Green London Field Week
As a geographer/environmental scientist you all already know how important field work is to our research. At QMUL your first official week of learning involves a LOT of fieldwork – talk about throwing you in the deep end! The Green London Field Week is a fantastic way of exploring the city of your university as well as learning about your fellow group members. This post is designed to be your guide in making the most out of your week.
Aims of this field week:
- To inspire ideas and expose you to various research methods
- Allow you to understand how humans and non-humans co-exist in these green but urban spaces
Here is what’s expected of you:
- During this week you will need to be present and punctual to all of your field work locations. Your field work is conducted in small groups.
- Tip: Something that would benefit you greatly is to look for your fellow group members early on. You can shout out your group letter after the Green London introductory lecture and seek out your fellow group members (something I was way too shy to do!) or, for all of you who, (like me) prefer a quieter approach, email the list of names you see in your information booklet. Regardless of how you find one another, make sure you exchange numbers and create some sort of group (commonly done through ‘whatsapp’). This way you can instantly contact each other and since you’ll be working with one another a lot – communication is paramount!
- Tip: Whether you’re new to London or not, plan your journey! Use the TFL (Transport for London) or Google maps sites to help you get around and maintain punctuality. TFL link: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ . Google maps link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps .
- You’ll also be given a list of questions to keep in mind when looking at the different locations you’re sent to, this includes questions like: “What sort of green and blue spaces and forms of biodiversity exist in London?”, “What is the value of ‘nature’ in the city?” and “How do green spaces and forms of biodiversity vary in different boroughs?”
- Tip: Make sure you carry a small notebook with you to take down anything and everything that’s relevant – this will be of great benefit to you when you start your assignment.
- Tip: Take pictures of anything that appears relevant – this is vital for your presentations.
- The ultimate expectation of you is to work hard and absorb as much information as you can – this will surely be an eye opening and informative week, enjoy it!
The following images are linked to further useful posts addressing every segment of this week. (Click on the appropriate image for further info)
Hope this helped –