Professor Simon Haslett

Honorary Professor, Science and Engineering - Faculty

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor Haslett is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Geography at Swansea University and previously undertook research at Jesus College, University of Oxford, under a Short-Term Visiting Fellowship. He is former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David; and has worked in higher education for over 30 years, previously at the University of East Anglia, Durham University, and Bath Spa University, where he was Head of the Department of Geography. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which he spent at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Haslett obtained a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Geology from Keele University, an MSc in Micropalaeontology from the University of Southampton, and a PhD in Quaternary Palaeoceanography from the University of Glamorgan, now part of the University of South Wales.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Physical Geography
  • Coastal Evolution and Geomorphology
  • Sea-Level Change and Coastal Hazards
  • Micropalaeontology
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Links between Research and Teaching
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development Education
  • History of Higher Education

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Professor Haslett taught physical geography from the early 1990’s, particularly on coastal geomorphology, Quaternary micropalaeontology, and climate change. He is author of the popular textbook Coastal Systems, now in its 3rd edition and published by the University of Wales Press, and editor of Quaternary Environmental Micropalaeontology published by Arnold. He is also committed to science communication and outreach, given numerous public lectures and made documentary television programmes for the BBC. Professor Haslett has also supervised postgraduate students in the fields of coastal evolution and education for sustainable development. He is also passionate about undergraduate research and was co-founder of the annual British Conference of Undergraduate Research. He was also a pioneer of the use of Google Earth in teaching geography.

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