Professor David Gilbert

Personal profile

David Gilbert's research interests focus on the geography and history of Modern London, and modern urbanism more generally.  Key themes in this work include:

  • London's position in the geographies of imperialism
  • The development of suburbia and its cultural geographies
  • Religion in London
  • London's distinctive fashion cultures
  • The histories of planning and imagining London

David gives the opening course in Human Geography in the Department each autumn, and also teaches on the history of modern London, and at MA level on urban culture and creativity.  He has a strong group of PhD students, including several AHRC Collaborative Awards working with major London cultural and environmental organisations. His latest project is on creativity in suburban faith communities in London, funded by the AHRC, working with geographers at UCL.

David has also published more generally on the historical geographies of modern Britain, including work on protest, community identity and unemployment.

David was Head of the Department of Geography from 2011-14, and is currently Vice Principal (Quality and Standards).  

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