Dr. James Kneale
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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.
- Chair of Undergraduate Exam Board, 2009-2012
- Anthropology and Geography Joint Degree Tutor, 2005-2011
- Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator, 2004 - 2007
- Member of Teaching Committee and Staff-Student Consultative Committee, 2001-2007
- Third Year Tutor (Deputy Undergraduate Tutor), 2001-2004
- - I am on sabbatical in terms 2 and 3, 2012-13 - -
- GEOG 1001: London: A Geographical Introduction (contributor)
- GEOG 1006: Ideas in Geography (convenor and contributor)
- GEOG 2024: Cultural and Historical Geographies (co-convenor with Dr Caroline Bressey)
- Consuming Modernities (convenor)
'Under Control?', the Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference, June 2013
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).
¥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.
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 gave a Lunchtime Lecture on this work, which can be seen here.
I'm one of the organizers of 'Under Control?', the Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference, in June 2013. I was a member of the ESRC's network on Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective and I'm a member of the Warwick Drinking Studies Network. I've contributed to stories on this topic on TV (BBC Breakfast News) and radio programmes (Radio 3, Radio 4) on this topic, and print (the Times - £, Time Out, etc). I also contributed written and verbal evidence on histories and geographies of drinking to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee in March and April 2009 - see the First Report, January 2010.
The second concerns literary geographies and representations of space, particularly in non-realist genres (science fiction, horror, ghost stories, utopias, etc). As well as editing piece on LA in science film ahead of the 2013 AAG for Association's Newsletter.with 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. I contributed a
I helped Professor Sheila Hones (Tokyo University) establish the literary geographies online bibliography. Intended as an interdisciplinary research resource, it has had 10,000 views from 85 countries since the end of February 2012.
I'm on the Cultural Geography editorial board for Geography Compass, and help out with the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal.
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 .
Sadie Boniface, ‘Finding the missing units’ (MRC-funded), second supervisor with Dr Nicola Shelton (Epidemiology and Public Health), starting 2010.
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), starting 2010.
Beck Collins, ‘Investigating UK Teen's Consumption Through The Lens of Divestment’ (f/t, ESRC 1+3 funded). Started 2009, second supervisor, 2010-present.
Adefemi Adekunle, ‘“You have to represent your ends.” Youth territoriality in Inner City London’ (f/t, ESRC CASE funded), started 2008, supervisory committee 2010-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
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). Co-supervisor with Dr Alan Latham, 2009-2012.
Andrew Barnfield, ‘Sport, Movement and the Event: understanding the expressivity of Football’ (f/t, privately funded). Second supervisor, 2008-2012.
Hang Kei Ho, ‘Drinking Bordeaux in the 'new' Hong Kong: exploring changing identities through alcohol consumption’, (f/t, privately funded). First supervisor, 2006-2013.