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Duncan Taylor

<p>Duncan Taylor</p>

Duncan Taylor


BSc (hons) Geography, University of Glasgow 2009;
MRes Human Geography, University of Glasgow 2010




School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK

Current Research: Society, Space and Culture

Circulating Tropical Nature: an historical geography of the botanical gardens of the British West Indies

I am interested in the field of historical geographies particularly the 'non-human' in human geography. My Ph.D. will explore four themes running through this field of study with regards botanical gardens of the West Indies. First, examination of the foundation debates and design principles of the botanical gardens of the British Caribbean. Second, charting the development of exchange networks (particularly looking at economic plant exchanges between the West Indies and Kew Gardens, London). Third, examining acclimatization experiments and debates carried out in these spaces. Fourth, assessing how these gardens translated broader images of the tropics to audiences in Britain and beyond. The research will entail archival research on namely people, plants and places. The work is currently focusing in on the botanical gardens of Jamaica which ran in some sort of fashion from 1774 onwards, (but for me, until 1907).

Dr Nuala Johnson and Prof David Livingstone

Additional Information:

Recipient of 75th Anniversary Fieldwork Prize from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Full DEL funding for current doctoral research
Recipient of fees only funding 2008-9 for MRes in Human Geography
Recipient of BUTEX scholarship for exchange year (3rd year BSc) to the University of Toronto 2007-8