Caroline Buffery

Caroline Buffery

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Changing Landscapes – the law and geography of the River Severn

Supervisors: Professor John Bryson and Dr Julian Clarke

Cal is undertaking doctoral research into the changing landscape of the River Severn, using theories of both geography and law to examine the relevant case law and legislation that applies to the River and its users. Initially exploring issues in legal geography, this study integrates both disciplines and reconciles the issues of the ‘legalscape’ with the ‘Severnscape’-of space, place and time with both the physical landscape and notions of the effects of the law on land use, habitats and the non-human environment.


  • BSc (Open University) (First)
  • LLM Commercial and Environmental Law (Cardiff University Law School)
  • BVC ( UWE)
  • Called to the Bar 2008


Cal completed an LLM at Cardiff University with distinction with a dissertation on Carbon Trading before embarking on a PhD within the Geography department.


Environmental law, civil litigation.

Research group

Society, Economy and Environment

Other activities

Cal is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and the Water Law Working Party within the organisation.

She also volunteers in the Housing Department at a Legal Aid Law Centre in Gloucester, advising clients and dealing with legal proceedings, court orders, disputes and homelessness within the city.