HGRG Research Series Volume 43

Collaborative geographies: the politics, practicalities, and promise of working together
edited by Ruth Craggs, Hilary Geoghegan, and Innes M. KeighrenCollaborative Geographies

Whilst interdisciplinarity and collaboration has a long tradition in historical geography, the AHRC CDA scheme and ESRC CASE studentships have provided particular impetus for collaborative work in geography. In a funding climate in which impactful research is regarded as a priority, these schemes have been successful in promoting knowledge exchange between the academy and external partners and in providing students with an opportunity to develop new skills whilst completing outstanding scholarship. Historical geographers have been particularly successful in securing funding through these schemes and in developing innovative partnerships with a range of external organisations. For these organisations—who include museums, public bodies, and learned societies—the benefits of collaboration come from the new perspectives which students bring through extended research with collections, holdings, and institutions, the opportunity to work with academics in reaching new audiences, and the impetus which such relationships bring to re-envisioning organisations’ current practice and future development.

Given the exciting and innovative nature of current and recent collaboration in historical geography, this volume reflects on the nature of the collaborative process—its politics, practicalities, and promise. The collection’s ten chapters explore what it means, both practically and intellectually, to work together in the production of geographical knowledge. By drawing together the reflections of students, academics, and partner organisations, this volume explores the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively. In addition to being a showcase for current collaborative undertakings, the volume also examines how productive relationships are developed and managed, how the competing demands of the academic and public sector are negotiated, and how geographical knowledges are communicated to, and informed by, partner organisations.


  • “Foreword”, by Catherine Souch
  • “Introducing collaborative geographies”, by Ruth Craggs, Hilary Geoghegan, and Innes M. Keighren
  • “Historical geographers in collaboration: patterns and prospects”, by Felix Driver
  • “‘Beneath a hive of glass’: the British Small Craft Exhibit and the experiences of researching model boats at the Science Museum”, by James Fenner
  • “Between terra incognita and home: a collaborative expedition through the RGS archives”, by Sarah L. Evans
  • “Researching the Bartholomew Archive: a Ph.D. student’s experience of collaboration in historical geography”, by Julie McDougall
  • “Researching with(in) organisations: creating safe spaces for collaborative research”, by Nuala Morse
  • “Strengthening a sense of community through collaboration”, by George Watley and Patricia Sinclair
  • “Experiences from both sides of the Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme”, by Alison Hess
  • “Collaborative Doctoral Awards and the development of research at the Science Museum”, by Tim Boon
  • “Centre for Studies of Home: a partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and the Geffrye Museum of the Home”, by Alison Blunt, Eleanor John, Caron Lipman, and Alastair Owens


Please consult the Research Series page for information on how to order a copy of this volume.

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