Caitlin DeSilvey

Caitlin research (carving)

Research Group

Nadia Bartolini, Research Associate

Robyn Raxworthy, PhD student

Lucy Frears, PhD student

Frances Rylands, PhD student

Veronica Vickery, PhD student

Lucy Szaboova, PhD student

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Professor Caitlin DeSilvey

Associate Professor of Cultural Geography


I am a geographer whose research explores the cultural significance of material change. I use visual imagery and story-telling to engage people in imagining changing environments and places, and look to patterns from the past to try to understand what the future might bring. I am also interested in how things age over time, and in the value of repair and mending skills to extend the lives of worn objects and encourage more sustainable use of resources.

I am also a member of the Geography department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research interests

  • Cultural aspects of environmental change
  • Heritage, memory and transience
  • Narrative and storytelling
  • Creative/collaborative research methods
  • Post-industrial ecologies and aesthetics
  • Deep mapping and digital humanities
  • Locative media and landscape
  • Waste, value and materiality
  • Micro-sustainable practices

Research video

In 2012, I was interviewed for a film put together by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Landscape and Environment Programme. The film shows how we need human and natural histories, and artistic as well as scientific perspectives on coastal change.

Current projects


2005 PhD Cultural Geography (Open University)
2001 MSc Cultural Geography (University of Edinburgh)
BA Religious Studies and Environmental Studies (Yale University)


2015 Associate Professor, University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2007-2011 Lecturer, University of Exeter

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 1326 254161
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Address University of Exeter 
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE