Department of Geography


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Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

  • Qualifications: BA Geography, PhD in Geography
  • Role Title: Associate Head Education, Principal Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2474
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated with a BA in Geography from University of Leicester in 1984 and a PhD (Leicester) in 1988.  In 1993, I joined the Department of Geography at Portsmouth as a Lecturer. Since 1999, I have been the Departmental Courses Leader for Curriculum Enhancement and Quality. I have been Principle Lecturer since 2008 and also acted as External Examiner at the University of Brighton for Human Geography 2008-2012.

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver urban, economic, social and cultural geography components of the undergraduate teaching in the department, as well as contributing to other areas of the undergraduate curriculum such as Geographical Theory and Research Methods. I am currently co-ordinator of the following units:

  • L5 Social and Cultural Geography: Geographies of Well-being
  • L5 Geographical Research Methodologies
  • L6 Human Geography: Critique and Discourse

Since 1997, I have led/been involved with field courses to Barcelona and Berlin, each with a focus on urban economic, social and cultural change.

I have contributed chapters to Shurmer-Smith P (2002) Doing Cultural Geography, Sage, London

In October 2008, I was awarded £3000 to undertake a study of the use of audio feedback in the geography and earth sciences disciplines from the Geography and Earth Sciences Subject Centre of the Learning and Teaching Support Network. This is part of an overall project on audio feedback "Sounds Good" sponsored by JISC (Ekinsmyth (2010).


Self-employment, entrepreneurship, ‘mumpreneurship’, gender, work-life balance.

My current research investigates the phenomena of small-scale entrepreneurship carried out (and started up) within the context of family life, parenting and work-life balance. The research focuses on ‘mumpreneurs’, typically professional mothers who have made the decision to manage this work-life balance through small business start-ups (Ekinsmyth 2011, 2012, 2013a, 2013b).


Research profile

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