Personal profile


I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1976, and then spent a year as a Special Student at Harvard University. I returned to Cambridge from 1977-9, studying for my PhD, then moved to a lectureship at Queen Mary, University of London.  I was awarded my PhD in 1984 and was promoted to a Readership at Queen Mary in 1995.  I moved from Queen Mary to Portsmouth in 2000.

Research Interests

  • History of the North-South divide in Britain
  • Data models for gazetteers and geospatial ontologies
  • Long-run impacts of locality characteristics on health inequalities
  • The role of travellers in the development of political life

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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