Welcome to Geography, part of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. We aim to combine high quality research with adventurous teaching. Our five research themes, spanning the whole of Geography, have scored a top 5-star grading in the last UK research assessment exercise (2001).

Our research is closely integrated with our teaching, providing a wide range of stimulating courses, led by researchers at the forefront of their fields.

Recent Submissions

  • The association between green space and cause-specific mortality in urban New Zealand: an ecological analysis of green space utility 

    Richardson, E.; Pearce, J.; Mitchell, R.; Day, P.; Kingham, S. (BioMed Central, 2010-05)
    Background: There is mounting international evidence that exposure to green environments is associated with health benefits, including lower mortality rates. Consequently, it has been suggested that the uneven distribution ...
  • Citizenship Education in South Africa: A report to schools 

    Hammett, Daniel P; Staeheli, Lynn (2009)
    This report addresses findings from the research project 'Education, Citizenship Formation and Democratisation in South Africa'. This research asked: - How are citizens imagined by state institutions? - What educational ...
  • The modern touch: interior design and modernisation in post-independence Singapore 

    Jacobs, Jane M; Cairns, S. (2007-06-01)
    The authors take as their focus the advice on interior design and decoration that Singapore's Housing Development Board (HDB) distributed to residents as part of its programme of universal housing provision. Through a ...
  • Living room: rematerialising home 

    Jacobs, Jane M; Smith, S.J. (2008-03-01)
  • The emotional economy of housing 

    Christie, H.; Smith, S.J.; Munro, M. (2008-10-01)
    This paper offers an interpretation of the role of emotions in animating housing markets which complements more traditional economic and behavioural studies of locally based house-price inflation. Looking to debates within ...
  • X-morphising: review essay of Bruno Latour's Aramis, or the Love of Technology 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Pion Ltd, 1999)
    An extended review is presented of Bruno Latour's book Aramis, or the Love of Technology (Harvard University Press,. 1996). Attention is paid to the textual. style and strategies.in the book, and also to how it fits in ...
  • The region in the boot: mobilising lone subjects and multiple objects 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Pion Ltd, 2003)
    Company regions are forms of space busy with the sorting and distributing of objects from one location to another.We argue here, in sympathy with actor-network theory and nonrepresentational theory, that space is formulated ...
  • Doing Office Work on the Motorway 

    Laurier, Eric (Theory, Culture & Society Ltd., 2004)
    This article takes the motorway seriously as a place where the society of traffic can be found and studied. While many kinds of activities are done by drivers and passengers in parallel with driving on the motorway, such ...
  • Why people say where they are during mobile phone calls 

    Laurier, Eric (Pion Ltd, 2001)
    An often-noticed feature of mobile phone calls is some form of 'geographical' locating after a greeting has been made. The author uses some singular instances of mobile phone conversations to provide an answer as to why ...
  • Neighbouring as an occasioned activity : "Finding a lost cat" 

    Laurier, Eric; Whyte, Angus; Buckner, Kathy (Sage, 2002)
    To illustrate the decline in a strong sense of community the characteristics of suburban living are often cited by social and cultural commentators. Spatially dispersed, lifeless during the daytime due to commuting, an ...
  • Ethnoarchaeology and undefined investigations 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Pion Ltd, 2004)
    For us in the event of writing this we hear ‘what next’ as something we have been planning ought to happen. It means we will finally begin considering the affinities and complementarities between Foucauldian historical ...
  • The spectacular showing: Houdini and the wonder of ethnomethodology 

    Laurier, Eric (Springer, 2004)
    This essay is about Houdini’s escapes and ethnomethodology’s studies.1 By accomplishing what appears to be impossible, Houdini leaves his audience considering not only how did he manage to do that, but also just what is ...
  • Searching for a parking space 

    Laurier, Eric (French Association for Cognitive Research, 2005)
    If you drive a car, it’s a classic problem on the busy city streets, the search for a parking space. Merely driving in the inner city is a challenging and frustrating affair because it is full of one way streets, dead ...
  • Maps and Journeys: an Ethnomethodological Investigation 

    Brown, Barry; Laurier, Eric (University of Toronto Press, 2005)
    The notion of the ‘cognitive map’ has long been central to studies of maps, wayfinding and navigation. In this paper we provide an alternate approach to what are often mistakenly taken to be private mental processes which ...
  • Putting the Dog Back in the Park: Animal and Human Mind-in-Action 

    Laurier, Eric; Maze, Ramia; Lundin, Johan (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2006)
    In this article we use actual instances of human conduct with animals to reflect on the debates about animal agency in human activities. Where much of psychology, philosophy, and sociology begin with a fundamental ...
  • Cold shoulders and napkins handed: gestures of responsibility 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Wiley InterScience, 2006)
    Cafes are places in the city in which we have come to expect conviviality between the unacquainted. Goffman is perhaps the most famous analyst of relations between strangers in public space, yet his depiction of society's ...
  • Possible geographies: a passing encounter in a café 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Blackwell Publishing, 2006)
    The rise of non-representational theory in human geography has prompted searching questions about how researchers might 'represent' what they encounter in their fieldwork. A central problem is that we reach an insurmountable ...
  • A parcel of muddling muckworms’: revisiting Habermas and the Early Modern English coffee-houses 

    Laurier, Eric; Philo, Chris (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2007)
    In the context of a research project concerned with contemporary cafés, one in which coffee-shops have loomed large, it has been appropriate to revisit Habermas’s famous 1962/1989 work on the transformation of the ‘public ...
  • Driving and passengering: notes on the ordinary organisation of car travel 

    Laurier, Eric; Lorimer, Hayden; Brown, Barry; Jones, Owain; Juhlin, Oskar; Noble, Allyson; Perry, Mark; Pica, Daniele; Sormani, Philippe; Strebel, Ignaz; Swan, Laurel; Taylor, Alex S; Watts, Laura; Weilenmann, Alexandra (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2008)
    We spend ever increasing periods of our lives travelling in cars, yet quite what it is we do while travelling, aside from driving the vehicle itself, is largely overlooked. Drawing on analyses of video records of a series ...
  • How breakfast happens in the café 

    Laurier, Eric (Sage, 2008)
    In this article I present an ethnographic study of `breakfast in the café', to begin to document the orderly properties of an emergent timespace. In so doing, the aim is to provide a description of the local production of ...

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