia: a growth plus approach' edited by J. Weiss and H. A. Khan [book review]
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Schaaf, R (2008) 'Poverty strategies in Asia: a growth plus approach' edited by J. Weiss and H. A. Khan [book review]. Progress in Development Studies, 8 (4). pp. 379-380. ISSN 1464-9934


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