Dr Nichola Harmer

Dr Nichola Harmer

Lecturer in Human Geography

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


Lecturer in Human Geography


PhD Human Geography, Plymouth University, 2013.

MA Politics (International Relations), University of Exeter, 1993.
BA (Hons) American Studies (Literature), University of Sussex, 1989.
PGCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Plymouth 2017

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG

Fellow of Advance HE

Teaching interests

I teach on a range of core Geography modules, including Stage One Introduction to Practising Geography (GGX1202), the immersive Stage One Sustainable Futures module (GEES1003PP), and the Stage Two Ireland field trip. I am a personal tutor across the undergraduate stages for our Geography with International Relations students. I lead and teach a Stage Four Political Geography module (GGH3206) on the development and challenges to the modern state. I supervise undergraduate dissertations in Human Geography and supervise masters level dissertations in International Relations and Sustainable Environmental Management. I also teach on the in MRes Human Geography. I am currently Director of Studies for one PhD student researching identity narratives in river borderlands and I am second supervisor for a second PhD student who is examining the impacts of fracking on rural communities in the UK. 

Key publications are highlighted

Stokes AJ & Harmer N 2018 'The value of 'having a go': Trialling a project-based learning activity to inform curriculum design' Journal of Geoscience Education 66, (4) , DOI PEARL
Harmer NA 2018 'Spaces of concern: Parliamentary discourse on Britain's overseas territories' Geographical Journal , DOI PEARL
Holton MJW & Harmer N 2018 '“You don't want to peer over people's shoulders, it feels too rude!”: the moral geographies of using participants’ personal smartphones in research' Area 51, (1) 131-141 , DOI PEARL
Inderberg THJ, Bailey I & Harmer N 2017 'Designing New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme' Global Environmental Politics 17, (3) 31-50 , DOI PEARL
Harmer NA 2017 'Crude geopolitics: territory and governance in post-peak oil imaginaries' Territory, Politics, Governance , DOI PEARL
Harmer NA & Stokes A 2016 '“Choice may not necessarily be a good thing”: student attitudes to autonomy in interdisciplinary project-based learning in GEES disciplines' Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40, (4) , DOI PEARL
Caprotti F, Springer C & Harmer NA 2015 '‘ECO’ FOR WHOM? Envisioning Eco-urbanism in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, China' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , DOI
Tyrrell N & Harmer NA 2015 'A good move? Young people’s comparisons of rural and urban living in Britain' Childhood , DOI
Kelly CL, Ferrara A, Wilson GA, Ripullone F, Nolè A, Harmer N & Salvati L 2015 'Community resilience and land degradation in forest and shrublandsocio-ecological systems: Evidence from Gorgoglione, Basilicata, Italy' Land Use Policy 46, 11-20 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Harmer NA, Gaskarth J & Gibb R 2015 'Distant Relations: Identity and Materiality in Elite Discourse on Britain's Overseas Territories' Global Society , DOI
Harmer N & Rahman S 2014 'Climate Change Response at the Farm Level: A Review of Farmers’ Awareness and Adaptation Strategies in Developing Countries' Geography Compass 8, (11) 808-822 , DOI PEARL
Harmer NA & Stokes A 2014 'The Benefits and Challenges of Project-Based Learning: a Review of the Literature' PedRIO Paper 6 Publisher Site
CAPROTTI F & Harmer NA 2017 '‘Spatialising urban sustainability transitions: eco-cities, multilevel perspectives and the political ecology of scale in the Bohai Rim, China'' in Frantzeskaki N; Castan-Broto E; Coenen L; Loorbach D Urban Sustainability Transitions Routledge
Inderberg THJ, Bailey I & Harmer NA 2017 'Adopting and designing New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme' in Wettestad J; Gulbrandsen LH The Evolution of Carbon Markets: Design and Diffusion London and New York Routledge 105-123