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Module leader: GG6400 Research Project (Dissertation).
I also teach on GG4020 Digital Earth & Spatial Analysis, GG5001 Advanced Research & Fieldwork Methods, and GG6140 GIS: Transforming Geography & Environment. I am a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I'm the undergraduate admissions and outreach 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. I'm a co-investigator on the Wellcome-funded Addressing Health project, investigating the health of postal workers in the nineteenth century: https://addressinghealth.org.uk.
Senior lecturer in Geographic Information Systems and Human Geography
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 as part of the Wellcome-funded project Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office.
Brown, Douglas H.L. (2020) Book Review of 'Writing the lives of the English poor, 1750s-1830s' by Steven King. Labour/Le Travail, 86, pp. 222-224. ISSN (print) 0700-3862
Brown, Douglas (2020) Book Review of 'Life courses of young convicts transported to Van Diemen's land' by Emma D. Watkins. Family & Community History, 23(2), pp. 151-153. ISSN (print) 1463-1180
Green, David R., Brown, Douglas and McIlvenna, Kathleen (2020) Addressing ill health : sickness and retirement in the Victorian Post Office. Social History of Medicine, 33(2), pp. 559-585. ISSN (print) 0951-631X
McIlvenna, Kathleen, Brown, Douglas H.L. and Green, David R. (2020) 'The natural foundation of perfect efficiency' : medical services and the Victorian Post Office. Social History of Medicine, 33(2), pp. 539-558. ISSN (print) 0951-631X
Brown, Douglas H.L., Green, David R., McIlvenna, Kathleen and Shelton, Nicola (2020) The beating heart of the system : the health of postal workers in Victorian London. Journal of Historical Geography, 68, pp. 75-85. ISSN (print) 0305-7488
Green, David R., Brown, Douglas, McIlvenna, Kathleen and Shelton, Nicola (2019) "The postman wears out fast" : retiring sick in London's Victorian Post Office. The London Journal, 44(3), pp. 180-205. ISSN (print) 0305-8034
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)
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
Brown, Douglas (2020) New geographies of the new Poor Law in England and Wales. In: Gestrich, A. , Gruner, E. and Hahn, S., (eds.) Poverty in modern Europe : spaces, localities, institutions. Oxford University Press. (In Press)
Brown, Douglas H. L. (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. pp. 185-203. ISBN 9781138860148