BSc, PhD, FRGS
Principal Lecturer, Environmental Geography
Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
School of Science
Dr Tim Acott graduated with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth in 1989. He subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Stirling and started to lecture at the University of Greenwich in 1993. He has had numerous administrative roles while at the University of Greenwich including Director of Learning & Quality for the Natural Resources Institute. Dr Acott is currently the leader for the environment and sustainability research cluster.
His academic interests revolve around a social science perspective on environment and sustainability issues. To explore this subject area he crosses a number of subject boundaries including: environmental ethics, sustainable development, landscape, sense of place, environmental sociology, social and cultural dimensions of marine fisheries, GIS, actor network theory, hybrid geography, wildness, allotments as hybrid spaces, and qualitative research methods. In addition to his academic portfolio, Dr Acott also actively explores different environments through painting and photography.
Responsibilities within the university
- Sustainability: Principles and Practise (MSc)
- Regeneration and the Thames Gateway
- Sustainability Futures
- Geography and Tourism and Development
- Readings in Geography and Environmental Science
- People, Place and Environment.
- Environmental Management
- Society, Economy and Sustainability
- Research Design and Methods (MSc).
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Dr Acott's research interests can be broadly grouped under the heading 'environmental geography'. He is interested in the myriad and diverse entanglements of people and nature as seen through an interdisciplinary perspective and is happy to cross the borders of science and art in order to bring new perspectives to contemporary issues with sustainability as a central element.
Tim is currently the Principal Investigator on a €4.6 million ERDF co-financed European Interreg 4a 2 Seas project called the 'Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability' (GIFS). This started in January 2011 and will finish in September 2014. Tim was also the lead investigator for the University of Greenwich on a European INTERREG 4a funded collaborative project, CHARM III (Channel Integrated Approach for Marine Resource Management). Tim’s research has recently focused on understanding the social and cultural importance of marine fishing although he has worked on many social science research projects spanning, environmental ethics, environmental conservation and sustainable tourism.
and Acott, Tim (2013) Constructing ‘The Stade’: Fishers’ and non-fishers’ identity and place attachment in Hastings, south-east England.
and Zhao, Minghua (2013) Introduction: social and cultural impacts of marine fisheries.
and Courtney, Paul (2011) Setting an agenda for social science research in fisheries policy in Northern Europe.
and Acott, T.G. (2007) Sustainability and local tourism branding in England's South Downs.
and Acott, T.G. (2007) An inquiry concerning the acceptance of intrinsic value theories of nature.
and McGibbon, M. (2007) Environmental science and sustainability: some critical thoughts.
and Urquhart, Julie (2014) Sense of place and socio-cultural values in fishing communities along the English Channel.
Recent conference presentations
Acott, Tim (2011) Waves, process and environmentalism.
and Acott, Timothy (2011) Marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities in southern England.
and Acott, Timothy (2011) Marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities in southern England: the challenge for policy makers.
and Urquhart, Julie (2011) Material culture, sense of place and marine fisheries from Cornwall to Kent.
and Acott, Timothy (2011) Fishing cultures: marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities.
and Zhao, Minghua (2011) "It's not just about the fish": social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisheries.
and Acott, Timothy (2010) Fishing cultures: marine fisheries and sense of place in coastal communities.