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Dr James Kneale
26 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 5535
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7679 7565
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

I graduated from the Department of Geography, University College London in 1990. I then worked as a Research Assistant in the Department for a year before working on my PhD, supervised by Jacquie Burgess. Before returning to UCL in 2000 I lectured at Bristol and Exeter.

Research Summary

My research interests are in cultural and historical geography, particularly these two areas:

The first concerns historical and contemporary geographies of drink, drunkenness, and temperance. I have published on nineteenth- and twentieth-century drinking places, constructions of drink as a spatial problem, and the connections between temperance, medicine and life assurance, working with Dr Shaun French at the University of Nottingham.

The second concerns literary geographies and representations of space, particularly in non-realist genres (science fiction, horror, ghost stories, utopias, etc). As well as editing a collection on geographies of science fiction with Rob Kitchin, I have written about William Gibson, H. P. Lovecraft, and and other writers.

Teaching Summary


  • GEOG 2024: Cultural and Historical Geographies (co-convenor with Dr Caroline Bressey)
  • GEOG0032: Human Geography Field Course (co-convenor with Prof Tariq Jazeel)
  • GEOG0059: Geography, Culture and Materiality (co-convenor with Prof Tariq Jazeel)
  • with contributions to GEOG0151 Thinking Geographically I; GEOG0014 Geography in the Field 2; GEOG0150 Space and Society
  • Geographies of Material Culture (convenor)

Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1990   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University College London
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