David N. Livingstone - Curriculum vitae#

David N. Livingstone, OBE

  • B.A. (Honours) in Geography, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1975
  • Dip. Ed. (with commendation), The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1976
  • Ph.D., The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1982

Current Position:

Professor of Geography and Intellectual History (previously Professor of Geography), The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1993-

Distinctions and Awards:
  • Fellow of the British Academy, elected July 1995
  • Admiral Back Award, Royal Geographical Society, “for contributions to the study of the history and philosophy of geography”, June 1997
  • Member of the Royal Irish Academy, elected March 1998
  • Centenary Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the study of the history of Geography and the development of Geography as a discipline”, October 1998
  • British Academy Research Reader, 1999-2001
  • Templeton Foundation Lecture Series Prize, 1999
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, elected March 2001
  • OBE, for services to Geography and History, Birthday Honours, June 2002
  • Foundation Chartered Geographer, July 2002
  • Member of the Academia Europaea, elected July 2002
  • Academician, Academy of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, elected July 2002
  • Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in the Social Sciences, 2008

Named Lectures:
  • Charles Lyell Lecturer, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994-95
  • Templeton Lecture, Oregon State University, May 1999
  • Weston Lecture, Augustine College, Ottawa, March 2000
  • Hettner Lectures, University of Heidelberg, June 2001
  • Murrin Lectures, University of British Columbia, March 2002
  • Progress in Human Geography Lecture, Royal Geographical Society, September 2005
  • Appleton Lecture, University of Hull, March 2007
  • Von Humboldt Lecture, U.C.L.A., May 2007
  • Gordon Manley Lecture, Royal Holloway, University of London, October 2007
  • Gunning Lecture, University of Edinburgh, Autumn 2009

Previous Positions:
  • Research Fellow (Economic and Social Science Research Council Project), 1982-84
  • Curator of Maps, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1984-89
  • Visiting Professor of Geography and History of Science, Calvin College, Michigan, 1989-90
  • Lecturer, School of Geosciences, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1989-91
  • Reader, School of Geosciences, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1991-93
  • Visiting Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1995
  • Visiting Professor, Regent College, Vancouver, 1997
  • Visiting Professor of Geography (Noted Scholar Award), University of British Columbia, 1999
  • Visiting Professor, Regent College, Vancouver, 2000, 2008
  • Visiting Distinguished Professor of History of Science, Baylor University, 2003-05

University and Departmental Management / Administration:
  • Editor, School Research Paper Series, 1991-98
  • Member, School Research Committee, 1993-
  • Examinations Officer, Department of Geography, 1995-96
  • Chair, School Library Committee, 1996-2001
  • Geography Representative, Board of the College of Science and Agriculture, 1997-1999
  • College Representative, Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 1997-1999
  • Member, Research Committee, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, 1999-2005
  • Member, University Research Committee, 1999-2001
  • Member, Professorial Salary Review Panel, 2000-
  • Member, University Awards Group, 2005-
  • Head of Research, School of Geography, 2001-05
  • Research Director, Society, Space and Culture Research Cluster, 2005-
  • Member, University Research Committee, 2007-

National and International Committees:
  • Co-Founder and Joint Secretary, Institute of British Geographers, Working Party on the History and Philosophy of Geography, 1981-84
  • Committee Member, Institute of British Geographers, Study Group on the History and Philosophy of Geography, 1984-1994
  • Full Member, International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and the International Geographical Union, Commission on the History of Geographical Thought, 1988-1996
  • Member, Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science, 1988-1996
  • Chair, Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Research Group, History and Philosophy of Geography, 1995-98
  • Member, Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Geography, 1996-2003
  • Member, British Academy Structures Review Committee, 1997-98
  • Member, Steering Committee, The John Templeton Foundation Seminars on Science and Religion, University of Oxford, 1998-2001
  • Member, Co-ordinating Committee, European Science Foundation International Workshops on “Science and Human Values” 2000-03
  • Member, Royal Irish Academy Strategic Plan Committee, 2000-02
  • Member, Council, Royal Irish Academy, 2001-02
  • Core Scholarly Participant, New Visions of Nature, Science and Religion, University of Santa Barbara, California, 2004-06
  • Member, International Advisory Panel, Knowledge and Space Symposia, University of Heidelberg, 2005-
  • Member, Royal Irish Academy Northern Ireland Steering Group, 2007-

  • Member, Court of the University of Ulster, (British Academy Representative) 1996-
  • Special Adviser, Geography Panel (35), Research Assessment Exercise 1996, Higher Education Funding Councils
  • External Assessor, Chair of Human Geography, University of Nottingham, 1999
  • Member, Geography Panel (35), Research Assessment Exercise 2001, Higher Education Funding Councils
  • Elector, Chair of Human Geography, University of Cambridge, 2000
  • Convocation Speaker, Gordon College, Massachusetts, March 2000
  • External Assessor, Chair of Human Geography, University of Dundee, 2000
  • External Research Review, Plymouth University, 2004
  • External Research Review, Portsmouth University, 2004
  • External Assessor, Ogilvie Chair in Human Geography, University of Edinburgh, 2005
  • Deputy Chair, Geography and Environmental Studies Sub-Panel (32), Research Assessment Exercise 2008, Higher Education Funding Councils
  • Visiting Fellowships Officer, Section SS3, British Academy, 2005-
  • President, Geography Section, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Vice-President (Research), Royal Geographical Society, 2007-2010
  • Council Member, Royal Geographical Society, 2007-2010

International External Assessor for Senior Academic Appointments
  • UCLA (1993; 1997)
  • University of Southern Maine (1997)
  • Queen’s University, Ontario (2000)
  • University of British Columbia (2002; 2003; 2004)
  • University of Otago (2005)
  • Princeton University (2006)

  • Royal Society: £150 travel grant to study the papers of the Acclimatization Society of Great Britain housed in the British Museum, 1988
  • Royal Society: £700 to visit American Philosophical Society, 1990
  • European Regional Development Fund: £79,640 for an investigation of Protestant and Catholic Churchgoers in Belfast (with F.W. Boal and M. Keane), 1992
  • Royal Society: £450 travel grant, 1993
  • British Academy Readership, 1999-2001, ca £40,000
  • British Academy: £1200 conference grant, 2001

Invited Guest Lectures:

University of Salford (February, 1983); University of Cambridge (February, 1983); University of Birmingham (March, 1984); Guest Speaker, Irish Philosophical Club (March, 1985); Wheaton College (March, 1985); California State University at Northridge (March, 1985); University of California at Berkeley (March, 1985); Victoria Institute, London (May, 1986); Trinity College Dublin (February, 1987); University of Cambridge (February, 1987); University of Georgia at Athens (June, 1987); Loughborough University (March, 1989); University College London (March, 1989); University of St. Andrews (March, 1989); American Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Chicago (October, 1989); University of Wisconsin-Madison (November, 1989): Dordt College, Iowa (February, 1990); Wheaton College, Illinois (March, 1990); Pascal Centre, Ancaster, Ontario (April, 1990); University College Dublin (November, 1990); Institute of Historical Research, London (March, 1991); Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (March, 1991); Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (April 1991); The Robert Allen Memorial Lecture, Union College, Belfast (May 1991); University College Cork (January 1994); University of Reading (February 1994); University of Nottingham (March 1994); The Charles Lyell Lecture, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Loughborough University (September 1994); Institute of Historical Research, London (October 1994); Queen Mary College, University of London (October 1994); Pennsylvania State University (November 1994); Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (November 1994); University of Cambridge (November 1994); University College Dublin (December 1994); University of Edinburgh (February 1995); University of Bristol (March 1995); University of Dundee (April 1995); University of Oxford (February 1996); University of British Columbia (July 1997); University of Western Washington (July 1997); University of Oxford (February 1998); University of Leeds (March 1998); University of Edinburgh (October 1998); University of Cambridge (February 1999); Templeton Lecture, Oregon State University (May 1999); History Department, Oregon State University (May 1999); University of British Columbia (July 1999); University of Heidelberg (September 1999); Green College, University of British Columbia (November 1999); Koerner Lecture, Simon Fraser University (November 1999); Convocation Address, Gordon College, Massachusetts (March 2000); Augustine College, Ottawa (March 2000); University of Ottawa (March 2000); Wheaton College, Illinois (February 2001); University of Wisconsin-Madison (April 2001); University of Manchester (November 2001); University of Edinburgh (February 2002); University of British Columbia (March 2002); University of Göttingen (May 2002); Vatican Observatory, Rome (July 2002); University of Oxford, Science & Religion Seminar (December 2002); University of Oxford, History Faculty (December 2002); University of Cambridge, Department of Geography (January 2003); Baylor University, Texas (February 2003); University of Cambridge, History & Philosophy of Science (March 2003); British Academy (November 2003); Baylor University, Texas (February 2004); Plenary Lecture, University of Basel (March 2004); University of Santa Barbara (October, 2004); Baylor University, Texas (February 2005); University of Durham (March 2005); New Visions Symposium, University of Santa Barbara (November 2005); University of Aberdeen, Department of Sociology (November 2005); Florida State University, Department of Philosophy (March 2006); University of Santa Barbara (May 2006); Featured Speaker, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford (July 2006); Plenary Address, History of Economics Conference, University of Paris (October 2006); Plenary Address, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (November 2006); University of St Andrews, School of Geosciences (December 2006); University College Galway (February 2007); University of Hull (2007); Inaugural Lecture Series, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Durham (2007); UCLA (May 2007); University of British Columbia (May 2007); University of Heidelberg (June 2007); University of Edinburgh (July 2007); History & Philosophy of Scicnce Lecture, University of Notre Dame (September, 2007); Public Lecture, Indiana University (September 2007); Faraday Institute, University of Cambridge (October 2007); Royal Holloway, University of London (October 2007); University of Dundee (February 2008); Carleton University, Ottawa (February 2009); University of Aberdeen (March 2009); Keynote Lecture, History of Education Conference, University of Sheffield (December 2009); Royal Society (December 2009)

Membership of Editorial Boards:
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 1990-93
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 1993-98
  • Ecumene, Editorial Board, 1993-99; Advisory Board, 1999-
  • Isis, 1995-97
  • The Cambridge History of Science. 8 Volumes (Cambridge University Press)
  • Books and Culture, 1995-2002
  • Science and Christian Belief, 1996-
  • Progress in Human Geography, 1998-2002
  • History of Cartography Project, University of Chicago Press, 2002-
  • Journal of Historical Geography, 2003-
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 2006-

Refereeing duties:

Annals of Science; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Area; Arts and Humanities Research Board; Blackwell Publishers; British Journal for the History of Science; Cambridge University Press; Ecumene; Environment and Planning A; Economics and Social Research Council.; Gender, Place and Culture; Geographical Review; History of Science; Isis; Journal of Geography in Education; Journal of Historical Geography; Leverhulme Trust; Macmillan; Manchester Geographer; MacArthur Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; National Science Foundation; Oxford University Press; Political Geography; Progress in Human Geography; Routledge; Rural Studies; Sage Publications; Scottish Geographical Magazine; Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Social Studies of Science; Society and Space; Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; University of Chicago Press; Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine; Wallstein Verlag Publishers; The Wellcome Trust

Courses Taught:
  • Human Geography: Society and Space (contributor)
  • Theoretical Frameworks in Geography (contributor and co-ordinator)
  • Regional Geography of North America (contributor)
  • History of Cartography
  • Historical Geography of Peoples and Places (General Studies Programme, contributor)
  • Environmental Issues (contributor)
  • History of Geography
  • Introduction to Geography
  • Science and Belief from the Copernicans to the Creationists
  • Science, Race and Society

External examining:
  • 1989, PhD, Open University (History of Science)
  • 1994, PhD, University of London (Geography)
  • 1995-1998, Undergraduate, University of Cambridge (Geography)
  • 1996, PhD, University of Oxford (Geography)
  • 1996-1999, Undergraduate, University of St. Andrews (Geography)
  • 1996, PhD, University of British Columbia (Geography)
  • 1999, PhD, University of Nottingham (Religious Studies)
  • 2001, PhD, University of Kent (History and Cultural Studies of Science)
  • 2001, PhD, University of Cambridge (History and Philosophy of Science)
  • 2003-2005, Undergraduate, University of Edinburgh (Geography)
  • 2003, PhD, University College Cork (Geography)
  • 2003, MSc, University of Edinburgh (Geography)
  • 2004, PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London (Geography)
  • 2004, PhD, University of Cambridge (Geography)
  • 2004, PhD, University of Edinburgh (Geography)
  • 2007, PhD, University of Glasgow (Geography)
  • 2008, PhD, University of Edinburgh (Geography)
  • 2009-2012, Society and Space MSc, University of Bristol (Geography)

Research Students:

Mairead Corr, The Historical and Intellectual Development of the Idea of the Behavioural Environment in Geography, PhD, awarded 1997
Heather Winlow, Anthropometric Mapping in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, PhD, awarded 1999
Lynn Robinson, The Manufacture of Cultural Heritage and the Development of the Ulster Folk Museum, PhD, awarded 2000
Gary McKee, Climate, Politics and Society in Victorian Britain, PhD, awarded 2002
Philip Allen, The Royal Geographical Society and Victorian Representations of Southern Africa, MPhil, awarded 2003
Ruth Bowman Bayles, The Contribution of the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society to the Development and the Promotion of Science, 1840-1870, PhD awarded (2nd supervisor)
Tracey McKay, Geography, Imperialism and the Missionary Imperative, PhD, awarded 2004
Edwin Aiken, Science, Culture and the Genealogy of Scriptural Geography, PhD, awarded 2006
David Zou, Print Culture and Identity in North-East India, PhD, awarded 2007 (2nd supervisor)
Alasdair Kennedy, The Giants Causeway and the Sites of Scientific Knowledge, PhD, awarded 2009
Tanya O’Sullivan, Keeping Bones in Site: Narratives of Irish Origins and Identity, PhD, currently in progress
David Mark Wood, Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century: Towards a Geography of Public Controversy, PhD, currently in progress
Ciaran Toal, Space and Spectacle: Science and Religion at the British Association, 1860-1914 (2nd supervisor), PhD, currently in progress

Conference Organisation:
  • Co-organiser, History of Geography and Medicine, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, September 1987
  • Co-organiser, Evangelical Engagements with Science, Wheaton College, Illinois, March 1995
  • Programme Organiser, International Geographical Union Commission on the History of Geographical Thought, University College Dublin, July 1995
  • Co-organiser, Geography and Enlightenment, University of Edinburgh, July 1996
  • Co-organiser, Geography and Revolution, University of Edinburgh, July 2001
  • Co-organiser, Queen’s Thinkers, Queen’s University, April 2004
  • Co-organiser, Geographies of Nineteenth Century Science, University of Edinburgh, July 2007

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