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Agatha Herman

Dr Agatha Herman

Senior Lecturer

School of Geography and Planning

+44 29208 74728
Glamorgan Building, Room 1.81, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a human geographer with interests in the geographies of ethics and justice; in particular, my research explores and analyses questions and relations of power, social resilience and social practices through a focus on production spaces. I have investigated these through a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2014-17), which focused on the Fairtrade wine industry, and currently through an RGS Environment and Sustainability funded project on tanzanite mining.

I am also interested in issues around personal transitions and liminal spaces and communities, which I have engaged with through a previous focus on military geographies (specifically on experiences of post-military life) and a current British Academy-Leverhulme Trust funded project on people living on canal boats.













Book sections



2022-2023 - RGS-IBG Environment and Sustainability grant of £15000 with Dr Thomas A. Smith (Co-I, Cardiff University) for a project entitled 'Pathways to Just and Sustainable Development Practices through Tanzanite Mining and Production'.

2019-2021 - BA/Leverhulme small grant of £9790 with Prof. Richard Yarwood (PI, Plymouth University) for a project entitled 'Canal boat living: mobile citizenship, moor regulation and social exclusion'.

2014-2017 - Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (2014-2017) for a project entitled ' The Power of Fairtrade: resilience, ethical development and wine networks'.


My current teaching centres on socio-cultural, economic and political issues within international development as well as methods teaching. I have also developed and led a final year field study vist to South Africa (2020).

Previously, I have supported teaching on cultural geographies and a field study visit to Tanzania at undergraduate level, as well as being the programme director for the MSc in Food Politics and Sustainability, which ran until 2020.  I have also taught research methods and food geographies at masters level.



  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Plymouth University (2012)
  • PhD in Human Geography, University of Exeter (with affiliation to the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) (2010)
  • MSc in Society and Space, University of Bristol (2006)
  • BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Bristol (2005)

Honours and awards

2014      Ruralia Visiting Scholar, Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki (2014/15)

2014     British Council Researcher Links Travel Grant to University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

2013     Ruralia Visiting Scholar, Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki (2013/14)

Professional memberships

  • Treasurer and founder member of the Food Geographies Working Group, RGS-IBG
  • Treasurer of the Geographies of Justice Research Group, RGS-IBG
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

Academic positions

2016 - present: Lecturer /Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

2013-2016: Lecturer in Human Geography & Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow , Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

2011-2013: Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University

2011: Research Assistant, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England

2010: Postdoctoral Contract Researcher, Department of Planning, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Committees and reviewing

2018 -     Founding editor of the Bristol University Press book series ' Spaces and Practices of Justice'.

2018 -     Member of the UKRI FLF Peer Review College


  • Reviewer grant: AHRC and ESRC
  • Monograph and edited volume reviewer: Academic Press/Elsevier; Pearson Education; Rowman & Littlefield International; Springer.
  • Journal reviewer: Agriculture and Human Values; Southern Africa Anthropology; Area; Gender, Place and Culture; Geoforum; Geography; Geography Compass; GeoHumanities; Human Geography; International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food; Journal of Cultural Economy; Journal of Historical Geography; Journal of Political Ecology; Journal of Rural Studies; Landscape and Urban Planning; Local Environment; Millennium; Social and Cultural Geography; Third World Quarterly.


I am currently the second supervisor to Barbora Adlerova and would be interested in supervising PhD students engaging with social and justice issues in - but not limited to:

  • Food politics, ethics and justice
  • Fairtrade/fair trade
  • Agricultural production
  • Power, empowerment and international development
  • Social resilience
  • Liminal communities
  • South Africa, Latin America and Europe

External profiles