Dr Innes M. Keighren

Personal profile

I am a historical geographer with research interests in geography’s disciplinary and discursive histories, in book history, and in the history of science. My work has examined, among other topics, the history of polar science and exploration; the origins of environmentalist thought in geography; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travel writing; the communication of scientific knowledge in text, image, and speech; the popular and scholarly reception of scientific knowledge; and the circulation and diffusion of ideas. I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers interested in undertaking research in these areas.

I joined the Department of Geography in September 2010. Before that I was Teaching Fellow (2009–10) in the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh and Research Associate (2008–10) in the Institute of Geography and Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh.

Research interests

My current research—supported by a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (202021)—focuses on the eighteenth-century Scottish travel writer William Macintosh, author of Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa (1782). I am currently preparing a monograph on this project for McGill-Queen’s University Press. You can find out more about my work by visiting my website, reading my blog, or following me on Twitter.

Educational background

  • 2012. Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Teaching and Learning (Distinction), Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • 2008. Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Geography, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2003. Master of Science by Research in Historical Geography (Distinction), University of Edinburgh.
  • 2002. Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geography (First Class), University of Edinburgh.

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