Amy Woodget

Doctoral Prize Fellow

Amy Woodget

I joined Loughborough in October 2018 as a Doctoral Prize Fellow in Geography, School of Social Sciences.

This independent research position gives me two years dedicated to kick-starting my academic research career. My research focuses on the use of novel technologies for quantifying parts of the physical environment. For example, I fly small drones to acquire imagery of rivers and then use the images to develop new methods for extracting quantitative information about the river habitats. I use special software to create 3D models of rivers allowing us to 'see' rivers in a huge amount of detail, which hasn't previously been possible. Outside of work, I enjoy renovating old houses and interior design. I recently completed the renovation of a late Victorian property and loved every minute of it, despite the hard work. I also enjoy spending time with my two rescue cats. They teach me a lot about the importance of rest and relaxation.

The theme of International Women's Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. For me, balance is the key to most things - although not always easy to achieve! As a female researcher in a male-dominated STEM discipline, achieving a balance of opportunities and recognition is really valuable, and I'm grateful to gender-balance campaigners worldwide for their ongoing efforts. The concept of 'balance' also applies in different areas of life. For me, a long-term neuro-immune condition has limited my capacity for full-time work. I have learnt the need for balance between work and rest to be able to manage my condition in a sustainable way. In today's fast-paced world, I think this is a useful lesson whether you are male or female, and have a health condition or not, and I'm really happy that Loughborough University has been so flexible and accommodating in this regard.