Dr. James Kneale
Department of Geography
26 Bedford Way
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7679 5535
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7679 7565
I graduated from the Department of Geography, University College London in 1990. I then worked as a Research Assistant in the Department for a year before beginning my PhD, supervised by Jacquie Burgess. In 1994 I moved to Bristol to work as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Geography while writing up my PhD, which was awarded in 1995. In the autumn of that year I moved to Exeter to work as a Tutor, becoming a Lecturer there until September 2000, when I returned to UCL.
Since then I've been Chair of Undergraduate Exam Board, Anthropology and Geography Joint Degree Tutor, Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator, and Third Year Tutor (Deputy Undergraduate Tutor),
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Kneale, J. (2016) ‘“Ghoulish Dialogues”: H. P. Lovecraft’s Weird Geographies’, in Sederholm, C. H. and Weinstock, J. (eds.) The Age of Lovecraft, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 43-61.
Kneale, J. (2015) ‘Commentary on Lovatt et al (2015): Lay and standard epidemiology - rival approaches or the beginnings of a dialogue?’, Addiction, 110, 12, 1920–1921.
French, S. and Kneale, J. (2015) ‘Insuring Biofinance: Alcohol, Risk and the Limits of Life’, Economic Sociology - The European Electronic Newsletter, Vol. 17, No 1, November 2015 available here
Kneale, J. and French, S. (2015), ‘Moderate drinking before the unit: Medicine and life assurance in Britain and the US c.1860–1930’, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2: 111–117.
Nicholls, J., and Kneale, J. (2015). Alcohol problems and policies: Historical and contemporary perspectives. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol 22, No. 2, 93-95.
Kneale, J. (2015) ‘Anstie, Francis’; ‘Carnival’; ‘Mathew, Father Theobald’; ‘Pub Crawls’; ‘Rechabite Friendly Society’; ‘Victorian England and Alcohol’ in Martin, Scott C. (ed.) Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives (Sage).
Kneale, J. and Randalls, S. (2014) ‘Invisible atmospheric knowledges in British insurance companies, 1830-1914’ History of Meteorology 6, 35-52, available here.
Boniface, S., Kneale, J. and Shelton, N. (2014) 'Drinking pattern is more strongly associated with under-reporting of alcoholconsumption than socio-demographic factors: evidence from a mixed-methods study,' BMC Public Health 14: 1297 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1297
Kneale, J. (2014) ‘Accidental Impact’, for special issue of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies on ‘Social and Cultural Geographies of Impact’, Volume 13, issue 1, 2014, pp43-46, available here.
Kneale, J. and French, S. (2013) ‘“The Relations of Inebriety to Insurance”: geographies of medicine, insurance and alcohol in Britain, 1840-1911’, in Herring, Regan, Weinberg, and Withington (eds.), Intoxication: Problematic Pleasures (Palgrave Macmillan), 87-109.
Kneale, J. (2013) ‘I have never been to Nasqueron: A geographer reads Iain M. Banks’, in Colebrook, M. and Cox, K. (eds.) The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders (McFarland).
Boniface, S., Kneale, J. and Shelton, N. (2013), ‘Actual and Perceived Units of Alcohol in a Self-Defined “Usual Glass” of Alcoholic Drinks in England’. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Jun 37(6): 978-83.
Kneale, J. (2012) ‘Surveying Pubs, Cities and Unfit Lives: Governmentality, drink and space in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 19 (1), 45-60.
French, S. and Kneale, J. (2012) ‘Speculating on Careless Lives: Annuitising the biofinancial subject’, Journal of Cultural Economy, 5 (4), 391-406.
Kneale, J. (2011) ‘Plots: space, conspiracy and contingency in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and Spook Country’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29 (1) 169 – 186.
McShane, A. and Kneale, J. (2011), ‘Histories and geographies of intoxicants and intoxication: an introduction’, The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 25 (1-2), 6-14, in a special double issue of the journal edited by the authors.
Kneale, J. (2011) ‘Pubs and Wine Bars’, in Southerton, D., Crane, D., Ekstrom, K., Jackson, P., Trentmann, F., Warde, A., Wilk, R. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, (CQ Press).
Kneale, J. (2010) ‘Counterfactualism, Utopia, and Historical Geography: Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt’, Journal of Historical Geography 36 (3), 297-304.
Kneale, J. (2010) ‘Monstrous and haunted media: H. P. Lovecraft and early twentieth-century communications technology’, Historical Geography 38 90-106.
Kneale, J. (2010) Consumption Controversies: Alcohol Policies in the UK, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Policy Briefing Paper 3, contributor.
Kneale, J. (2010) ‘Nightlife’ in Hutchison, Ray, Aalbers, M., Beauregard, R., and Crang, M. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (Sage), 561-66.
French, S. and Kneale, J. (2009) ‘Excessive Financialisation: Insuring Lifestyles and Everyday Geographies of Social Excess’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27 (6), 1030-1053.
Holloway, J. and Kneale, J. (2009) ‘Philosophy: Dialogism (After Bakhtin)’, in Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier).
Kneale, J. (2009) ‘Space’, in Bould, M. and Vint, S. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (Routledge), 423-32.
Kneale, J. and French, S. (2008) ‘Mapping alcohol: Health, policy and the geographies of problem drinking in Britain’, Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy 15 (3), 233–249
Holloway, J. and Kneale, J. (2008) ‘Locating haunting: a ghost-hunter's guide’, Cultural Geographies 15 (3), 297–312.
Kneale, J. (2006) ‘From beyond: H. P. Lovecraft and the place of horror’, Cultural Geographies 13, 106-206.
Kneale, J (2004) ‘Leisure, visual culture and the ‘spatial turn’’, in Aitchison and Pussard (eds.) Leisure, Space and Visual Culture: Practices and Meanings (LSA Publication No. 84), 5-8.
Kneale, J and Dwyer, C (2004) ‘Consumption’, in Duncan, Johnson, and Schein, (eds.) A Companion to Cultural Geography (Blackwell), 298-315.
Kneale, J (2003) ‘Secondary Worlds: Reading novels as geographical research’ for Blunt, Gruffud, May, Ogborn and Pinder (eds.) Cultural Geography in Practice (Arnold), 37-51.
Kitchin, R. and Kneale, J. (eds.), (2002). Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction (Continuum), including Kneale, J and Kitchin, R (2002) ‘Lost in Space’, 1-16.
Kneale, J. (2002) ‘Modernity, pleasure and the metropolis’, Journal of Urban History 28, 647-57.
Kneale, J. (2001) ‘The Place of Drink: Temperance and the public, 1856-1914’, Social and Cultural Geography 2, 43-59.
Kitchin, R. and Kneale, J. (2001), ‘Science Fiction or Future Fact? Exploring imaginative geographies of the new millennium’, Progress in Human Geography 25, 19-35.
Kneale, J (2001) ‘Working with groups’, in Limb and Dwyer, (eds.), Qualitative Methodologies for Geographers (Arnold), 136-50.
Holloway, J and Kneale, J (2000) ‘Mikhail Bakhtin: Dialogics of space’, in Crang and Thrift (eds.), Thinking Space (Routledge), 71-88.
Kneale, J. (1999) ‘“A Problem of Supervision”: moral geographies of the nineteenth century British public house’, Journal of Historical Geography 25, 333-48.
Kneale, J (1999) ‘The virtual realities of technology and fiction: reading William Gibson’s cyberspace’, in Crang, Crang, and May (eds.), Virtual Geographies: bodies, spaces and relations (Routledge), 205-21.
Kneale, J (1999), ‘The media’, in Cloke, Crang, and Goodwin (eds.), Introducing Human Geographies (Arnold), 316-23 [second edition (2005), 547-58].
Kneale, J (1996) ‘Impossible geographies’, in Littlewood and Stockwell, (eds.) Impossibility Fiction (Rodopi), 147-62.
My research interests are in cultural and historical geography, particularly these two areas:
The first concerns historical and contemporary geographies of drink, drunkenness, and temperance. I have published on nineteenth- and twentieth-century constructions of drink as a spatial problem, and on the parallels between historical and contemporary policy, popular and medical discussions of binge-drinking. Recently my interests have turned to temperance insurance, working with Dr Shaun French at the University of Nottingham. I was one of the organizers of 'Under Control?', the Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference, in June 2013; a member of the ESRC's network on Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective and a member of the Warwick Drinking Studies Network.
I am a co-investigator on the ‘Insuring healthcare in a digital world’ project funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award within the Society And Ethics programme (£34,068, 2015-16), with Liz McFall (OU, PI), and CIs Shaun French (Nottingham) and Zsuzsanna Vargha (Leicester).
This work has led me to collaborate with Sam Randalls on the relationships between insurance and the histories and geographies of nineteenth and early twentieth-century climatology and meteorology. We've already given papers on this at the International Congress of History of Science Technology and Medicine (2013) and the British Association of Victorian Studies conference (2013 & 2014).
The second area concerns literary geographies and representations of space, particularly in non-realist genres (science fiction, horror, ghost stories, utopias, etc). As well as editingwith Rob Kitchin. I have written about William Gibson, H. P. Lovecraft, Iain M. Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson, and (briefly) Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood. I'm also interested in Maureen Duffy, M. John Harrison, and other writers. I developed some of this work through visits to the University of Tokyo in 2005 and 2007 as a visiting researcher. The first trip was funded by a ¥12 million (~£61,000) grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education for a four-year project on ‘Utopia', working with Professors Tanji, Tanji, Yaguchi, Miyamoto Alvey, Tsuchida, and Hones at the Universities of Tokyo, Yokohama Kokuritsu and Hokkaido.
With Professor Sheila Hones (Tokyo University) I established the literary geographies online bibliography. Intended as an interdisciplinary research resource, it has had nearly 14,000 views from 97 countries since the end of February 2012.
I am a Committee Member of the Royal Statistical Society's History of Statistics Study Group.
I was Secretary of theof the RGS-IBG from 2003-2006, and a Committee member from 1999-2003. For further information on this research group click .
I was a Participating Scientist in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Public Attitudes to Science study for 2011, conducted by Ipsos MORI and the British Science Association.
I contributed written and verbal evidence on histories and geographies of drinking to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee in 2009. The Committee used a good deal of this material in its First Report, January 2010, which is publicly available.
In terms of press interest, I've contributed to stories on drinking on TV (BBC Breakfast News) and radio programmes (‘Night Waves’, Radio 3; ‘The Long View’, Radio 4; BBC local radio), and in print (the Times - £, Time Out, etc). Most recently I contributed to a BBC News Magazine film on the Temperance Hospital on Hampstead Road. I was also invited to contribute to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2001.
I have also established a relationship with food artists/architects Bompas & Parr, having helped provide material for their ‘Alcoholic Architecture’ (a walk-in gin & tonic) and ‘Architectural Punchbowl’ projects. Times Online interviewed me about the former when it launched in April 2009.
Various publics have encountered my work in other ways: a UCL Lunchtime Lecture, ‘Those that don't drink, don't die so fast’ (27 Nov 2012), on temperance and insurance, which can be seen here; through three Bright Club appearances, one at Kew Gardens, and one History Showoff; and through a day of public talks held to coincide with the British Library’s exhibition on science fiction, Out of This World. I have also participated in a Café Culture discussion with author Toby Litt and others from UCL SELCS (2015), a panel quiz at the Grant Museum of Zoology (2014) and a public talk at the Petrie Museum (2014).
Finally, the collection Lost In Space is listed in the Science Fiction Studies journal’s Chronological Bibliography of Science Fiction Criticism, “critical materials on SF that the editors of SFS deem to be important, influential, or historically noteworthy”.
'Under Control?', the Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference, June 2013
Literary Geographies journal
ONLINE DATABASES, ARCHIVES, COLLECTIONS ETC
Good starting points:
Connected Histories - includes the following resources and many more: The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913, British History Online, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, London Lives (1690-1800), C19th Newspaper.
Go to C19th Newspapers and then click on ‘Change Database’ at the top of the page; then click ‘Newsvault’, the fourth option down, to search C18th-C19th Newspapers and Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive, Times Digital Archive, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive and more.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers (from inside UCL) - a different set of papers, periodicals etc - UK and otherwise
Maps and Places:
Digimap - then select Historic Digimap, then Ancient Roam for historical maps
Monuments and Dust: the culture of Victorian London. Includes versions of London: A Pilgrimage, Doré and Jerrold (1872) and Mayhew's London Labour And The London Poor, Vol. 1 (1861).
- Joe Thorogood, 'Geopolitics, Assemblage and the War on Drugs: Changing Dynamics of Opioid Consumption', (f/t, ESRC 1+3 award), second supervisor with Dr Jason Dittmer, 2015-present.
- Ruth Mason, 'Methodism as Designed Space? (1851 - 1932)' (f/t, Wolfson Scholarship). 2013-present.
Charlotte Jones, ‘A Social History of Turkish Baths in Victorian London’ (f/t, ESRC 1+3 award). Supervised jointly with Dr. Richard Dennis, 2008-present.
RECENTLY COMPLETED STUDENTS
- Adefemi Adekunle, ‘“You have to represent your ends.” Youth territoriality in Inner City London’ (f/t, ESRC CASE funded), started 2008, second supervisor 2010-2014.
- Linda Ng, ‘Understanding and promoting sensible drinking in young people: a mixed method approach’ (Impact studentship & Alcohol Education and Research Council-funded), second supervisor with Dr Nicola Shelton (Epidemiology and Public Health), 2010-14.
- Beck Collins, ‘Investigating UK Teens' Consumption Through The Lens of Divestment’ (f/t, ESRC 1+3 funded). Started 2009, second supervisor, 2010-2013.
- Sadie Boniface, ‘Finding the missing units’ (MRC-funded), second supervisor with Dr Nicola Shelton (Epidemiology and Public Health), 2010-2013.
- Hang Kei Ho, ‘Drinking Bordeaux in the 'new' Hong Kong: exploring changing identities through alcohol consumption’, (f/t, privately funded). First supervisor, 2006-2013.
- Andrew Barnfield, ‘Sport, Movement and the Event: understanding the expressivity of Football’ (f/t, privately funded). Second supervisor, 2008-2012.
- Darya Malyutina, 'Migrant sociality in a 'global city': friendship, transnational networks, racism and cosmopolitanism. A study of Russian-speaking migrants in London.’ (f/t, ORS-funded). Second supervisor, 2009-2012.