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Professor Robert Mayhew


Robert Mayhew took a BA and D.Phil in Geography at Oxford (Hertford and St John's Colleges). He then held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and taught in the Department of Geography. He spent five years as a lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before moving to Bristol as a Reader in 2005. He was promoted to a personal chair in 2008. Robert is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Robert has held research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy, including being awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2007. 

Robert has published three monographs to date investigating the genealogies of various geographic concepts and categories. Enlightenment Geography (2000) attended to the nature of geographical writing, 1650-1850; Landscape, Literature and Religious Culture (2004) scrutinised the concept of landscape in the "long" eighteenth century with a particular focus on Samuel Johnson; and Malthus (2014) offered a analysis and reception history of the life and legacies of Thomas Robert Malthus.  Beyond this, Robert has edited and co-edited three books and published over sixty essays and articles. Robert was the book reviews editor for H-Net's historical geography network and also edited two monograph series for IB Tauris and Ashgate. Robert is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review

Current research directions include a major new project studying the intellectual history of British migration from 1793 to the present day, funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2020-23), and work on Robert Wallace, population thinking and the Scottish Enlightenment, funded by the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.