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
Read our research feature on Professor Humphrey Southall’s work in historical geography and how crowdsourcing has helped recover placename histories lost from maps over the past century.