Curriculum Vitae

University Education

2011 - 2015 University of Birmingham

MSci Geography, 1st Class Honours

2015 - 2019 University of Birmingham

PhD in Geography and Environmental Science (ESRC funded)

Posts Held

Postdoctoral Researcher (2019 - present)

Meaningful Mobility: a novel approach to movement within and between places in later life - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, ERC. 

Doctoral Researcher (2015 - 2019)

Embodying Heritage: A Biosocial Investigation into Urban Conservation Areas - University of Birmingham, ESRC

Research Assistant (2017 - 2018)

Soviet Climate Science and its Intellectual Legacies - University of Birmingham, AHRC.

GIS Associate (2018)

Organisations, staff support and the dynamics and quality of social work practice: A qualitative longitudinal study of child protection work - University of Birmingham, ESRC.

Co-Investigator (2017)

Affective Capture: the implications of new technologies for researching embodied emotions - University of Birmingham, pump-primer fund.

Research Assistant (2016)

Exploring Virtual Landscapes: Examing stimulation during video game navigation - University of Birmingham, unfunded

Research Assistant (2016)

Make/Shift/Flickr - University of Birmingham, Radical Sabbatical. 

Research Assistant (2016)

Stories of Change: The past, present & future of energy - University of Birmingham, AHRC

GIS Consultant (2016)

City Region Economic & Development Institute (City REDI) - University of Birmingham

Teaching Experience

 Posts held:

  • Lecturer in Demography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (2019 - present)

  • Teaching Associate, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science - 2017 - 2019

  • Visiting Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science - 2018

  • Post-graduate Demonstrator, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science - 2015 - 2017 

  • Visiting Lecturer, Environmental Health - 2015

Teaching Lead:

  • ‘Therapeutic Landscapes’ trip – Rotterdam Field Course (Level-1)

  • 'Sensing place' - Research Methods: Birmingham Field Course (Level-2)

  • ‘Brexit and the EU’ Seminar Series – Social & Political Geography (Level-2)

  • 'GIS Techniques for Environmental Health' module - Environmental Protection, Environmental Health (PGT)

  • ‘Mobile Methods’ lecture – Research Methods for Human Geographers (Level-2)

  • 'Mobile Methods' lecture - Research Methods: Environmental Health (PGT)

  • Podcast in ‘Moving with Young Children’ module, Victoria University, Australia.

Teaching Awards:

  • PGR Teaching Academy Award, 2017 

Workshops & Conferences


  • Virtual Worlds - University of Birmingham 2019 (co-organised with Hannah Awcock, Phil Jones, Adam Packer).

  • Applied Memory: Putting affective and embodied methods into practice on the National Mall – AAG 2019, Washington D.C. (Co-organised with Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas and Danielle Drozdzewski)

  • Navigating Data Landscapes – RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Cardiff 2018 (Co-organised with Gillian Rose and Sam Hind with funding support from the RGS-IBG)


Organised sessions

  • Geographical Considerations of Digital Methods I & II. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff, 28th – 31st August 2018 (Co-organised with Isabel Williams)

  • Mobile bodies, technologies and methods: critical perspectives. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, 3rd - 9th April 2017 (Co-organised with Phil Jones)

  • Use of technologies and apps in social science research with children and young people. Young People and the New Urban Agenda Conference, Birmingham, 14th September 2016 (Co-organised with Sophie Hadfield-Hill)


Invited Talks

  • Panel Discussant – ‘Doing Memory Methods’: How we do, what we do, differently. Memory Studies Association Conference Madrid 2019

  • Osborne, T. Childhood Nostalgias and the biosocial body, Biosocial Research Network Seminar, Birmingham 2018. (

  • Osborne, T. Affective Capture: the implications of using biosensing technology for researching workplace stress, In-Situ Methodologies in Geographies of Health & Wellbeing, London 2018

  • Panel Discussant - Teaching as a postgraduate: How to Maximise the Available Opportunities, RGS-IBG London 2017.


Professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

  • Member of the American Association of Geographers.

  • Member of the International Ambiances Network.

Research Groups

  • Population Research Centre, University of Groningen

  • Embodied Geographies, University of Birmingham

  • Biosocial Research Network, University of Birmingham

  • Geographies of Children and Youth Network, University of Birmingham



  • Embodied Geographies, University of Birmingham

  • Digital Geographies Research Group, Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers.

© 2020 by Tess Osborne