Professor David Crouch

Position: Professor of Cultural Geography

Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation

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My research and writing combines cultural geography, social anthropology, cultural and visual studies and art theory. It touches on how people interact with landscape; through everyday life, tourism, community involvement and as artists.

Professional interests

  • Doctoral student direction and external examination internationally (5 completed, 5 externally examined 2009-2010)
  • Research
  • Engaging wider than academic audiences in ideas in cultural geography
  • Previously, visiting professorships, Universities of Karlstad and Kalmar, Sweden.

Research interests

My research and writing crosses a number of fields of cultural geography, social anthropology, cultural and visual studies, art theory. These are connected through an attention to life and space that includes landscape, everyday life and its tourism, community involvement and the work of artists. This work includes an interest in gentle politics, belonging, disorientation and cultural identity, and human poetic expression in diverse forms of creativity. I'm also an exhibiting artist.

Research centre and groups

  • Identity, conflict and representation Research Centre
  • Open Studio
  • Culture and Lifestyle research group, previously Director.

See article in Research Review 2013.


Membership of professional bodies

Journal editorial board memberships

  • International Journal of Heritage Studies; Leisure Studies; Tourism Geographies
  • Tourism and Cultural Change.

Recent publications


Journal articles

  • Flirting with Space: thinking landscape relationally; Cultural Geographies 22 [1, 1.] January 2010.

Book chapters

  • Gardens and gardening, in N.Thrift and R.Kitchin eds.Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, Elsevier 2009
  • The perpetual performance and emergence of heritage in E. Waterton et al eds Heritage and Visual Representation Ashgate 2010
  • Creativity, space and performance: Community Gardens in T. Edensor et al edsSpaces of Vernacular CreativityRoutledge 2009
  • The Diverse Dynamics of Cultural Studies and Tourism in T.Jamal and M.Robinson eds. The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies Sage, 2009
  • Constructing feelings of wellness in Tourist Performance, in R.Bushell and P.Sheldon P., eds, Wellness Tourism; Nurturing Mind, Body, Spirit and Place Routledge 2009
  • Revisiting the street and everyday geographical knowledge, in: A. García ed.Espacio público, ciudad y conjuntos históricos. IAPH, Andaluscia (translated in Spanish with new Introduction and Afterword) 2009 (first published 1998)

Invited chapters for publication

  • A performative approach to Land and identity, in C. Berberich, N. Campbell, R. Hudson eds. Land and Identity Rodolpi Press 2010
  • Meaning, encounter, performance: threads and moments of spacetimes; in E. Waterton ed, The tourism moment Ashgate 2011


Cover image `Walk`, Visual Studies Special Issue Walking, April 2010 

Recent Art shows


  • University of Derby March 2010
  • Bull Yard Gallery, Southwell Fall, 2010
  • Southwell Minster, late 2010
  • The George Gallery, Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire March-May 2009

Mixed shows

  • Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham July, 2009
  • Gallerie, Newark, Fall, 2010
  • Invited work for mixed show, Richard Attenborough Gallery, University of Leicester, Spring 2011

In the media

Wide range of experience in BBC film work, including film production and programme consultancy; writing for and interviewed by national broadsheets and specialist press; national, regional and international television and radio, reflecting range of research and writing expertise. Most recently, BBC Radio 4 Questions, Questions; BBC online.

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