Cultural and Historical Geography PhD

The University of Nottingham – Faculty of Social Sciences

Cultural and Historical Geography is a distinctive, internationally-renowned research theme within the school. Research in this area is shaped by, and has shaped, wider developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Research combines sustained engagement with empirical material with commitment to theoretical innovation, and demonstrates the geographical and historical diversity of subject matter with cultural and historical geography.

The research agenda in cultural and historical geography has been shaped by three interconnected themes:

  • Cultures of Landscape
  • Historical Geographies of Empire, Environment and Health
  • Histories of Geographical and Environmental Knowledge

Research conducted in Cultural and Historical Geography has been funded by major awards from the AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Paul Mellon Centre, the Carnegie Trust and DEFRA.

The theme attracts a large number of high-calibre postgraduate students, with funding sources including AHRC and ESRC.

The research environment is enhanced by a research theme seminar series, and the hosting of a number of visiting international scholars.


Each student is provided with their own desk space and laptop, and has access to the wider University computing and library facilities. Photocopying and telephone facilities are also provided. Each student normally has two research supervisors from within the school.

The school has an established Research Training Programme for new postgraduate students, designed to introduce researchers to key intellectual debates within their field, and to provide basic transferable research skills.

Postgraduates are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school’s four key research areas.

Students enjoy high levels of support. Research students are accommodated in the school and provided with the necessary equipment for their work, including a computer.

Students are provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and encouraged to apply for further school and University funding, for example, for conference attendance. Masters students have full access to school facilities, including the computing laboratory and resource centre.

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