Joseph Hewitt

Joseph Hewitt


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    I am a Human Geography lecturer at Coventry with a focus on development geography, teaching across a range of modules on the BA Geography course. My academic background includes an undergraduate degree in Human Geography, an MSc in International Development and a PhD in Development Geography, while professionally I have undertaken employment as a research assistant, teaching associate and assistant lecture. I have taught undergraduate and masters students and conducted both qualitative and quantitative research associated with issues experienced by disadvantaged populations in developing countries.

    At Coventry University, I teach on undergraduate modules including Development, Culture and Change and People and Place, and the International Fieldwork visit to The Gambia. I have experience delivering lectures and running seminars and workshops on many subdisciplines within geography including urban, social, political, financial and environmental geography. In addition, I act as a dissertation supervisor and personal tutor to a number of students on this course.

    I have significant international fieldwork experience, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. My PhD, which explored access to microfinance as a means of increasing income for people with physical disabilities, was based in Kampala, Uganda. In my time employed as a research assistant, I worked in Tanzania and Nepal, examining biogas plant adoption and abandonment trends. I also have experience conducting research in Ghana and Kenya.

    My research is published in academic journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Development in Practice and Energy Policy. I have presented my research at both the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual International Conference in London and the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.   

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD Development Geography, University of Nottingham


    MSc International Development, University of Birmingham


    BA Human Geography, Leeds Beckett University



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