Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)


Dr Hilary Geoghegan

Hilary is a human geographer with interests how enthusiasm influences our actions, passions and performances in space. She completed her first degree at the University of Exeter and headed to Royal Holloway for her MA and PhD. She returned to Exeter as a research associate in 2009 and now spends her time between UCL Geography and ExCiteS.

Hilary's research is currently funded by an ESRC Future Research Leader award. She is combining her previous projects on enthusiasm for technology, weather, wetland birds and architecture in order to investigate the role of enthusiasm in motivating and sustaining participation in citizen science. She is focussing on monitoring and surveillance for tree health, pests and diseases.

Hilary is interested in relationships between people and the material world, from modernist architecture, obsolete technologies and smartphones to herons, wet weather and ash trees. To date her research has focussed on the socio-personal aspects of participation through close attention to the practices, materials and identities involved in the geographies and cultures of enthusiasm.


Enthusiasm, geography, citizen science, technology, trees, tree health, collaboration

Contact Details

e-mail: h [dot] geoghegan [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Twitter: @drhg

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