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Robin Butlin Prof Robin Butlin

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


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Research overview

Robin Butlin is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Geography. His main research interest is in historical geography. Current research fields are: historical geographies of European Imperialism; the history of geographical thought and institutions in Britain; and the maps and landscape drawings in the Geographical Handbooks produced by N.I.D. 5 during the Second World War.


Robin A. Butlin (2012), Reflections on the origins and early development of a special research group: the Historical Geography Research Group of the Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society, c. 1960-2000, in Book of Abstracts, XV Conference of Historical Geographers (Prague), 130.

Robin A. Butlin (2010), Reflections, in J. Langton and G. Jones (eds), Forests and Chases of Medieval England and Wales, St John’s College, Oxford, 155-158.

Robin A. Butlin (2009), Geographies of Empire: European imperialism and colonialism c. 1880-1960, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 673pp;

Robin A. Butlin (2009), Historical geographies of knowledge and education, in Kitchen, R. and Thrift  N. (eds), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol 1,  15-24.

Robin A. Butlin (2009), H. C. Darby, in Kitchen, R. and Thrift  N. (eds), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol....

Current projects

  • 'A profoundly intricate and profitable subject’: the origins and development of Geography at the University of Leeds, c. 1900-2012

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