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

Prof Peter Merriman

Professor in Human Geography

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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

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Lecturer
Tutor

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

Research

Mobility

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.

Research Groups

Publications

2017

Merriman, P., Pearce, L. 2017. Mobility and the Humanities. Mobilities 12 (4) pp. 493-508. Cadair

Merriman, P., Peters, K. 2017. Military Mobilities in an Age of Global War, 1870-1945. Journal of Historical Geography Cadair

Merriman, P. 2017. Mobilities III: Arrivals. Progress in Human Geography 41 (3) pp. 375-381. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2017. Mobility Infrastructures: Modern visions, affective environments, and the problem of car parking. In J. R. Faulconbridge., A. Hui. (eds) Traces of a Mobile Field: Ten Years of Mobilities Research. Taylor & Francis pp. 83-98. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2017. ‘Landscape and Englishness’… and me. Cultural Geographies 24 (1) pp. 181-184. Cadair

Merriman, P., Peters, K., Adey, P., Cresswell, T., Forsyth, I., Woodward, R. 2017. Interventions on Military Mobilities. Political Geography 56 pp. 44-52. Cadair

Cresswell, T., Divall, C., Merriman, P., Singh, D., Stalter-Pace, S., Thelle, M. 2017. Mobilities and Representations: A Conversation with Peter Merriman, Colin Divall, Sunny Stalter-Pace, and Tim Cresswell. Mobility in History 8 (1) pp. 5-18. Cadair

2016

Merriman, P. 2016. Afterword: Ordinary mobilities, ordinary incarcerations. In J. Turner., K. Peters. (eds) Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration. Routledge Studies in Human Geography Taylor & Francis, London pp. 250-251. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2016. National bodies and affects: A reply to Antonsich and Skey. Progress in Human Geography pp. 1-3. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2016. Mobilities II: Cruising. Progress in Human Geography 40 (4) pp. 555-564. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2016. Nations, materialities and affects. Progress in Human Geography Cadair

Jones, R., Merriman, P., Mills, S. 2016. Youth organizations and the reproduction of nationalism in Britain: the role of Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Social and Cultural Geography 17 (5) pp. 714-734. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2016. Mobility Infrastructures: Modern Visions, Affective Environments, and the Problem of Car Parking. Mobilities 11 (1) pp. 83-98. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2016. Space: outlining a key concept. In P. Merriman. (ed) Space : Volume 1: Foundational Texts. Critical Concepts in Geography Taylor & Francis pp. 1-58. Other Cadair

Merriman, P. 2016. Space. Critical Concepts in Geography Taylor & Francis Other Cadair

2015

Merriman, P. 2015. Mobilities, crises and turns: some comments on dissensus, comparative studies, and spatial histories. Mobility in History 6 (1) pp. 20-34. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2015. Human geography without time-space. In P. Merriman. (ed) Space. Critical concepts in Geography Taylor & Francis pp. 163-186. Other Cadair

Halfacree, K., Merriman, P. 2015. Performing internal migration. In D. Smith., N. Finney., K. Halfacree., N. Walford. (eds) Internal migration: geographical perspectives and processes. International Population Studies Taylor & Francis, Farnham pp. 149-164. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2015. Road works: Some observations on representing roads. Transfers 5 (1) pp. 108-113. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2015. Motorways and the modernisation of Britain's road network, 1937-70. In R. Roth., C. Divall. (eds) From rail to road and back again?: a century of transport competition and interdependency. Taylor & Francis, Farnham pp. 315-338. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2015. Mobilities I: Departures. Progress in Human Geography 39 (1) pp. 87-95. Cadair

2014

Merriman, P. 2014. Mobility. In W. Rupp., N. Thrift., A. Tickell., S. Woolgar. (eds) Globalization in practice. Oxford University Press, Oxford pp. 31-34. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Introduction. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 1-20. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Introduction: Genealogies, philosophies, approaches. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 21-24. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Introduction: Qualities. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 103-106. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Introduction: Spaces, systems, infrastructures. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 183-187. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Materialities. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 265-268. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Subjects. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 345-348. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Events. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 439-441. Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., Sheller, M. 2014. Introduction. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Routledge Handbooks Taylor & Francis, London pp. 1-20. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2014. Rethinking Mobile Methods. Mobilities 9 (2) pp. 167-187. Cadair

2013

Merriman, P. 2013. Roads. In P. Adey., D. Bissell., K. Hannam., P. Merriman., M. Sheller. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. Routledge Handbooks Taylor & Francis, London pp. 196-204. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2013. Archaeologies of automobility. In P. Graves-Brown., R. Harrison., A. Piccini. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford University Press, Oxford pp. 437-450. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2013. Networking communities: mobility, nationalism and the historical geographies of connective infrastructures. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Merriman, P. 2013. Unpicking space-time: Towards new apprehensions of movement-space. In C. Ehland. (ed) Space and Mobility. Spatial practices Brill, Amsterdam pp. 177-192. Cadair

Forsyth, I., Robinson, J., Merriman, P.R., Lorimer, H. 2013. What are surfaces? Environment and Planning A 45 (5) pp. 1013-1020. Cadair

Merriman, P.R., Jones, R.A., Cresswell, T.J., Divall, C., Mom, G., Sheller, M., Urry, J. 2013. Mobility: geographies, histories, sociologies. Transfers 3 (1) pp. 147-165. Cadair

Mom, G., Clarsen, G., Merriman, P., Seiler, C., Sheller, M., Weber, H. 2013. Editorial. Transfers 3 (1) pp. 1-5. Cadair

2012

Merriman, P. 2012. Mobility, Space and Culture. International Library of Sociology Taylor & Francis Cadair

Merriman, P. 2012. Motorways, modern heritage and the British Landscape. In S. May., H. Orange., S. Penrose. (eds) The Good, the Bad and the Unbuilt: Handling the Heritage of the Recent Past. Archaeopress, Oxford Cadair

Adey, P., Bissell, D., McCormack, D., Merriman, P.R. 2012. Profiling the passenger: mobilities, identities, embodiments. Cultural Geographies 19 (2) pp. 169-193. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, M., Olsson, G., Sheppard, E., Thrift, N., Tuan, Y. 2012. Space and spatiality in theory. Dialogues in Human Geography 2 (1) pp. 3-22. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2012. Britain and the motorway club: the effect of European and North American motorway construction on attitudes in Britain, 1930-1960. Transfers 2 (1) pp. 106-133. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2012. Human geography without time-space. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37 (1) pp. 13-27. Cadair

Jones, R., Merriman, P. 2012. Network nation. Environment and Planning A 45 (4) pp. 937. Cadair

2011

Merriman, P. 2011. Driving places: Marc Augé, non-places and the geographies of England’s M1 motorway. In D. Gregory., N. Castree. (eds) Human Geography: Space, Place and Landscape. SAGE Publications, London pp. 315-336. Cadair

Jacobs, J.M., Merriman, P. 2011. Practising architectures. Social and Cultural Geography 12 (3) pp. 211-222.

Cresswell, T., Merriman, P.Cresswell, T., Merriman, P. 2011. Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis Cadair

Cresswell, T., Merriman, P. 2011. Introduction: Geographies of mobilities: practices, spaces, subjects. In T. Cresswell., P. Merriman. (eds) Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis pp. 1-15. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2011. Roads: Lawrence Halprin, modern dance and the American freeway landscape. In T. Cresswell., P. Merriman. (eds) Geographies of mobilities: Practices, Spaces, Subjects. Taylor & Francis pp. 99-117. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2011. Enfolding and gathering the landscape: the geographies of England's M1 motorway corridor. In M. Hvattum., B. Brenna., B. Elvebakk., J. K. Larsen. (eds) Routes, Roads and Landscapes. Taylor & Francis pp. 213-226. Cadair

2010

Merriman, P. 2010. Marc Augé. In P. Hubbard., R. Kitchin. (eds) Key Thinkers on Space and Place . 2ndth edn, SAGE Publications pp. 26-33. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2010. Architecture/dance: Choreographing and inhabiting spaces with Anna and Lawrence Halprin. Cultural Geographies 17 (4) pp. 427-449.

Merriman, P. 2010. Architecture and geography. In B. Warf. (ed) Encyclopedia of Geography. SAGE Publications Cadair

Merriman, P. 2010. Creating an archive of geographical engagement. Area 42 (3) pp. 387-390.

2009

Merriman, P. 2009. Mobility. In R. Kitchin., N. Thrift. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier pp. 134-143. Cadair

Merriman, P., Jones, R. 2009. 'Symbols of Justice': The Welsh Language Society’s campaign for bilingual road signs in Wales, 1967-1980. Journal of Historical Geography 35 (2) pp. 350-375.

Jones, R., Merriman, P. 2009. Hot, banal and everyday nationalism: Bilingual road signs in Wales. Political Geography 28 (3) pp. 164-173.

Merriman, P. 2009. Automobility and the geographies of the car. Geography Compass 3 (2) pp. 586-599.

Merriman, P. 2009. Marc Augé on space, place and non-place. Irish Journal of French Studies (9) pp. 9-29. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2009. The First Day on the M1. BBC History Magazine 10 (11) pp. 62-65. Cadair

Merriman, P., Webster, C. 2009. Travel projects: landscape, art, movement. Cultural Geographies 16 (4) pp. 525-535.

Merriman, P. 2009. The M1 at 50. Cadair

2008

Merriman, P. 2008. 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. Cadair

Merriman, P.R. 2008. 'Beautified' is a vile phrase : the politics and aesthetics of landscaping roads in Pre- and Post-war Britain. In C. Mauch., T. Zeller. (eds) The world beyond the windshield : roads and landscapes in the United States and Europe. Ohio University Press, Ohio pp. 168-186. Cadair

Merriman, P., Revill, G., Cresswell, T.J., Lorimer, H., Matless, D., Rose, G., Wylie, J. 2008. Landscape, mobility, practice. Social and Cultural Geography 9 (2) pp. 191-212.

2007

Merriman, P. 2007. Driving spaces: a cultural-historical geography of England's M1 motorway. Wiley, Oxford

2006

Merriman, P. 2006. ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’: Assembling and governing the motorway driver in late 1950s Britain. Sociological Review 54 (S1) pp. 75-92. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2006. '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.

Merriman, P. 2006. Places/non-places. Performance Research 11 (3) pp. 94-95. Cadair

2005

Merriman, P. 2005. '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.

Merriman, P. 2005. 'Operation motorway': Landscapes of construction on England's M1 motorway. Journal of Historical Geography 31 (1) pp. 113-133. Cadair

Merriman, P. 2005. Materiality, subjectification, and government: the geographies of Britain's Motorway Code. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23 (2) pp. 235-250.

2004

Merriman, P. 2004. Driving places - Marc Auge, non-places, and the geographies of England's M1 motorway. Theory, Culture and Society 21 (4-5) pp. 145-167.