Participant Information Sheet for Souvenirs’ Home Placement Studies



I would like to invite you to participate in this original research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.


General information


Project TitleSouvenir Geographies


ResearcherZhuyun Amy Zang (Royal Holloway, University of London)  Researcher No. 100750439


Research Aims

This project is committed to empirical research, aiming to explore how the tourist souvenirs ‘make’ places in a quadruple-layer: making site, tourist site, non-place(e.g. airports) site and tourist’s home. The process of place making by tourist souvenir is revealed by following the tourist souvenirs.


Participant Information for Home Placement studies

Based on our previous contact, I take you willing to take part in the Home Placement studies. So now you are reading the participant information for just Home Placement studies.


  •  When and Where Will the Study Take Place?

The study will take place in your home at a time that is convenient to you.

  • l How Long Will the Study Last?

It will take around 15to 25 mins for a participant to prepare a camera/mobile phone, take photos of his/her souvenirs and send the photos back to me.

  • What Will You Be Asked to Do?

Please take photos of your souvenirs. Four kinds of photos are wanted. Firstly is a long shot, better showing your room environment and where you keep your souvenirs. In this photo, the place where you store your souvenirs might be very small or does not show directly in the picture. For example, if you store you souvenir in a draw, please take a photo of your room; if you have a oven glove as your souvenir and you are using it, please take a photo of your kitchen. Secondly is a middle shot. In this photo, please show me the placement of your souvenirs and its spational relationship with other souvenirs. For example, if you keep souvenirs in a draw, take a photo of all the souvenirs in this draw. Thirdly is a close-up of the souvenir. Please give me a close shot of the souvenir from which I can identify what is it. It will be better to have a fourth photo which is the label of the souvenir, showing where it is produced etc..

After taking the photos, please tell me the story of your souvenirs (I am sure you must have a lot to say about it). For example, you can start with WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW, with WHO you got your souvenirs.

  • l How would the images and information collected be used?

The images and information collected will be used exclusively for my PhD project: Souvenir Geographies, including being part of my PhD thesis (presentations, publications), and being posted on the souvenir geographies blog if permitted.

  • l Would personal details be anonymized?

Participants’ locations, nationality, gender and age group are the information needed. Other personal details such as images, names will remain anonymised.

  • Is there an opportunity to review how the information is being used in advance?

I will create a doc. file for each participant and can send this word.doc to participants. Unfortunately, because of the amount of participants I will have, and time schedule, I will not send out my PhD thesis for participants to review, but all the information used in the thesis will be from the word.doc file.

  • l Are you able to provide assurance of how the images provided would be stored and later destroyed at the appropriate time?

The PhD thesis will be hand in to Geography Department in Royal Holloway, University of London in August 2016, and it will be stored there and its electrical version will be available to students in RHUL. The information on the project’s blog will also be there. None of them are planned to be destroyed.

  • l Over what time period and by what means should I be collecting images?

It is noticeable that souvenirs placement do change from time to time. It is totally up to you which souvenir (from which time) you want to share the information. I appreciate all the information provided. You can send me photos many time, just need to inform me.

  • Are There Any Benefits Involved in Participating?

At the conclusion of the project, I will send you a newsletter describing the major findings and alerting you to any research publications we have generated from the project.

  • l What If I Have Questions about the Project?

Please contact me by email at email address, by phone at mobile number, or by post at university address. You can also contact me by messaging on Facebook, @ me on twitter, and commenting on the project’s blog.





It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. You may withdraw your data from the project at any time up until the PhD thesis is submitted (August 2016). If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form. If you agree to take part, you will be asked whether you are happy to be contacted about participation in future studies. Your participation in this study will not be affected should you choose not to be recontacted.


If this study has harmed you in any way you can contact Royal Holloway, University of London using the details below for further advice and information:

Dr Harriet Hawkins  Phone: +44 1784 414673

Professor Veronica Della Dora  Phone: +44 1784 443642



Zhuyun (Amy) ZANG

Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. Egham, Surrey, UK. TW20 0EX.


Project Blog:

Phone: + 44 (0)7428148628
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Twitter: @AmyNanzhan



Thanks a million!!


A Reflection on RGS-IBG PGF Mid-Term Conference

First Day

2014 RGS-IBG PGF Mid-Term Conference is held in Loughborough University on 14-15 April. This is my first time in Loughborough which is a lovely little town.  Loughborough is similar to Egham. Both of them university town, which have big university area and small commercial town centre.

This two-day conference has around 80 presenters.

A family photo of all the presenters

A family photo of all the presenters

We started with  Hilary’s warm up session,  in which she encourage us to keep a PhD diary (identify your motivation of doing a PhD regularly) and attend more conference to communicate with people alike, and not alike.   She mentioned a project ‘stories from the store’ in science museum interested me.

Then is the presentations. There are massive sessions to choose from, and I am amazed again by the diversity of the topics in Geography.  Some of them are focus on developing countries and some developed; some on old people and some on mobility of drunk teenagers (LOL); some on transportation and some on writing.

Hannah, Miriam, Ella, Mel, Mike and Katie had their projects presented.

Hannah presenting

Hannah presenting


We noticed an interesting point that in one session, two PhD students from Loughborough uni talked about ‘Studentification’, and then Mike pointed out that the person who came up with the word ‘studentification’ is actually teaching here (Professor Darren Smith). The two presenters might be his students, and his idea is proven right by chatting to new friends in Loughborough. XD

Meeting new friends in the garden

Meeting new friends in the garden

We had our conference dinner in the Ramada Hotel, which perfectly ends the first day of the conference,





Second Day

The presentation I enjoyed most is Professor John Anderson’s  ‘China and Global Change’ (on the second day).  I feel excited to look at China from a different angel. Professor John Anderson pointed out lots of problem in China, while showing his affection for the country.

All the problems he pointed out are realistic, I admit it. The central government thought we can take the same way as the western took in the 20 century, but now it realizes that the damage to environment will be too huge to fix if we have the same way of developing (economy first, and then we will fix the environment). So it is taking action now. I was in Chine during Feb 2014, and in this month, several (7 or something like that) iron and steel plants and some cement hills in suburban Beijing had been torn down, to control the producing of steel in order to control the building of new houses, and to control the usage of coal in order to pollute the environment less.

Pro John Anderson on China and Global Change

Pro John Anderson on China and Global Change


Although some action have been taken, I still think the problem is serious and I like the ending of Professor John Anderson’s presentation: if the Chinese continuing taking the same way as the western did, and if the West of China has the same developed level as the East of China, ‘WE ARE F**KED!’  I like how he deals with the conclusion and makes it sound more serious. The more serious the problem sounds, the worse the situation we are in, the central government will pay more attention to the environment. It was a very great presentation! And I am touched about Professor John Anderson’s feeling of China. He must love it and hate it!

I realised my shortness of  reading and dealing with geography journals, so I joined the publishing workshop, which was very helpful.

I have heard some ideas of my souvenir geographies project and found 4 participants who are will to join the research.

To sum up, there are a lot to take in from the conference and we have enjoyed it.

rhul table

rhul table

We even started writing for the Landscape Surgery blog on the train back to London. XD

writing for landscape surgery on the train back to London

writing for landscape surgery on the train back to London


souvenirs from the conference

souvenirs from the conference