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Dr Ruth Craggs joined the department as Lecturer in Human Geography in July 2013, following previous appointments at the University of Hull and St Mary's University College. Ruth's research falls at the intersections of critical historical, political and development geographies with a focus on North-South relations. In her work, she has developed new directions in the interdisciplinary study of decolonisation in and beyond geography. She is a convener of the London Group of Historical Geographers Seminar (one of the longest-running series at the Institute of Historical Research).


  • Postcolonial geopolitics
  • Decolonisation and the ‘modern’ Commonwealth
  • Histories of geography and decolonisation
  • Modern architecture and urban planning
  • Oral history methodologies


PhD supervision

Ruth is interested in supervising postgraduate research at doctoral level and for MA/ M.Phil degrees and pleased to discuss research topics and funding avenues with prospective students.

She is especially interested in the following areas (interpreted broadly):

  • Geographies of empire and decolonisation
  • Disciplinary histories
  • Histories of development, architecture and urban planning
  • Post-colonial geopolitics
  • Race, migration and multiculturalism in Britain or Africa 

Principal supervisor

  • Dimitris Venizelos, 'Urbanisms of difference – the uneven landscapes of leisure'
  • Peter Waring, 'Once upon a border'
  • Nirali Joshi, 'Amidst and Apart: Suburban railway accidents and urban life in Mumbai city'
  • Jacob Fairless-Nicholson, 'A cultural and historical geography of informal and alternative Black education spaces in London, 1960-1990'
  • Lee Butcher, 'Monarchy, Power, and Place in the Victorian Age: a historical geography of Osborne House, c. 1845-1901'



Further details

Please see Ruth's Research Staff Profile for further details.