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Centre membership includes staff, doctoral students and Honorary Research Associates from departments across Royal Holloway University of London, as well as a series of affiliate members who lead GeoHumanities work around the world within and beyond academia. 



Veronica della Dora - Geography


Veronica’s research spans historical and cultural geography, the history of cartography and Byzantine studies with a specific focus on sacred space and the geographical imagination.

Harriet Hawkins - Geography

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Harriet is interested in the geographies of art works and art worlds. She works with artists to imagine and bring about new social-ecological futures.





Advisory Board


Tim Cresswell - Trinty College, USA

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Tim is Dean of the Faculty and VIce President for Academic Affairs, Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA. Hel is completing a book about the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago and a collection of poems based on the British ballads collected by Francis Child.

Stephen Daniels- University of Nottingham


My interests are interdisciplinary in scope, with a home in geography as a long established and fertile field of knowledge, imagination, practice and public engagement. My own work, in collaborations with art historians, has addressed the making and meaning of landscape, focussing on questions of imagery and design.

Sarah De Leeuw-  Northern Medical Program, UNBC.

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Poet and creative non-fiction author Sarah de Leeuw has a PhD in Cultural-Historical Geography; her work as an activist, scholar, and writer focuses on marginalized northern and Indigenous geographies, health and social inequities, and colonial violence.

Deborah Dixon- University of Glasgow 


Deborah’s work is animated by an interest in the ideas, ethics, and politics of both poststructural and feminist frameworks, and is grounded via an examination of the monstrous, media and the marginal often through concerns with aesthetics and creative collaborative working practices.

Chris Gibson- University of Wollongong Australia

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Chris is the Director of the UoW's Global Challenges Programme. Opening up empirical and theoretical possibilities across the culture-economy divide is his central intellectual agenda. He is interested in how forms of material cultural production are embedded geographically, performed as work, and enabled technically, in networks of social and economic agents, in places and across physical distances.

Christoph Lindner-  Dean and Professor, Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon

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Christoph is interested in the Urban Humanities and is an interdisciplinary urban and cultural theorist whose work focuses on the interrelations between cities, globalization, and visual culture.

Tania Rossetto - University of Padova, Italy


Tania is a cultural geographer with a specific interest in visual and cartographic theories and practices. Through a humanistic approach, she researches the life of maps and images in physical and imaginary spaces, with particular reference to the urban realm.










Peter Adey - Geography


Peter’s work explores spaces of security and mobility. Recent interests include verticality and the aerial, the materiality of air and the politics of evacuation.

Richard Alston - Classics


Richard Alston’s interests focus on Roman urbanism, urban cultures, and social and cultural transformations. He also works on ideas of the Classical in the modern city.

Sarah Ansari - History


Sarah's research interests include spatial approaches towards South Asia’s recent history, exploring how modes of citizenship rights worked across a particular set of national boundaries or spaces.

Geoff Baker - Music


Geoff’s research explores the relationship between music and the city, above all in Latin America, in both the colonial period and the present day.

Rachel Beckles Willson - Music


Rachel’s research seeks intersections between history, geography, politics and performance; her current work is developing imaginative geographies and creative approaches to musical instruments in migration.

Daniela Berghahn - Media Arts


Daniela is interested in migrant and diaspora cinema, especially in relation to European identities; new forms of exoticism in contemporary cinema in relation to destination tourism.

Melissa Blanco Borelli - Drama & Theatre


Melissa is interested in transnational popular dance on screen, Cuban and Afro-Latin dance, embodied cultural expressions, and affective spaces of neoliberal capitalism. Of particular current interest is how an aesthetics of ‘cool’ moves through geographies of time and space.

Katherine Brickell - Geography


Katherine is a gender and feminist geography scholar whose work centres on the domestic sphere and uses visual-oriented participatory research methods to understand its relationship to critical and lived matters of injustice and violence. She is currently building an agenda on feminist legal geographies.

Caroline Cornish - Geography


Caroline is an Hononrary Research Associate at Royal Holloway and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Her research applies an object-focused approach to her research into the histories and geographies of museums and their collections, and the production of scientific knowledge.

Emma Cox - Drama & Theatre


Emma is interested in migration, refugee-responsive theatre, indigenous performance and site-responsive remembrance, postcolonial museology and performance histories linked to human remains.

Ruth Cruickshank -  Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Ruth has research interests in food culture, consumption, globalization and post-war French fiction, film and thought. She is a founder member of the Global Cities and Visual Culture network.

Phil Crang -- Geography


Philip is Head of the Department of Geography. His interests are in the material cultures of place and mobility.

Fabrizio De Donno - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Fabrizio is interested in the cultural history of Italian orientalism and colonialism, as well as in the contemporary literature and film on the Horn of Africa.

Dr Thomas Dekeyser


Thomas now returned as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Centre for the GeoHumanities.  His broader interests are digital infrastructures, advertising power, cities, and social theory (specifically, theories of pessimism and nihilism); and his PhD was an ethnography with subvertisers, those illegally intervening into urban ad spaces (e.g. graffiti scribbles, advertising takeovers, etc.).

Klaus Dodds - Geography


Klaus works on the imaginative and material geographies of the Polar Regions. He has published widely and worked in an official capacity for UK government and Parliament. He also writes on cinematic geopolitics.

Felix Driver - Geography


Felix Driver is an historical geographer working on the cultural history of museum collections, visual cultures of exploration, and popular geographies in print and film.

Gwilym Eades - Geography

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Gwilym is interested in mappings and their politics, indigeneity and the use of GIS in interpretive scholarship.

Sasha Engelmann- Geography


Sasha explores creative experiments with atmosphere, the elemental, and the limits of sensing. Over the past two years she carried out site-based ethnography and collaboration with Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin. In a new book manuscript she is developing a notion of cosmological aesthetics: an aesthetics expressed in ecologies of practice that reach for distant, cosmic and imperceptible entities and spaces.

Yoav Galai, PIR

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Yoav is a former photojournalist and NGO project manager and current lecturer in Global Political Communication. His research focuses on narrative politics and visual politics.







Simone Gigliotti- History and the Holocaust Research Centre


Simone is interested in experiences of displacement during and after the Holocaust. She uses historical, geographical and visual sources to reconstruct embodied cartographies of survival.

David Gilbert - Geography


David’s interests are focused on the histories and cultures of big cities, particularly modern London. Recent work has examined the fashion industry and suburban religious identities.

Helen Gilbert - Drama and Theatre


Helen is interested in the theatre and performance of marginalised cultures, new materialism, indigeneity, site-specific arts and activism, and contemporary performance in the Anth.

Sophie Gilmartin - English


Sophie's work focuses on 19th Century Literature, most recently questions of women writing at sea and navigation. Past work includes the place of geography in 19th education, and the micro-gepgrahies of the body in the Victorian novel.

Robert Hampson - English


Robert is interested in Joseph Conrad; literature and empire; place and space; cosmopolitanism, nationalism and transnationalism; practice-based research.

Julian Johnson- Music


Julian's interests include the history and philosophy of music, and he works on music, aesthetics, nature and environment.

Innes M. Keighren - Geography


Innes has research interests that span geography, book history, and the history of science. His work focuses particularly on the circulation and reception of knowledge.

James Kent - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


James is interested in Cuban visual cultures and the representation of the city in film and photography. His practice-led photographic research focuses on Havana, Cuba.

Bryce Lease - Drama and Theatre


Bryce is interested in performance, urban space, the public sphere, concepts of pluralism and the political, collective memory, gender and sexuality, formations of counterpublics and East and Central European theatre.

Ruth Livesey - English


Ruth is interested in mobility and locality in 19th century literature, including the idea of the ‘stage coach nation’ and novels as portable place.



Oli Mould - Geography


Oli's interests cover a range of areas of the urban humanities, especially questions of urban creativity, activism and politics.

Sofie Narbed - Geography


Sofie is interested in the geographies of dance and bodily practice, particularly in relation to Latin America. Her work seeks to bring about collaborative dialogues that might interrogate questions of the postcolonial, the transnational, and the contemporary.

Laura Newman - Department of Geography


Laura is interested in historical geographies of science, education, and collections. She forms part of the Mobile Museum team at RHUL and Kew, looking at the use of economic botany specimens in British schools from the late nineteenth century onwards.

Helen Nicholson - Drama and Theatre

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Helen is interested in the spatialities of amateur theatre and in questions of place, affect and community in contemporary theatre and applied performance.

Sophie Nield - Drama and Theatre


Sophie is interested in questions of theatricality, space and representation in political life and the law, and in the performance of ‘borders’ of various kinds.

David Overend- Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance


David joined RHUL in 2016 as Lecturer in Drama and Theatre. His research is often practice-based and focuses on performance, socio-spatial relationships, and contemporary mobility.

Hannah Platts- History


Hannah is interested in multi-sensory approaches to domestic space. She works with architects and anthropologists to explore how ancient Roman housing was employed to construct personal and group identities.

Giuliana Pieri - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Giuliana is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to Italy and Italian Nationality, textual and visual representations of the Italian landscape and the discursive construction of Italian identity.

Al Pinkerton - Geography


Al's research interests focus on media, communications and critical geopolitics. He has recently been developing the idea of 'creative geopolitics', in particular 'creative statecraft’. He also recently undertook a 6,000 mile expedition ‘Into No Man’s Land”.

Tina K Ramnarine - Music


Tina researches the politics of music, the anthropology of cultural encounters and arts responses to global challenges (environment, endangered languages, social justice).

Cecilie Sachs-Olsen- Geography


Cecilie is interested in the urban humanities, and in particular how participatory art can be used as a framework to analyse, question and re-imagine urban space and politics. Her work revolves around practice-based research with her urban performance collective, zURBS.

Danielle Sands - Comparative Literature


Danielle’s interests include animal studies, posthumanism, representations of non-human life in C20 and C21 philosophy and literature, environmental ethics, and the Anthropocene.

Jo Shapcott - English


Jo is a poet whose interests include poetry and science and poetry and the environment, she has collaborated with geographers on work around writing place and environment.




Efi Spentzou - Classics


Efi is interested in gendered notions of home, nomadism, exile and encounters in literature. She is editing a volume on the production of space in Latin literature.

Rachael Squire- Geography


Rachael’s interests lie at the intersections of the elemental, material and geopolitical. More specifically, she focuses on issues pertaining to depth, the subterranean, and the geographies of extreme environments. Rachael is also interested in experimental methodologies.

Henry Stobart - Music


Henry's research focuses on indigenous music, music-video production, media piracy, and heritage issues in the Bolivian Andes. His background is as a performer, working widely with the Early/World Music ensemble SIRINU.

Shzr Ee Tan - Music


Shzr Ee’s interests include Sinophone musical cultures and media, cosmopolitanism, nostalgia, gender and the politics of music. She is also interested in indigeneity and Southeast Asia.

Varyl Thorndycraft- Geography


Varyl is a geomorphologist interested in land-art and landscape-inspired contemporary music. He is on the British Society for Geomorphology’s ‘Visualising Geomorphology Working Group’.

Weipin Tsai - History


Weipin is interested in Chinese modernisation and its engagement in globalisation from the 19th century, particularly the geographies of information, including postal networks and newspapers.

My research focuses on the social and political history of late antiquity, with special attention to processes of supra-regional institution building and polictical fragmentation.

Katie Willis - Geography


Katie's research interests include concerns with gender, migration, place and belonging especially in the Global South. Her recent work includes an ESRC funded network with colleagues in Social Work and Media Studies exploring unaccompanied and separated children seeking asylum.




Libby Worth - Drama and Theatre


Libby’s research interests span dance and theatre with particular current focus on site-specific performance, transnational mobility of dances and dance scores (folk and amateur), performer training and somatic practices.

Sarah Wright - Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Sarah's current work explores childhood and nation in world cinemas, considering ideas of nation, transnationalism, belonging and encounter. She is also interested ways to locate the voice in world cinemas.


Affliate Members 


James Dixon

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James has active research interests in art and archaeology, public archaeology, urban regeneration and multi-disciplinary, site-responsive field practice.  He received his PhD in Creative Arts from UWE in 2011 for a thesis public art and the ongoing regeneration of central Bristol, 1940-2010.  James is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Philip Hatfield - Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies


Phil is interested in digital mapping, North American geographies and geographies of photography.  He also researches the history of polar exploration.  Phil is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Laura Price - Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Laura is a feminist cultural geographer who is interested in the geographies of making, particularly knitting.  She currently writes educational resources for GCSE and A Level Geography.

Janet Owen - Geography


Janet is interested in the multi-sensory collecting journeys of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, as case-studies in developing museum collection narratives.

David Rooney

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David is Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, with particular interests in infrastructure networks such as traffic and time distribution. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Helen Scalway - Geography

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Helen is interested in finding innovative ways of understanding relationships through visualisation of spatialities, particularly in contested situations such as those produced in stressed ecologies. Helen is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Dominic Walker


Dominic engages with creative practitioners to experiment with new forms of knowledge. He is particularly interested in institutions, social practice and creative methodologies, and uses experimental geographies to experiment with new forms of institutions.

Evelyn Wilson - Co-Director The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE)


My practice involves creating and curating platforms, methods and activities that enable encounter, conversation, collaboration and frisson between researchers, artists, creatives and others around issues of mutual concern. Evelyn is an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway.

Bergit Arends - Geography and Drama and Theatre

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As a curator, Bergit works collaboratively with visual artists in studying their formulations of environmental change through the uses of archival, fieldwork, and expeditionary methods.


Postgraduate members


Keith Alcorn - Geography and History


Keith is researching the ways in which plants from British colonies became part of the British landscape in the 19th century.

Clare Booker - Geography


Clare is interested in art and airports, and in particular the use of different often digital viewing technologies for knowng airport spaces.

Jeremy Brown - Geography with the British Library


With a background in classics and art history, Jeremy is currently working on the social, artistic and material positions of maps in the Grand Tour.

Ed Brookes, Department of Geography

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I am interested in the geographies of architecture and domestic space. My work explores how creative and archaeological methods offer new understandings of everyday architectures.

Miriam Burke - Geography


Miriam is interested in exploring and developing creative projects that cultivate community engagement with environmental change.

Stefano Carnelli - Geography and SMLL

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With a background in architecture, urbanism and sociology, Stefano’s work explores the intersection between photography, cultural geography and sacred space.

Hattie Coppard - Geography


Hattie is interested in the ephemeral geographies of play and the insights artist’s methods of enquiry can bring to an understanding of playing and place.

Jan Faull - Geography with RGS-IBG


Jan is interested in the relationship between historical geography and media culture. She works on interpreting and re-assessing the role of early expeditionary film.



Natalie Hyacinth - Geography and Music


Natalie is interested in the geographies of spirituality and sound. Her research involves participatory ethnography with a diverse range of faiths in Ealing, West London.

William Jamieson, Department of Geography

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William is interested in the integration of political geography and literary theory through critical creative writing practices, examining how capital reads and writes space.

Frankie Kubicki, Geography and Kew Gardens

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Frankie's research interests focus on materiality, material culture and the mundane. Her PhD explores the history of plants and papermaking in the nineteenth century.

Jack Lowe - Geography and Media Arts

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Jack is a cultural geographer whose practice-based research engages with digital games and other interactive media arts to explore their potential to tell, and enable individuals to share, the stories that make places meaningful to people.

Lucy Mercer - Geography and English


Lucy is interested in how ecological philosophy can inform literary criticism and poetic practice. She is a poet who also collaborates with artists to produce a variety of work.

Ben Murphy - Geography


Ben's doctoral research intertwines photographic practice and geography to reflect on how human activity and intervention affects atmospheres within spaces and creates a sense of place.

Benjamin Newman - Geography and Royal Geographical Society


Ben is a postgraduate researcher collaborating with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He is interested in the geographies of knowledge, science, and travel.

Holly Nielsen - History

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Holly's research explores British board games c.1860-1960. She is interested in the history of play, materiality, intergenerational familial dynamics, and understanding categories of age through play.

Flora Parrott - Geography


 Flora is a Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence, her artwork explores materiality and methods of representing physical experience of place.

Tess Pinto - Geography


Tess' work focuses on the intersection of politics, urban landscapes and attitudes towards the past. In particular, it explores the conservation and planning cultures of the Greater London Council from the 1960s until the mid-1980s.

Huw Rowlands- Geography


Huw is interested in performances of colonial-Indigenous first contact encounters in different times and places. He is seeking to understand their role in contemporary societies.

Joy Slappnig - Geography


Joy is interested in the geographies of exchange and encounter. Her PhD project researches Indigenous contribution to the map collection of the Royal Geographical Society.

Rachel Tyler - Geography

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Rachel’s research explores geographies of garments and making, and how these can be expressed through cartography. Her AHRC technē funded PhD employs a creative-practice led methodology and with a specific focus on London’s fashion industry.

Rachael Utting, Department of Geography

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I am a first year PhD student researching collecting amongst whalers in the Pacific during the 18th and 19th centuries. I’m interested in sailors, whalers, beachcombers and traders and networks of exchange in the Pacific world.

Kim Walker, Department of Geography

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Kim works on the 19th Century Cinchona bark collections (the source of the anti-malarial quinine) at the Economic Botany Department at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Fr David John Williams -History and Geography

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Fr David’s research focuses on shared sacred spaces in the Byzantine Mediterranean.

Bethan Lloyd Worthington - Geography

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Bethan is an artist working with installation, ceramics and books. Her practice-based research centres on the excavation of Gully Cave in Somerset and practices of climate reconstruction.




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