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Professor Ron Johnston FBA

Human geography, electoral studies
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About this Fellow

Ron Johnston has been a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol since 1995: previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex (1992-1995) and Professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield (1974-1992), having held posts before that at the University of Canterbury (1967-1974) and Monash University (1964-1966). His main research interests are in electoral studies, urban social geography and the history of geography. He was awarded the OBE for services to scholarship in 2011, and the Prix Vautrin Lud in 1999: he also has awards from the Royal Geographical Society, the Association of American Geographers and the Political Studies Association.



Current post

  • Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Geography, The University of Sheffield, 1974 - 1992
  • Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex, 1992 - 1995
  • Professor of Geography, University of Bristol, 1995
  • Professor, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University of Bristol, 1995


The Boundary Commissions 1999

Money and Electoral Politics 2014

Drawing a new constituency map for the United Kingdom 2010

Choosing an electoral system 2010

From votes to seats 2001

Geography and geographers 2016

Dictionary of human geography 2009

Putting Voters in Their Place 2006

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