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

Research Fellow, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (2021 - present)

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 Qualifications

  •  University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) [Dutch: Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs] (2022)

  • Certificate in Assessing Theses (2021)

  • Certificate in Assessing & Evaluating in Higher Education (2020)

  • Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2015).


  • Thomas Lowe - Experiences of mobility in later life over time (ERC funded PhD), ongoing. 

  • Anna Harbers (2022) The association between socioeconomic status (SES), Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and Health care utilisation of Q fever patients with long-term health symptoms. MSc in Population Studies, University of Groningen.

  • Natasha Keen (2019) VRtual Space: Looking at User Experience, Communities and Trolling. MRes in Human Geography, University of Birmingham.

Teaching Lead:

  • Qualitative Research for Policy and Practice (Master Level).

  • Bachelor Project/Dissertation Supervision (Level-3).

  • Methods in Academic Research (Level-2). 

  • Introduction to Academic Research (Level-1).

  • Tutorials and Fieldwork (Level-1) - Fieldtrip Lecturer on Rotterdam field course.

  • Research Methods for Dissertations (Level-2) - Designed & co-ran local field course.

  • Social & Political Geography (Level-2) - Designed and delivered the ‘Brexit and the EU’ small-group classes.

Teaching Awards:

  • PGR Teaching Academy Award, 2017 

Workshops & Conferences


  • The Future of Digital Geographies: provocations, trajectories, and research agendas, DGRG Annual Symposium, July 2021 (co-organised with Harrison Smith, Phil Jones, Daisy Curtis, and Godwin Yeboah)



  • Behind the scenes: Discussions around Research Methods - Online seminar (Co-organised with Saakshi Joshi, Nikhil Pazhoothundathil & Thomas Lowe). A collaboration between the University of Groningen, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and Utrecht University.

  • 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

  • Innovative Digital Geographies: Pushing against quantitative and qualitative boundaries, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 2nd - 5th September 2020 (Co-organised with Zoe Gardner, Stefano De Sabbata and Katy Bennett) - Postponed due to COVID-19.

  • Digital Geographies Coffee Break: Chat and Charge, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 2nd - 5th September 2020 (Co-organised with Jennie Day and Adam Packer) - Cancelled due to COVID-19.

  • Geographical Considerations of Digital Landscapes 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 - Meet the Authors - Roundtable on Academic Writing, Ural Humanitarian Institute, Ural Federal University 2021.

  • Keynote - ‘Resetting our Spatial Environment – the Interplay between the Physical and the Virtual World’, Geo Promotion Conference, Groningen 2021.

  • 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.


Editorial & Reviewing Activities:

  • Editorial Board Member - Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (2022 - present)

  • Book Review Editor - Emotion, Space and Society (2021 - present)

  • Communications Editor - Emotion, Space and Society (2021 - present)


I have acted as a peer reviewer for: Aging & Society; Annals of the American Association of Geographers; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems; Emotion, Space and Society; Environment & Behavior; Geographical Research; Historical Geography; Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences; and, Social and Cultural Geography.


External Administration/Service:

  • Digital Geographies Research Group, RGS-IBG - Treasurer (2020 - 2021)

  • Digital Geographies Research Group, RGS-IBG - Membership Officer (2017 - 2020).

  • Digital Geographies Research Group, RGS-IBG - Founding Membership Secretary (2016 - 2017)

Internal Administration/Service:

  • Course Redesign Working Group - Population Studies MSc, University of Groningen (2021 - present)

  • Diversity & Inclusion Small Committee - Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (2021 - present)

  • Member of Centre for Advanced Studies in Urban Science and Design (CASUS) - Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (2020 - present)

  • Member of Inclusivity Network (UGIN) - Young Academy, University of Groningen (2020 - 2021)

Project consultancy & advisory work:

  • UrBio: Making urban planning and design smarter with participatory mobile biosensing. Research Project Advisor (2021 - present)

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

  • Member of the American Association of Geographers (AAG)

  • Member of the International Ambiances Network

  • Member of the Memory Studies Association (MSA)

  • Member of the Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap [Royal Dutch Geographical Society] (KNAG).