Staff profile

Professor David Crouch

Emeritus Professor of Cultural Geography


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



My research and writing combines cultural geography, social anthropology, cultural and visual studies and art theory. It engages on how people interact with and create space; how they animate space into poetics in the form of landscape; through everyday life, memory, physical and imaginative feeling, tourism, community involvement and as artists: affect, space, atmosphere.

Professional interests

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, that informs my writing and is informed by it, see below.

Research centre and groups

See article in Research Review 2013 and 2010‌.

Membership of professional bodies

Journal editorial board memberships

Recent conferences

Papers, frequently by invitation and as keynote, to over 200 conferences, Symposia and Research Seminar presentations, UK, Europe and USA

most recently Basel, Rotterdam and Leuven 20116-17, Warwick 2015 

Experience in industry

Research in Local Government; a number of research projects funded by Government and Research Trusts including Leverhulme, British Council, Swedish Insttute of Knowledge and Competence, Nuffield.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

a regularly exhibiting artist. my artwork and my writing prove to be mutually informaing.  


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

Recent Art shows [since 2009]


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.

Recent publications


Journal articles

Book chapters

In addition, numerous articles in non-refereed and popular journals.

Blog Posts


Space is a complex term but what does it actually mean and why does it matter? David Crouch, Cultural Geography expert at the University of Derby, explores.