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Sophie Blackburn

PhD student, Department of Geography, King's College London.


Sophie is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at KCL, with a penchant for extreme weather and geophysical phenomena. Being technologically incompetent however means her work focuses on the social aspects of disaster. She loves travel and fieldwork and her research has most recently led to 8 months conducting interviews amongst tsunami-affected communities in South India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Research profile here

Talk summary:

Sophie is a third year PhD student in the Geography department, and this year spent 8 1/2 months in south India and the Andaman islands, collecting data on the impact of the 2004 tsunami on coastal communities. Having never been to India before starting the PhD and - hence - being a victim of considerable culture shock,  the journey that ensued was one of highs and lows, tears and tantrums, true enlightenment and utter bewilderment. Sophie's presentation will focus on her experiences in the Andamans, working in some truly remote islands where cows roam the streets and saltwater crocodiles prowl the waters. In her talk sophie will share some of her most valuable lessons learnt (aside from the 'research' of course...) - including that crocodiles enjoy the beach, masala is not curry, and cows always have right of way.

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