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Dr Ruth Craggs

Dr Ruth Craggs

Dr Ruth CraggsLecturer in Cultural and Historical Geography


Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7980

Department of Geography
King's College London
K7.51 King's Building  
Strand Campus 

Commonwealth Oral History Project:

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial geopolitics

  • 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.


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