Prof Peter Merriman BA and PhD degrees, School of Geography at the University of Nottingham Certificate in Further Professional Studies in Higher Education, The University of Reading
Professor Peter Merriman is a cultural and historical geographer whose interdisciplinary research focuses on mobility, theories of space and place, architectural geographies, nationalism and national identity, and the cultural-historical geographies of 20th Century Wales. He is one of the world's leading scholars in mobility studies.
Pete completed his BA and PhD degrees in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, and he was a Lecturer at The University of Reading from 2000 to 2005. Pete joined the Department as a Lecturer in July 2005, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, Reader in 2012, and a Personal Chair in 2014. Pete is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers, as well as being a Fellow of the HEA, Book Reviews Editor for 'Cultural Geographies' and Associate Editor of 'Transfers''. He also sits on the editorial boards of 'Mobilities', 'AppliedMobilities', and the interdisciplinary 'Spatial Practices' book series published by Rodopi. He has previously served as a member of the Management Group of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre.
Responsibilities: * Director of Research, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences * Head of the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group * Chair of the DGES Research Committee * Member of the IGHPP Research Committee * Member of DGES Executive Committee
- GG28500 - Placing Culture
- GG14410 - Place, Culture and Society
- GG36220 - Landscapes of British Modernity
- GG28520 - Placing Culture
Areas of PhD supervision:
- Cultural and historical geography
- Mobility and transport
- Space and social theory
- Cultures of landscape
- Twentieth century Britain
- Welsh cultural history/Welsh nationalism
Current PhD Students: * Will Andrews * Nina Sharp * Lowri Ponsford * Eugene Dubens * Prididome Pipatchukiat * Flossie Baldock
My long-standing interest in mobility and driving stems from my doctoral research at the University of Nottingham, which was revised and published as 'Driving spaces: a cultural-historical geography of England's M1 motorway' (Blackwell Publishing, 2007). My second book, 'Mobility, Space and Culture' (Routledge, 2012), combines a critical interrogation of theoretical approaches to 'mobility', 'space' and 'place'/'site' with detailed empirical research on experiences of, and social reactions to, driving in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
In addition, to these two major projects I co-edited 'Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects' (Ashgate, 2011), and 'The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities' (2014). I am currently preparing edited volumes on mobility and the humanities, mobility and empire, and military mobilities. I am an Associate Editor of 'Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies', a member of the editorial boards of 'Mobilities' and ‘Applied Mobilities’. From 2015 to 2017 I authored the annual progress reports on mobilities for 'Progress in Human Geography'.
Theories of Space and Place
Over the past five years I have been working on a number of publications which seek to advance contemporary theories of landscape, space and place in the social sciences and humanities. Following the publication of my book 'Mobility, Space and Culture' (2012), I edited a four-volume major reference work on ‘Space’ in the ‘Critical Concepts in Geography Series (Routledge, 2016). I am currently writing a book on 'Space' for Routledge's 'Key ideas in Geography' Series.
Nationalism and National Identity
Over the past few years I have been undertaking research with my colleague Rhys Jones on theoretical approaches to the nation, nationalism and national identity, examined through the lens of the cultural and political history of Welsh national identity and nationalism.
Mobility and the Humanities. Mobilities 12 (4) pp. 493-508. Cadair2017.
Military Mobilities in an Age of Global War, 1870-1945. Journal of Historical Geography Cadair2017.
Mobility Infrastructures: Modern visions, affective environments, and the problem of car parking. In (eds) Traces of a Mobile Field: Ten Years of Mobilities Research. Taylor & Francis pp. 83-98. Cadair2017.
Afterword: Ordinary mobilities, ordinary incarcerations. In (eds) Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration. Routledge Studies in Human Geography Taylor & Francis, London pp. 250-251. Cadair2016.
Performing internal migration. In (eds) Internal migration: geographical perspectives and processes. International Population Studies Taylor & Francis, Farnham pp. 149-164. Cadair2015.
Motorways and the modernisation of Britain's road network, 1937-70. In (eds) From rail to road and back again?: a century of transport competition and interdependency. Taylor & Francis, Farnham pp. 315-338. Cadair2015.
Mobility. In (eds) Globalization in practice. Oxford University Press, Oxford pp. 31-34. Cadair2014.
The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis Cadair2014.
Introduction: Genealogies, philosophies, approaches. In (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 21-24. Cadair2014.
Networking communities: mobility, nationalism and the historical geographies of connective infrastructures. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Other2013.
Motorways, modern heritage and the British Landscape. In (eds) The Good, the Bad and the Unbuilt: Handling the Heritage of the Recent Past. Archaeopress, Oxford Cadair2012.
Driving places: Marc Augé, non-places and the geographies of England’s M1 motorway. In (eds) Human Geography: Space, Place and Landscape. SAGE Publications, London pp. 315-336. Cadair2011.
Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis Cadair2011.
Introduction: Geographies of mobilities: practices, spaces, subjects. In (eds) Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis pp. 1-15. Cadair2011.
Roads: Lawrence Halprin, modern dance and the American freeway landscape. In (eds) Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis pp. 99-117. Cadair2011.
Enfolding and gathering the landscape: the geographies of England's M1 motorway corridor. In (eds) Routes, Roads and Landscapes. Taylor & Francis pp. 213-226. Cadair2011.
Marc Augé. In (eds) Key Thinkers on Space and Place . 2ndth edn, SAGE Publications pp. 26-33. Cadair2010.
Architecture and geography. In (ed) Encyclopedia of Geography. SAGE Publications Cadair2010.
Marc Augé on space, place and non-place. Irish Journal of French Studies (9) pp. 9-29. Cadair2009.
The First Day on the M1. BBC History Magazine 10 (11) pp. 62-65. Cadair2009.
The M1 at 50. Cadair2009.
Mobility. In (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier pp. 134-143. Cadair2009.
Driving Germany: the Landscape of the German Autobahn, 1930-1970, Thomas Zeller. Berghahn Books, Oxford (2007), 289 pages, £50 hardback. Journal of Historical Geography 34 (4) pp. 661-663. 10.1016/j.jhg.2008.07.003 Cadair2008.
'Beautified' is a vile phrase : the politics and aesthetics of landscaping roads in Pre- and Post-war Britain. In (eds) The world beyond the windshield : roads and landscapes in the United States and Europe. Ohio University Press, Ohio pp. 168-186. Cadair2008.
Driving spaces: a cultural-historical geography of England's M1 motorway. Wiley, Oxford Cadair2007.
'A new look at the English landscape': landscape architecture, movement and the aesthetics of motorways in early postwar Britain. Cultural Geographies 13 (1) pp. 78-105. 10.1191/1474474006eu351oa Cadair Other2006.
Places/non-places. Performance Research 11 (3) pp. 94-95. Cadair2006.
'Respect the life of the countryside': the Country Code, government and the conduct of visitors to the countryside in post-war England and Wales. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30 (3) pp. 336-350. 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2005.00175.x Cadair Other2005.