Alma Clavin

Alma Clavin


Personal statement

Dr. Alma Clavin completed her undergraduate degree in Geography (Trinity College Dublin) and her Masters in Town & Country Planning (Queens University Belfast). She then worked for a number of public, private and non-governmental organisations in Ireland and the UK on planning, energy and sustainability issues. Since completing her thesis at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (Oxford Brookes University), Alma has taught Geography at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Northampton.

Alma’s academic background, although rooted in the discipline of Geography, is interdisciplinary in nature, merging the fields of Geography, Architecture, Planning and Design. She has a particular interest in the impacts of local urban environments on human agency and wellbeing, often focussing her research on wellbeing impacts of urban food growing. Her current post as Lecturer in Human Geography at BSU reflects her additional research interest in critical pedagogy and critical participative enquiry in urban areas.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Mod.) Geography (Trinity College Dublin)
  • MSc. (Town and Country Planning) Queens University Belfast
  • PhD (Architecture) Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Other external roles

  • Member of EU COST Action Urban
  • Allotment Gardens in Europe Network.

Teaching specialism

  • Wellbeing in urban environments
  • Urban Agriculture (UA)
  • Urban geography
  • Qualitative methods.

Research impact

In taking a field based learning approach, there is great benefit in integrating built environment and sustainability research with teaching activities.

In particular, projects examining urban food growing (e.g. Backtofront.org.uk) have multiple impacts for both research/teaching staff, students and the community. 

Research supervision

Dr. Alma Clavin is interested in supervising students examining topics such as:

  • urban food growing
  • wellbeing impacts of urban environments
  • urban green space
  • sustainable design
  • urban regeneration and
  • urban gentrification.

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