Cultural and Historical Geographies


Academic Staff

Broadly trained in the discipline, Jon Cinnamon is interested in health geographies, GIS, cities, data, and technology.

Ian Cook is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as 'follow the thing' work.

Caitlin DeSilvey is a geographer who uses visual imagery and story-telling to engage people in imagining changing environments and places, and look to patterns from the past to try to understand what the future might bring.

Characterised by interdisciplinarity, David Harvey’s research tackles themes of heritage, memory-work, oral testimony, lay knowledges, landscapes and communities, and identity politics within both a regional and local context.

Most recently, Catherine Leyshon has studied landscape as both cultural and natural heritage, and the particular challenges of managing culturally iconic and ecologically important landscapes through mulit-agency working with different knowledge communities, and the role of volunteers in place-based and community projects such as the delivery of elderly health and social care.

Michael Leyshon is a social and cultural geographer interested in youth culture, identity, care and environmental volunteering.  His research explores, and seeks solutions to, the ways in which young people and the elderly, particularly in rural areas, become socially, politically and economically excluded from society.

Pepe Romanillos studies the geographies of death, absence and finitude, cultural geographies of literature and visuality, and the history and philosophy of geographical thought.

Much of James Ryan’s research concerns the contested meaning and practice of photographic representation and the power of photographic media to shape human understandings of the world.

Nicola Thomas is a cultural and historical geographer studying cultural and humanities perspectives on the creative economy, postcolonial geographies of gender, race and empire, histories of geography and science and gendered labour practices and career progression in higher education; equality in the workplace

Veronica Vickery is a visual artist and landscape geographer who works with painting as a nodal point in a practice that spans installation, digital media and performance

John Wylie is a cultural geographer interested in the development of landscape theory in geography, and more broadly in geographies of visual art, writing, haunting and performance.


Nadia Bartolini studies ways in which both tangible and intangible heritage gets transmitted and passed down, occult and alternative spiritualities outside of mainstream religion, Aboriginal rights and land claims, legacy and history.

Postgraduate students and recent alumni

Daniel Carpenter studies the complex and nuanced heritage discourses performed by craft practitioners, touching on factors such as self-identity, authenticity, economics, and environmentalism.

Paula Crutchlow is an artist and cultural geographer whose research practice bridges art and social science to investigate digital processes and trade justice issues.

Rose Ferraby draws on individual stories of places and stone to achieve a deep, sensitive understanding of people’s relationship with landscape of the Jurassic Coast.

David Paton explores models for a geographical reading of the production and reception of carved stone sculpture in the mutable time-spaces of the built environment, evidenced by a sustained period of research in Trenoweth Dimension Granite quarry near Penryn, in Cornwall

Robyn Raxworthy focuses on the heritage of the clay mining industry in Cornwall, and the ways in which this heritage has been collected and archived.

Fran Rylands’ academic interests include landscape, performance arts, heritage, art history, popular geopolitics and postcolonialism along the Jurassic Coast.