Dr David Lambert

Research interests

David Lambert is a Reader in Historical Geography in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.  His principal research interests are in cultural, historical and political geography, and postcolonial theory.

In 2009, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contribution to the discipline, recognised at an international level.  As a result, he is on reseach leave until March 2012.

I am a postcolonial geographer who researches European imperialism, Atlantic slavery and their legacies.  I bring a conceptual concern with space, power and identity into engagement with other fields to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and advance understanding of the past.  My particular research interests include the discourses, practices and identities that circulated around modern empires and oceans; theories of race, ethnicity and nation relating to White identities; and the material and imaginative geographies of slavery, resistance, abolition and their legacies.  Regionally, my research focuses on the Atlantic world, the Caribbean and ‘imperial remnants’ such as Gibraltar.  I am currently writing a book, The armchair explorer, on the relationships between slavery, geographical knowledge and Britain’s empire in Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  I have also become interested in the historical geographies of ‘what if…?’ and considering how counterfactuals might be used by critical geographers.

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