Dr Ruth Craggs
Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Geography
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7980
Department of Geography
King's College London
K7.51 King's Building
Commonwealth Oral History Project: www.commonwealthoralhistories.org
Decolonisation and the ‘modern’ Commonwealth
The historical and contemporary politics of development
Race and migration
Modern architecture and planning
Volunteering, heritage and enthusiasm
Colonial and postcolonial Zambia and Zimbabwe
Ruth joined the department as Lecturer in Human Geography in July 2013. Previously, Ruth had completed Undergraduate and Masters degrees, and her AHRC funded PhD, at the University of Nottingham in the School of Geography. Her doctoral research focused on popular engagements with the ‘modern’ Commonwealth in post-war Britain.
Since then, Ruth has been considering engagements with the Commonwealth in other parts of the world, most notably Southern Africa and South East Asia. Specifically, she has been exploring performances of post-colonial Commonwealth Geopolitics (funded by a British Academy Small Grant and an Association of South East Asian Studies in the UK Visiting Fellowship). Other research has focused on modern architecture – both how it was understood when it was built – and how it is now valued.
Her new research focuses on the impact of decolonisation on post-war British urban planning. She has published in a wide range of geography and history books and journals and given seminars and contributed to symposia at various institutions in France, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the USA.