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Professor Peter Merriman is a cultural and historical geographer whose interdisciplinary research focuses on mobility, port histories and heritage, theories of space and place, nationalism and national identity, and 20th Century Wales. He is one of the world's leading scholars in mobility studies.
Pete completed his BA and PhD degrees in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, and he was a Lecturer at The University of Reading from 2000 to 2005. Pete joined the Department as a Lecturer in July 2005, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, Reader in 2012, and a Personal Chair in 2014. Pete is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers, as well as being a Fellow of the HEA, Book Reviews Editor for 'Cultural Geographies' and Associate Editor of 'Transfers''. He also sits on the editorial boards of 'Mobilities', 'AppliedMobilities', and two book series. He has previously served as a member of the Management Group of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre.
Responsibilities: * Director of Research, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences * Head of the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group * Chair of the DGES Research Committee * Member of the IGHPP Research Committee * Member of DGES Executive Committee
My long-standing interest in mobility and driving stems from my doctoral research at the University of Nottingham, which was revised and published as 'Driving spaces: a cultural-historical geography of England's M1 motorway' (Blackwell Publishing, 2007). My second book, 'Mobility, Space and Culture' (Routledge, 2012), combines a critical interrogation of theoretical approaches to 'mobility', 'space' and 'place'/'site' with detailed empirical research on experiences of, and social reactions to, driving in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
In addition, to these two major projects I co-edited 'Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects' (Ashgate, 2011), and 'The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities' (2014). I am currently preparing edited volumes on mobility and the humanities, mobility and empire, and military mobilities. I am an Associate Editor of 'Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies', a member of the editorial boards of 'Mobilities' and ‘Applied Mobilities’. From 2015 to 2017 I authored the annual progress reports on mobilities for 'Progress in Human Geography'.
Theories of Space and Place
Over the past five years I have been working on a number of publications which seek to advance contemporary theories of landscape, space and place in the social sciences and humanities. Following the publication of my book 'Mobility, Space and Culture' (2012), I edited a four-volume major reference work on ‘Space’ in the ‘Critical Concepts in Geography Series (Routledge, 2016). I am currently writing a book on 'Space' for Routledge's 'Key ideas in Geography' Series.
Nationalism and National Identity
Over the past few years I have been undertaking research with my colleague Rhys Jones on theoretical approaches to the nation, nationalism and national identity, examined through the lens of the cultural and political history of Welsh national identity and nationalism.
Areas of PhD supervision:
- Cultural and historical geography
- Mobility and transport
- Space and social theory
- Cultures of landscape
- Twentieth century Britain
- Welsh cultural history/Welsh nationalism
Current PhD Students:
- Nina Sharp
- Lowri Ponsford
- Eugene Dubens
- Prididome Pipatchukiat
- Flossie Baldock