• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Subaltern and decolonial investigation.
Geographies of colonisation and decolonization.
Geographies of power, conflict, enmity, resistance, hope.

Personal profile

Research overview

Historical geography; history and philosophy of geography; colonial and postcolonial geographies; decolonial and subaltern investigation; archival and global-comparative methods.

Member of the School's Gossip research group https://gossip.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Co-editor (2015-2021) The Scottish Geographical Journal https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsgj19/current

Dan's research and teaching is broadly in the area of historical geography, and with a core interest in geography 'in the round', and how the discipline aspires to be critical, equitable, inclusive and hopeful (in an age of doom).  In more specialist terms, he has long-standing interests in: (a) how power dynamics of colonialism and empire, past and present, are lived, imagined and landscaped geographically; and (b) the nature of geography as a discipline and discourse concerned with links between environment and society, and 'us' and 'them', and that has struggled with a damaging investment in Eurocentric and imperialist ways of knowing.  He has worked, in these veins, on exploration and cartography; western-Native contact and colonialism in North America and the Pacific c. 1750-1850 (including the book Islands of Truth); the idea of tropicality c.1870-present (including the book Impure and Worldly Geography); and spaces of decolonisation and revolution c. 1940-1980.  His research engages postcolonial, subaltern and decolonial literatures and approaches, and is expedited through courses at St Andrews on the historical geography of capitalism; geographic thought; and colonial and postcolonial geographies.         

Dan's current projects are on: 'decolonisation and asymmetric life'; and 'the jungle environment of the Vietnam War'; and with a longer/wider book project on Colonialism's Geographies.  He is also involved in a collaborative project on 'imperial immunities' (with Prof. Jo Sharp SGSD, and Prof. Christos Lynteris SPAFS).

Future research

Colonialism's Geographies (book project)

Decolonisation and asymmetric life, 1945-1991 (funded project)

Life and times of the decolonial (unfunded project)

Academic/Professional Qualification

B.A. (Hons), University of Cambridge; M.A., University of Cambridge; M.A., University of British Columbia; Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Royal Scottish Geographical Society - Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee

1 Oct 2018 → …

ESRC Peer Review College – ESRC Global Challenges Fund

1 Oct 2016 → …

Co-editor, Scottish Geographical Journal

1 Dec 2015 → …

Editorial Board, BC Studies

1 Jan 1997 → …


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