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Dr Merle Patchett

Dr Merle Patchett

Dr Merle Patchett
MA(Aberd), Mres(Glas), PhD(Glas)

Lecturer in Human Geography

Area of research

More-than-human geographies

Office 2.6n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 928 8478


I am a cultural-historical geographer by training (MA, MRes, PhD). My research broadly focuses on theories, histories, and geographies of practice. This focus has led me to engage empirically with a range of specialised skills (e.g. taxidermy and plumasserie), practitioners (e.g. artisans, artists and architects), and places of practice (e.g. museums, galleries and archives) and to develop practice-based methodologies.


I can categorise my work into four main themes:



  1. Historical geographies of craftwork, skill and apprenticeship.
  2. Writing and curating more-than-human histories
  3. Experimental geographical methods: practicing posthumanism
  4. Petro-cultures and architectures 


  • 'More-than-human' geographies
  • Museum geographies and the geographies of collections
  • Geographies of craft and craft work
  • Architectural practices and aesthetics.

Recent publications

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Dr Patchett currently teaches 5 courses:

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