Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Print

Histories of Geographical and Environmental Knowledge

Research in this field addresses the cultural, political and intellectual history of geographical and environmental knowledge. The geographical is here both a field of knowledge for critical analysis, and an approach to such analysis.

Image: Global cotton workers mural, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Gateway Visitor Centre, Cromford Mills, Derbyshire, UK (photograph by Susanne Seymour).

cotton workers

Geography and history in political worlds

Geographical knowledge provides the information with which worlds and structured and produced, but unearthing forgotten connections between places can alter the way in which we perceive and work with the world. This research explores how worlds are made and how we can attempt to remake them.

Recent publications...
  • Legg, Stephen. "Dyarchy Democracy, Autocracy, and the Scalar Sovereignty of Interwar India." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 36.1 (2016): 44-65.
  • Seymour, S, Jones, L and Feuer-Cotter, J (2015) 'The global connections of cotton in the Derwent Valley mills in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries', in Wrigley, C (ed) The Industrial Revolution: Cromford, The Derwent Valley and the Wider World (The Arkwright Society: Matlock), 150-70.
  • Morris, Carol, Susanne Seymour, and Adam Spencer. "Framing food provisioning research in the UK." Food Sovereignty in International Context: Discourse, Politics and Practice of Place (2015) London, Routledge.

Cartography and visualising space

We are interested in the ways in which geographers have represented physical and human landscapes in mapping projects and exploratory ventures. Traditional forms of mapping are complemented by thinking about how technology and visual practices "map" space in ever changing ways.

Recent publications...
  • Beckingham, David. The Licensed City: Regulating drink in Liverpool Liverpool University Press, 2017.
  • Daniels, Stephen. "Mapping the metropolis in an age of reform: John Britton's London topography, 1820–1840." Journal of Historical Geography 56 (2017): 61-82.
  • Pearson, Alastair W., and Michael Heffernan. "Globalizing Cartography? The International Map of the World, the International Geographical Union, and the United Nations." Imago Mundi 67.1 (2015): 58-80.
  • Pearson, Alastair, and Michael Heffernan. "Revealing the 'Lost World': The American Geographical Society and the Mapping of Roraima during the 1930s." Journal of Latin American Geography 14.3 (2015): 175-200.

Geography and disciplinary histories

Geography has many histories, as a regional science, an empire-forger, an environment-planner, an international unifier and a marker of postcolonial difference. This research explores the histories and futures of geography.

Recent publications...
  • Jöns, Heike, Meusburger, Peter and Heffernan, Michael 2017 Mobilities of Knowledge Springer, Cham.
  • Daniels, Stephen, and Patrick J. Bartlein. "Charting Time." Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107.1 (2017): 28-32.
  • Heffernan, Michael. "The interrogation of Sándor Radó: geography, communism and espionage between World War Two and the Cold War." Journal of Historical Geography 47 (2015): 74-88.


Cultural and Historical Geography

School of Geography
Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 951 5559