Research

I’m currently studying for a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. My work focuses on the printing and publishing industries in Edinburgh between 1880 and 1920, and I’m especially interested in mapmaking. This ties into my broader interests in urban history: understanding the city, manufacturing knowledge, wayfinding and navigating, spaces and places. My research forms part of a broader interdisciplinary AHRC-funded project, ‘Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History’.

I held a J.B. Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography during the spring of 2016, which I spent in the British Library, carrying out research into the development of urban fire insurance plans.

Selected conference papers:

  • Representing the city: maps, spaces of production, and urban governance in Edinburgh, 1880-1920. Urban History Group annual conference, University of Cambridge, 31 March-1 April 2016.
  • Mapmaking premises and the architecture of cartographic knowledge‘Architecture and Experience in the Nineteenth Century’, University of Oxford, 17-18 March 2016.
  • The production and use of cartographic knowledge in Edinburgh, 1880-1920. Urban History Group annual conference, University of Wolverhampton, 26-27 March 2015.
  • Spaces of production: mapmaking in Edinburgh, 1880-1920. ‘Making and Mobilising Objects’, University of Warwick, 21 February 2015.
  • Global content, local production: John Bartholomew & Son and the printing and publishing industries in Edinburgh, c.1840-1950. ‘The Global History of the Book: 1780 to the present’, University of Oxford, 4-5 December 2014.
  • Producing Spatial Knowledge: Edinburgh, 1840-1900. ‘Victorian Cities Revisited’, University of Huddersfield, 15-16 October 2014.

Find out more about my academic work by following me on academia.edu, here. I’m also on LinkedIn.

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