Dr Agatha Herman

Dr Agatha Herman

Lecturer in Human Geography (Geography of Development)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Technology)


I contribute to:

  • GGH101 Introducing Human Geography: Globalisation, Population and Development
  • GGX102 Fieldwork Skills in South West England
  • GGX2106 Geographical Research: Principles and Practice
  • GGX2109 Brittany Field Course
  • GGH304 Rural Development in Developing Economies

I am currently the module leader for:

  • GGH100 Practising Human Geography

Previously, I was also the module leader for:

  • GGH203 The Third World
  • IRL508 Globalisation and Regional Development

In addition, I am a dissertation advisor to both undergraduate and Masters level students, as well as being the personal tutor for students at all stages of their undergraduate programme.


2011 – present     Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Plymouth

2011                       Research Assistant, University of the West of England

2010 – 2011         Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Planning, University of Groningen

2006 – 2010         PhD in Human Geography, University of Exeter

2005 – 2006         MSc in Society and Space, University of Bristol

2002 – 2005         BSc (Hons) in Geography, University of Bristol

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

Committee Member of the RGS-IBG 'Geographies of Justice' Research Group (2010 - present)

Research interests

My research interests are broadly focused on issues of equality and social justice with a particular focus on ethical geographies.  My research to date has explored the South African wine industry, particularly the interactions, articulations and power relations of the ethical discourses of 'fairness' and 'empowerment' through four wine commodity networks.  I am currently interested in how discourses of empowerment are deployed within British institutional settings, particularly in how these can contribute to sustainable re-integration for former offenders and ex-military personnel.

Herman, A. (2012). Tactical Ethics: how the discourses of Fairtrade and Black Economic Empowerment change and interact in wine networks from South Africa to the UK.  Geoforum, 43, pp. 1121-1130.

Herman, A., J.Beaumont, P. Cloke and A. Walliser (2012) ‘Spaces of engagement in postsecularcities’. In Beaumont, J., Cloke, P. and J. Vranken (eds) Faith, Welfare andExclusion in European Cities: the FBO phenomenon, Bristol: The PolicyPress.

Herman, A. (2011).The Uneasy Researcher: negotiating the methodological challenges of qualitative research in the complex terrain of South Africa. Working Paper. Available from:http://start2finishresearch.com/articles/working-papers/.

Herman, A. (2010).Connecting the Complex ‘Lived’ World(s) of Fairtrade.  Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 12(4), pp. 405-422.

Herman, A. (2010).Death has a Touch of Class: society and space in Brookwood Cemetery (1853-1903). Journal of Historical Geography, 36(3), pp. 305-314.

Under review

Herman, A. ‘Eventually we will get there…’: transformation andempowerment in the South African wine industry. Under review in Environment and Planning A.