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- Emeritus Professor
- Dept of Geography
- Faculty of S&HS
Richard Dennis read Geography as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. His PhD thesis, 'Community and social interaction in a Victorian city: Huddersfield, 1850-1880', prepared the way for a book on English Industrial Cities of the Nineteenth Century: A Social Geography (Cambridge University Press, 1984). After a year as Junior Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Sheffield, he was appointed Lecturer at UCL in 1974, and promoted to Reader in 1991 and Professor in 2009. He has also spent periods as a Leverhulme Research Fellow and Research Associate at the University of Toronto (1986-87), as Visiting Lecturer in Geography at UCLA (1982), and as Visiting Professor at Macalaster College and the University of Minnesota (1991). He is a Trustee and Editorial Committee member of The London Journal, and was previously co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography and assistant editor of The Journal of Urban History. He is on the steering committee of UCL's Urban Laboratory and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas.
- on experience of the city as expressed in literature, especially in the writings of the late Victorian novelist, George Gissing, focused on London, and on his contemporaries and equivalents in New York and Toronto.
- on new forms of urban residence, including model dwellings for the poor and mansion flats/ apartments for the better-off, and on planning and cultural conflicts associated with these developments - debates about zoning, family life, mobility and transiency, and the place of independent women in late 19th and early 20th century cities
- on public transport and the city, especially controversies, environmental and planning problems, and public anxiety and excitement surrounding the introduction of underground and elevated railways.
London:A Geographical Introduction I am the convener of this major first-year course, and teach modules on 'The Historical Geography of London' and 'Housing Problems'.
Methods in Human Geography I teach a module on historical methods.
Cities and Modernity A specialist third-year course closely related to my research interests in British and North American cities, 1850-1939.
Modern Cities: Representing Modernity, 1850-1920 An MSc level course, focused on questions of the production of ‘modern’ urban spaces and their representation in social surveys, cartography, art and literature.