Dr Keith Lilley

Historical geographer and urban morphologist

I joined GAP in 1999 as lecturer in human geography. I began my academic career at the University of Birmingham, gaining a PhD in 1995. In 1996 I was awarded a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship and took this up at Royal Holloway (University of London) in the Department of Geography. At Queen’s I primarily teach modules on urban and historical geography, with a particular focus on urban landscapes in both contemporary and historical cultural contexts. This continues a long tradition of teaching historical geography at Queen’s.

Research interests and expertise

My research interests are in historical geography and urban morphology. Broadly I use mapping and cartography as interpretative frames to explore the materiality and imagining of space, place and landscape during the later Middle Ages (CE 1000-1500). This brings me into close contact with other medievalists in disciplines such as history and archaeology. While I am one of the very few geographers working in the UK on the middle ages, medieval historical geography has been and continues to be a very distinctive aspect of research in the Geography at Queen’s, making contributions that reach across a range of disciplines concerned with the medieval past.

I am currently engaged with developing two innovative research agendas:

With pursuing both of these research agendas my principal aim is to ensure that the medieval period remains a visible and viable presence upon geography’s disciplinary ‘map’, while at the same time demonstrating to medievalists in cognate subjects, such as history, archaeology and architecture, how geographers have so much still to contribute to ongoing debates. Please do contact me if you wish to explore doctoral study at Queen’s in any of those areas of geographical research outlined above.

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