The Faculty of Environment “Pathways” Athena SWAN Seminar Series

  • Date:
  • Time: 1.00 pm
  • Venue: Seminar Room 1, 8.119b, School of Earth and Environment

The speaker will be Dr Kate Pangbourne. Kate (52) is a University Academic Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies. She has an MA (Hons) in Philosophy with English Literature from University of Edinburgh (1988), an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development from University of Aberdeen (2003) and a geography PhD investigating Scottish transport governance (2010), also Aberdeen. She started out in private sector administration (Marine Harvest), before switching to the public sector (Scottish Natural Heritage) where she spent eleven years, before heading back to university. With 6 years’ experience as a post-doctoral researcher, traversing disciplines and departments at the University of Aberdeen, she achieved the award of a five year EPSRC Living with Environmental Change personal fellowship in 2016, hosted by the Institute of Transport Studies here at University of Leeds. Kate is also the current Chair of the Transport Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG. Her ADAPT project is investigating argumentation in travel behaviour change communications and associated issues such as communicating preparedness for disruption from severe weather and personalised behaviour change campaigns using persuasive technology. Kate has two children (19 and 13) and juggles working in Leeds with living with her partner and youngest child in Aberdeenshire. Her eldest child is a first year social sciences undergraduate at Edinburgh Napier University.

The focus of this Pathways seminar is two-fold, covering non-standard academic career paths (being older, being interdisciplinary) and managing family issues with long distance commuting. Kate will also reflect on how her personal experiences (including mental health and significant bereavement) informed her decision to step forward to be Equality and Inclusion Coordinator for ITS. 

To register, please email Samantha Haynes

This event is open to all staff and students. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

About “Pathways”

The Pathways series is designed to support and reflect the Faculty’s Athena SWAN aims and ambitions, and will initially focus on academic career development and support. We plan to broaden the series’ remit over the coming year.

We aim to bring you speakers from across the Faculty and Campus, to help illustrate the many and varied career paths people take and show that there is no one right way. We will also have information-based sessions.