About this Fellow
Dr Baker is an historical geographer of France. He studies the development through time and the spread through space of its voluntary associations between 1815 and 1914. Having previously examined the economic and social significance of a spectrum of work-related and risk-management associations (such as agricultural cooperatives, crop and livestock insurance societies, and mutual aid societies), he is now researching the cultural, political and religious significance of a range of leisure-related associations (such as brass bands and choirs, sports clubs, and library associations). He is exploring the ways in which the Revolutionary concept of fraternity was put into practice throughout the French provinces during the 19th century. Dr Baker also reflects upon the relations of geography and history and the nature of historical geography as an interdisciplinary study. He examines and promotes this hybrid field internationally, having helped to found and then edited for a decade the Journal of Historical Geography, and also having helped to establish in 1975 and then orchestrate a series of International Conferences of Historical Geography. Dr Baker was a student and member of staff at University College London before moving in 1966 to Cambridge, where he is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College. Dr Baker was the Editor of Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography from 1970 to 2009, publishing 44 books in the series.
- Life Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
The history of geography and cartography; the historical geography of France and the French empire in the 19th and 20th centuries
The evolution of human behaviour and culture, especially demography and anthropology; the evolutionary ecology of reproduction, cultural phylogenetics, and the evolution of co-operative behaviour
Early contact between islanders and Europeans in the Pacific during the 18th and early 19th century; Maori life, past and present; Polynesian voyaging and navigation
Cultural and political ecology, with principal specialization on agrarian change in developing countries; comparative regional study of the dynamics of people-environment interaction in the Pacific and southeast Asia