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 interested in undertaking research in these areas.

My current book project—provisionally entitled The forgotten radical: William Macintosh and the transnational circulation of seditious print in the Age of Revolution—focuses on the eighteenth-century Scottish travel writer William Macintosh, author of Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa (1782).


2016–date Reader in Historical Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
2014–2015 Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
2010–2013 Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
2009–2010 Teaching Fellow, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh
2008–2010 Research Associate, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh


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


Doctoral Students

2014–date   Benjamin Newman (co-supervised with Professor Klaus Dodds)
AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers): “Geography in dialogue: print culture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), c. 1830–c. 2000”.

2013–date   Hannah Awcock (co-supervised with Professor David Gilbert)
ESRC-funded 1+3 studentship: “Space, place and urban contentious politics in London”.

2013–date   Noeme Santana (co-supervised with Professor Felix Driver)
AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Science Museum: “Corporate photography and the global operations of S. Pearson & Son, 1880–1930”.

2013–date   Rosanna White (Advisor)
RHUL Crossland Research Scholarship and Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library: “Lines of possession: mapping and memorializing space in the Canadian Arctic”.

2011–2016 Elizabeth Haines (co-supervised with Dr Alasdair Pinkerton)
AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Science Museum: “A colonial cartographic economy: the contested value of mapping in Northern Rhodesia, 1915–1955”.


  • GG5010/20 MA in Cultural Geography (Research) — Module Leader
  • GG3064 Exploration, Science, and the Making of Geography — Course Leader
  • GG3001 Independent Dissertation — Supervisor
  • GG2061 Cultural Geographies and the Modern World — Course Leader / Module Leader
  • GG2003/4 Geographical Field Training II (Human Geography) — Course Leader / Module Leader
  • GG1003 & 4 Human Geography I: Cultures, Economies, History & Human Geography II: Politics, Society, Development, and Environment — Tutor

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