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Millington, Dr James

Dr James Millington

millington-profileSenior Lecturer


Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2604

Department of Geography
King's College London
Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 6.11




James is a broadly trained geographer and landscape ecologist with expertise in developing bespoke modelling tools to investigate spatial ecological and socio-economic processes and their interaction. He was appointed Lecturer in 2013 and Senior Lecturer in 2017. Prior to starting his lectureship James held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, also in the Department of Geography at King’s.

Before this, James spent several years as Visiting Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University, USA. James received his PhD in Geography in 2007, an MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (with Distinction), and a BSc (Hons) in Geography (First class) all from King's College London. Research during these positions has been published in the Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, Ecological Modelling, Forest Ecology and Management, Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology. James is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a long-standing member of the International Association of Landscape Ecology. He is currently Associate Editor for Plant Ecology and Land journals. 

Research interests
  • Agent-based modelling of geographical systems 
  • Spatial modelling of ecological succession-disturbance dynamics 
  • Socio-ecological modelling for natural resource management 
  • Epistemology of modelling and simulation 

James’ research examines interactions across space and time between the structure and function of physical and social components of landscapes. This research makes innovative use of quantitative modelling and simulation tools, such as agent-based models (ABMs), to mediate between theory and data for the investigation of geographic phenomena. Substantively, much of James’ previous work has examined ecological processes and human-environment interactions to inform the sustainable management of multi-resource landscapes. For example, in the Mediterranean Basin his research advances understanding for management of post-industrial landscapes, in part by improving understanding about pre-industrial landscape change. More recently James has become interested in some of the epistemological questions surrounding computational modelling tools and has begun exploring how they can be employed to further understanding across Geography more broadly.

PhD topics

James is keen to supervise students examining questions that:

  • consider ecological processes and human-environment interactions in forest and agricultural landscapes
  • explore innovative uses of agent-based modelling to explore physical and/or social geographical systems

For example, projects listed on the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership website (via which students can be supported) in which James is involved include: 


For a full list of publications, please visit James' research profile


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