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Dr Ruth Craggs joined the Department of Geography as Lecturer in Human Geography in July 2013, following previous appointments at the University of Hull and St Mary's University College.

Her 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



  • 4SSG1008 Geography Tutorials: Critical Thinking and Techniques
  • 5SSG2047 Fieldwork in Human and Development Geography – field trip to India
  • 5SSG2017 Historical Geographies of Urbanism
  • 6SSG3076 Geopolitics: Power and Place


  • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research
  • 7SSG5108 Tourism and Development
  • 7SSG5178 Tourism, Conservation and the Environment

PhD supervision

Ruth is interested in supervising postgraduate research at doctoral level and for MA/ MPhil 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

Secondary supervisor

Further details

See Ruth's research profile