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Dr Douglas Brown

Senior lecturer in Geographic Information Systems and Human Geography



Module leader: GG6400 Research Project (Dissertation). GG4070/GG5070 Regional Geographies. 

I also teach on GG4020 Digital Earth and am a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I'm the undergraduate admissions tutor for the Department of Geography & Geology.


I'm an historical geographer. I specialise in using geographic information systems (GIS) to investigate social and economic geographies of poverty, welfare, health and healthcare, especially in 19th-century England and Wales. 

Areas of specialism

  • Inequalities and welfare.
  • Spatial analysis in human geography.
  • Digital humanities.
  • GIS for historical geography.
  • Poverty and health in 19th-century England and Wales.


  • MA (Hons) Edinburgh
  • MA, Birkbeck
  • PhD, King's College London
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Professional membership

  • Economic History Society.
  • Social History Society.


I am working on two strands of research focused on nineteenth-century England and Wales: First, I'm looking at the geographies of how poor relief was organised; and second, I'm investigating geographies of ill-health by analysing pension and employment records from the Post Office. 


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