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Robin Butlin Prof Robin Butlin

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33341

Short CV

Previous posts

  • 2003 onwards. Emeritus Professor of Geography, and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds.
  • 2000-2003 Professor of Historical Geography, University of Leeds (part-time).
  • 1998-2000 Visiting Professor of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • 1995-1998 Principal and Professor of Historical Geography, University College of Ripon and York St. John, York.
  • 1979-1995 Professor of Geography, Loughborough University of Technology; 1979-1983,
  • 1979-1981 and-1987-1991, Head of Department of Geography, Loughborough University of Technology.
  • 1986-1987 Academic year: Visiting Professorial Fellow and Leverhulme Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Visiting Scholar, Geography Department, University of Cambridge.
  • 1983-1986 Dean, School [Faculty] of Human and Environmental Studies, Loughborough University of Technology.
  • 1971-1979 Lecturer in Geography, Queen Mary College, University of London.  Senior Lecturer in Geography in 1975. Reader in Historical Geography 1977-1979.
  • 1969-1970 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of ,Geography, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A
  • 1962-1971 Lecturer (from 1968 College Lecturer) in Geography, University College, Dublin.
  • 1961-1962 Demonstrator in Geography, University College of North Staffordshire (Keele)

Qualifications and Education

  • 1987 D.Litt. Loughborough University, for published work in Historical Geography: Studies in Historical Geography.
  • 1961 MA Geography (by research thesis) Liverpool
  • 1959 BA Geography Liverpool

Membership of Learned Societies

Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

(Fellow of the RGS since 1971; Member of the IBG from 1959).

The Geographical Association

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Geographical Society of Ireland

The British  Economic History Society

The Society for Landscape History

The Palestine Exploration Fund

 The British Agricultural History Society

Awards and Honours

  • 2002 Chartered Geographer
  • 2004 O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire)
  • 2004 Recipient of Festschrift, edited by A R H Baker, Home and Colonial. Essays on Landscape, Ireland, Environment and Empire in celebration of Robin Butlin’s contribution to historical geography, London: Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Historical Geography Research Series, Number 39.
  • 2004-7 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship
  • 2009 Victoria Medal, Royal Geographical Society (for research in historical geography)

Committee membership 

  • 1962-1969 Honorary Secretary, The Geographical Society of Ireland.
  • 1972-1975 Member of Council, Institute of British Geographers.
  • 1973-1977 Chair, Historical Geography Research Group, Institute of British Geographers. Previously Hon Secretary. Subsequently Treasurer.
  • 1993 Junior Vice-President, The Institute of British Geographers
  • 1995-1998 Vice-President, The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers); Chair of the Research and Higher Education Division.