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

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 beginning my PhD, supervised by Jacquie Burgess. In 1994 I moved to Bristol to work as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Geography while writing up my PhD, which was awarded in 1995. In the autumn of that year I moved to Exeter to work as a Tutor, becoming a Lecturer there until September 2000, when I returned to UCL.

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 constructions of drink as a spatial problem, and on the parallels between historical and contemporary policy, popular and medical discussions of binge-drinking. Recently my interests have turned to temperance insurance, 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, Iain M. Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson, and (briefly) Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood. I'm also interested in Maureen Duffy, M. John Harrison, and other writers.

Teaching Summary


  • GEOG 1001: London: A Geographical Introduction (contributor)
  • GEOG 1006: Ideas in Geography (convenor and contributor)
  • GEOG 2024: Cultural and Historical Geographies (co-convenor with Dr Caroline Bressey)
  • Consuming Modernities (convenor)

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