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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 GG6140 GIS: Transforming Geography & Environment, 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 and the Environment.


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 United Kingdom. 

Areas of specialism

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


  • 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 UK: 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. 


Number of items: 10.


Brown, Douglas H.L. (2019) 'The caprice of a local Board of Guardians' : geographies of new poor law procurement in England and Wales. Business History, ISSN (print) 0007-6791 (Epub Ahead of Print)

McIlvenna, Kathleen, Brown, Douglas H.L. and Green, David R. (2019) 'The natural foundation of perfect efficiency' : medical services and the Victorian Post Office. Social History of Medicine, ISSN (print) 0951-631X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Green, David R., Brown, Douglas and McIlvenna, Kathleen (2018) Addressing Ill Health : Sickness and Retirement in the Victorian Post Office. Social History of Medicine, ISSN (print) 0951-631X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Brown, Douglas (2018) Book review of: 'Pauper policies : Poor Law practice in England, 1780–1850' by Samantha A. Shave. Family & Community History, 21(2), pp. 139-141. ISSN (print) 1463-1180

Brown, Douglas (2017) Workers, workhouses and the sick poor : health and institutional healthcare in the long nineteenth century - Book Review of: "The politics of hospital provision in early twentieth-century Britain" by Barry M. Doyle ; "Child workers and industrial health in Britain, 1750–1850" by Peter Kirby ; "Medicine and the workhouse" by Jonathan Reinarz and Leonard Schwarz (eds.) and "Institutionalizing the insane in nineteenth-century England" by Anna Shepherd. Journal of Urban History, 43(1), pp. 180-188. ISSN (print) 0096-1442

Brown, Douglas (2016) Supplying London’s workhouses in the mid-nineteenth century. London Journal, 41(1), pp. 36-59. ISSN (print) 0305-8034

Brown, Douglas [Reviewer] (2015) Book Review of : ' The revolt and taming of the 'Ignorant' : a study of the Bircham Riots 1835 and their aftermath ' by David Adams. Family & Community History, 18(1), pp. 77-78. ISSN (print) 1463-1180

Brown, Douglas [Reviewer] (2015) Book Review of: ' The information capital : 100 maps and graphics that will change how you view the city ' by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti. The London Journal, 40(1), pp. 85-86. ISSN (print) 0305-8034

Brown, Douglas [Reviewer] (2014) Book Review of: ' Poverty, gender and life-cycle under the English Poor Law, 1760-1834 ' by Samantha Williams. Family & Community History, 17(1), pp. 83-84. ISSN (print) 1463-1180

Book Section

Brown, Douglas (2018) Geographies of welfare in nineteenth-century England and Wales. In: Gregory, Ian , DeBats, Don and Lafreniere, Don, (eds.) The Routledge companion to spatial history. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9781138860148

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