Humphrey Richard Southall Portrait

Professor Humphrey Southall

Professor of Historical Geography

PhD Supervisor

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I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1976, and then spent a year as a Special Student at Harvard University. I returned to Cambridge from 1977-9, studying for my PhD, then moved to a lectureship at Queen Mary, University of London.  I was awarded my PhD in 1984 and was promoted to a Readership at Queen Mary in 1995.  I moved from Queen Mary to Portsmouth in 2000.

Research interests

  • History of the North-South divide in Britain
  • Data models for gazetteers and geospatial ontologies
  • Long-run impacts of locality characteristics on health inequalities
  • The role of travellers in the development of political life