David Harvey - New Associate Professor at the Department of Archeaology and Heritage Studies

As of July 1st, we are happy to welcome David Harvey as a member of staff at CAS, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies.

25.08.2017 | Camilla Dimke

David Harvey is a critical heritage scholar, working from the perspective of historical cultural geography. He graduated from the University of Exeter (UK) in 1992 with a degree in Geography with European Studies, which included a year in Trinity College, Dublin. Following the award of his PhD in 1997, he progressed from a series of short-term teaching and research contracts and onwards through an academic career, becoming a Professor of Historical Cultural Geography in September 2015 He still holds an Honorary Chair at Exeter.

David's research focuses on the geographies of heritage, particularly the difference that ‘scale’ makes. Developing a relational understanding of heritage processes, his work has engaged with heritage-landscape and heritage-climate change relations, drawing on qualitative methodologies such as oral testimony. At present, he is interested in thinking critically how heritage studies can subvert the military-memorial and conflict-related discourses that often dominate the heritage arena, thus utilising a critical heritage perspective for conflict resolution. His recent works include The Future of Heritage as Climates Change: Loss, Adaptation and Creativity (edited with Jim Perry, 2015), Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geography at the Centenary (edited with James Wallis, 2018), and ‘Critical heritage debates and the commemoration of the First World War: productive nostalgia and discourses of respectful reverence’, in Helaine Silverman et al (eds) Heritage in Action (2017).

He is on the Editorial Boards for the journals Landscape HistoryInternational Journal of Heritage StudiesFennia: the Finnish Journal of Geography and The Geographical Journal. He is also the Joint Editor of the Explorations in Heritage Studies book series (Berghahn Books). David has received research funding from the ERC, several UK Research Councils, The British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing football, going sea swimming, back-packing, hill walking and cycling. He is (slowly) knocking off the munros in Scotland and has recently done cycle tours of the Western Isles; Shetland Islands and NE Scotland; Denmark; from Roscoff to Santander (1600km), Prague to Esbjerg (1250km) and a ‘tour of Denmark’ (900km).

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