Dr Mary Kelly


I am a human geographer specializing in the areas of social, cultural and historical geography. I have been at Kingston University since February 2013. I am currently Course Leader for the BSc Geography and I am the ECE Research Ethics Faculty Lead. My modules include: Introduction to Human Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Geographical Theory and Practice and Global Rural Geographies.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer/Course Director


  • PhD (2008) Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
  • MPhil (1999) Geography, University College Cork, Ireland
  • BA (1994) Geography and Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland

Teaching and learning

My modules include: Introduction to Human Geography, Geographical Theory and Practice, Advanced Research and Fieldwork Methods, Development Geographies and Global Rural Geographies.

Undergraduate courses taught


My research background is in cultural and historical geography. My early work focussed on literary geographies as well as in archival research. More recently, I have been involved in projects that centre on communities and public engagement. In 2021 I worked with young people aged 14-18 on an AHRC funded project ‘Engaging Young People in Climate Change Research, the outputs of which were the Once Upon a Time and Place Public exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames. Currently I am working on a KU funded project ‘Stories of Place, Identity and Belonging: a Photographic Archive Produced by Migrant Community Groups.   

Areas of specialism

  • Historical and cultural geography
  • Community engagement
  • Migration and identity

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 7.


Irene, Julius Omokhudu, Kelly, Mary, Irene, Bridget Nneka Obiageli, Chukwuma-Nwuba, Kemi and Opute, Promise (2023) Exploring the role of regime actors in shaping the directionality of sustainability transitions in South Africa. Energy Research & Social Science, 99, p. 103068. ISSN (print) 2214-6296

Kelly, Mary, Slingsby, Aidan, Dykes, Jason and Wood, Jo (2021) Mapping 'sluggish' migration : Irish internal migration 1851-1911. Irish Geography, 54(2), pp. 89-108. ISSN (print) 0075-0778

Slingsby, Aidan, Kelly, Mary and Dykes, Jason (2014) Featured graphic. OD maps for showing changes in Irish female migration between 1851 and 1911. Environment and Planning A, 46, pp. 2795-2797. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Kelly, Mary (2013) Writing the colonial past in postcolonial Ireland: an Anglo-Irish response. Historical Geography, 41, pp. 137-155. ISSN (print) 1091-6458

Fotheringham, A. Stewart, Kelly, Mary H. and Charlton, Martin (2013) The demographic impacts of the Irish famine: towards a greater geographical understanding. Transactions Of The Institute Of British Geographers, 38(2), pp. 221-237. ISSN (print) 0020-2754

Kelly, Mary (2012) When things were 'closing-in' and 'rolling up': the imaginative geography of Elizabeth Bowen’s Anglo-Irish war novel 'The Last September'. Journal of Historical Geography, 38(3), pp. 282-293. ISSN (print) 0305-7488

Conference or Workshop Item

Kelly, Mary (2013) Imaginative geographies, family histories, the Irish past and postcolonial present. In: History, postcolonialism and tradition: The Postcolonial Studies Association conference 2013; 12 - 13 Sep 2013, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Leadership and management

I am the Course Leader for the Geography programme and the Faculty Research Ethics Lead. 

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