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Professor David Atkinson


David Atkinson

Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography

Biography David Atkinson is a cultural and historical geographer who has taught and researched at the University of Hull since 1998. He is Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment.

His research interests include the geographies of totalitarianism in the 'dark' 20th century, including the roles of geographers and geographical sciences in the production of modern Italy and Italian colonial territory.

David also works on the histories of geographical knowledge and its many and varied applications and imaginaries.

A final interest revolves around the intersections of place, memory, identity and landscape. This has involved the insistent eruptions of the past in the spaces of the present, and the celebration and promotion of place through mega events and other media.

Before moving to Hull, David was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He undertook his PhD at the University of Loughborough, with time spent as an Italian Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholar and as a double Rome-awardee of the British School at Rome (a British Academy International Research Institute).

David spent the period 2016 -21 in academic leadership roles.
- He served as Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2016-2021.
- He was also Chair (Director) of the Society for Libyan Studies (one of the British Academy's seven British International Research Institutes), 2016-20.

Other key research leadership roles include service on the:
- Italian Research Assessment Exercise (2005-06 and 2012-13)
- Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters (academic board), The British School at Rome (British Academy British International Research Institute), 2005-08
- ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, Academic Quality Committee, 2019-22
- Member of Council, Society for Libyan Studies (British Academy British International Research Institute), 2013-16, 2020-23
- Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Evaluation Committee 2016-19
- Chair, Political Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers, 2006-08
- Trustee, Hull Maritime Foundation, 2022-25
- Trustee, The University of Hull Maritime History Trust, 2019-22.
Scopus Author ID 37094538100