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Professor Ron Johnston

Professor Ron Johnston

Professor Ron Johnston
M.A.(Manc.), Ph.D. (Monash), LL.D.(Monash), D.U.(Essex), D.Litt(Sheff.), D.Litt(Bath), AcSS, F.B.A., OBE, BA (Hons) Manchester

Professor of Geography

Area of research

Electoral and social geography; the history of geography

Office 1.9S
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 9116

Research summary

Ron’s academic work has focused on political geography (especially electoral studies), urban geography - much of the work in those two fields involving innovative use of multivariate statistical methods -  and the history of human geography.

Electoral studies

In this field, Ron has published many innovative analytical and empirical studies of electoral systems and voting behaviour, with particular reference to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States. Initial work was done while he was still in New Zealand, but the work flourished after his return to England in 1974 in a productive partnership with Peter Taylor with whom he ...

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RON JOHNSTON joined the School in 1995, having previously worked in the Departments of Geography at Monash University (1964-1966) and the Universities of Canterbury (1967-1974) and Sheffield (1972-1992) and as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex (1992-1995).


Ron's main research has been into electoral studies (with particular reference to voting patterns and constituency delimitation) and social geography (especially urban segergation): much of this work has involved use and development of quantitative analyses. He has also published widely on the recent history of geography. he is the author/co-author of 55 books/monographs, editor/co-editor of 58, and author/co-author ...

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Selected publications

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