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Rob Kitchin

Rob KitchinProf. Rob Kitchin was awarded his doctorate from the University of Wales, Swansea in 1995.  In 1996 he was appointed Lecturer in the School of Geosciences at Queen's University of Belfast, and in 1998 moved to a post as Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  In 2002 he was appointed Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  NIRSA is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research institute focusing on issues of planning and development, creating knowledge societies, and building sustainable communities.  He has successfully co-written grant applications totalling over €20m for a wide variety of projects and has undertaken research for government departments, semi-state agencies, local authorities, and community and voluntary groups.  He also has served on a number of government boards and consultative panels.  He is presently Chair of the Management Board of the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) that brings together academics from 19 disciplines in 9 institutions into shared research and graduate education programmes; and an Executive Board Member of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development, an Irish, Northern Irish and US partnership focusing on cross-border spatial planning and development.  To date, Prof. Kitchin has published 16 books including Understanding Contemporary Ireland (Pluto Press, 2006, with Brendan Bartley), Key Thinkers on Space and Place (Sage, 2004, with Phil Hubbard and Gill Valentine), and Thinking Geographically (Continuum, 2004, with Phil Hubbard, Brendan Bartley and Duncan Fuller), over 100 papers and book chapters, and he is editor of the journal, Social and Cultural Geography.

Nigel Thrift

Nigel ThriftProfessor Thrift was educated at Aberystwyth where he graduated with a BA Hons in Geography in 1971.  After Aberystwyth he went on to gain his PhD in Geography from the University of Bristol in 1979 and his DSc from Bristol in 1992 as well as being granted an MA (Oxon) in January 2004.  He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford.

One of the world’s leading human geographers and social scientists, Professor Thrift has, during his academic career, been the recipient of a number of distinguished academic awards, including the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Gold Medal in 2008, the Royal Geographical Society Victoria Medal for contributions to geographic research in 2003 and Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers in 2007.  He is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003, was in the top five of the most-cited geographers in the world from 1988 to 2002, and is co-author, author or co-editor of over 35 books.  His current research spans a broad range of interests, including international finance; cities and political life; non-representational theory; affective politics; and the history of time.

Professor Thrift took up his role as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick in July 2006.  He joined Warwick from the University of Oxford where he was made Head of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences in 2003 before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2005.  Professor Thrift chaired Main Panel H of RAE 2008 from 2003-2006; was a member of the Panel for Geography for the RAE 2001; has been a member of the Leverhulme Prize Fellowship Geography Panel since 2000 and was a member of the ESRC Research Priorities Board between 2001 and 2005.

Professor Thrift is married with two children.

Senior Editors:

Noel Castree
The University of Manchester,  Manchester, UK
Mike Crang
Durham University, Durham, UK
Mona Domosh
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NJ, USA

Section Editors:

Jeremy Crampton, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Katie Willis; Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK
Economic Geography
Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore, Singapore
James Sidaway, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
Robin Kearns, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Historical Geography
Brian Graham, University of Ulster, N. Ireland, UK
Mei-Po Kwan, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA & Sara McLafferty, University of Illinois Urbana, IL, USA
Nigel Thrift and Rob Kitchin
Phil Hubbard, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Chris Philo, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Political Geography
Anssi Passi, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, Oulu, Finland
Regional Development
Costis Hadjimichalis, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece
Rural, Nature/Environment
Paul Cloke, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Social & Cultural Geography
Kay Anderson, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia & Rob Kitchin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Urban Geography
Loretta Lees, King’s College London, London, UK


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