Department of Geography


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Nastassja Kirwan

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: MRes Student
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2504
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  • Department: Department of Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in July 2017 with a 2:1 degree in BSc Geography (Hons.), and joined the Department as an MRes student the following September. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I do not currently teach or assist with teaching in the Department, but would be happy to do so if opportunities arose.



My MRes focuses upon paths, tracks, and other types of way which traversed what is now the South Downs National Park, during the early Victorian period, as detailed on tithe surveys. A ‘walking tour’ of the South Downs using Esri Story Map is the main outcome of the project. A range of sources such as old Ordnance maps and modern-day aerial photography are being used to create the map, though tithes are the primary source. The final manuscript which accompanies this research will argue that these historical ways need to be re-built in order to improve visitors’ health, a premise supported by ‘therapeutic landscape’ theories. This research is different from previous work because it exclusively concerns ways rather than land-use, which is what tithes have been traditionally studied for. My MRes is part of the Department’s Forgotten Fields project. It is supervised by Dr Alastair Pearson and Dr Phil Soar.