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Professor Ian Simmons FBA

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Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Durham

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Geography, University of Bristol, 1977 - 1981
  • Professor of Geography, University of Durham, 1981 - 2001
  • Lecturer, Reader in Geography, University of Durham, 1962 - 1977

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2000 - 2003


Changing the face of the earth (1989)

The environmental impact of later mesolithic cultures (1996)

An environmental history of Great Britain (2001)

The Moorlands of England and Wales. An Environmental History 8000 BC to AD 2000 (2003)

Global Environmental History 10,000 BC to AD 2000 (2008)

Other Anthropology and Geography Fellows

Professor Dame Anne Salmond

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

Professor Harold Brookfield

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

Professor John Gledhill

Social anthropology: thematic interests in comparative analysis of political life, power relations, social movements, the state, political economy, migration, conflict and security; regional specialisation in Latin American societies and history

Professor Michael Goodchild

The representation and analysis of phenomena distributed in space and time, especially the space of the Earth's surface; the application of geographic information systems to research in the social sciences and humanities.