Social, Cultural and Historical Geography at Royal Holloway (SCHG) has played a major role in the development of the subject internationally over the last twenty years. The Group has a distinctive record of research in the arts and humanities as well as the social sciences.
SCHG organizes a lively programme of events, including seminars, workshops and field visits. The Group runs a well-established postgraduate workshop series Landscape Surgery at Royal Holloway’s centre in Bloomsbury.
SCHG has supported influential research projects on place, landscape and mobility, creative and collaborative geographies, transnational material cultures, visual cultures of exploration, print culture and travel, sacred spaces, multi-culturalism and urban modernities.
SCHG is home to a large and intellectually vibrant postgraduate community. We supervise at any one time around 40 PhD students, many funded by national and international scholarships (a list of recently completed PhD theses can be found here).
The Group runs the successful MA in Cultural Geography (Research). We also welcome visiting students from overseas. Many of our former students are now established academics in Universities all over the world.
SCHG has developed collaborations with a variety of leading institutions in the UK cultural sector, including the Science Museum, V&A Museum, National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, British Library, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the RGS-IBG.
SCHG has pioneered collaborations with creative practitioners, as artists in residence, postgraduate researchers, research fellows and participants in AHRC-funded research projects.
Our Honorary researchers
SCHG includes Honorary Research Associates, Fellows and Visiting Professors from a number of academic and non-HEA institutions. For example, Dr. Phil Hatfield is Head of the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies, Dr. Mark Thorpe is Director of Truth, and Professor Mark Nesbitt is a Senior Research Leader at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Our international HRAs include Professor Ola Söderström from the University of Neuchatel and President of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Swiss National Science Foundation and Dr. André Reyes Novaes from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For a complete list of our Research Associates, click here.
Our PhD students
Click here to find out more about our PhD students and their research.