‘On the camino in Spain’, March 2004
‘Studying a medieval portolan chart
at Zurich city archives’, January 2009
Reader in Historical Geography
School of Geography
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)2890 973363
Fax: +44 (0)2890 321280
Historical geographer and urban morphologist
I joined Queen’s in 1999 as lecturer in human geography. I began my academic career at the University of Birmingham, gaining a PhD in 1995. In 1996 I was awarded a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship and took this up at Royal Holloway (University of London) in the Department of Geography. At Queen's I primarily teach modules on urban, cultural and historical geography, in both contemporary and historical contexts. This continues a long tradition of teaching historical geography at Queen's. I am Director of Education in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology and contribute to the postgraduate teaching programme through modules on cultural heritage and historic landscapes, and spatial technologies and digital heritage. I teach undergraduate modules on human geography (GAP1011), GIS and landscapes (GAP2002), and maps and mapping (GAP2053)..
Research interests and expertise
My research interests are in historical geography, landscape history and urban morphology. Broadly I use mapping and cartography as interpretative frames to explore the materiality and imagining of space, place and landscape during the later Middle Ages (CE 1000-1500). This brings me into close contact with other medievalists in disciplines such as history and archaeology. While I am one of the very few geographers working in the UK on the middle ages, medieval historical geography has been and continues to be a very distinctive aspect of research in the Geography at Queen's, making contributions that reach across a range of disciplines concerned with the medieval past.
My research has two key intellectual contexts:
First, in the context of digital humanities research:
Secondly, in the context of medieval studies:
Please do contact me if you wish to explore doctoral study at Queen’s in any of those areas of geographical research outlined above.
Research awards (since 2003):
Recently completed PhD Students:
All publications in chronological order (** = REF publications 2013)
Lilley K D 2014 ‘Urban planning after the Black Death: Townscape transformations in later-medieval England (1350-1530)’, Urban History, in press
Lilley K D 2014 ‘Medieval urbanism’, in Smith C (ed), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Springer, New York), 4743-4750.
Lilley K D 2014 ‘Royal authority and urban formation: King Edward I and his ‘new towns’’, in Larkham P J and Conzen M P (eds) Shapers of Urban Form. Explorations in Morphological Agency (Routledge, London), 27-45.
Larkham P J and Lilley K D 2014 ‘Townscape and scenography: conceptualizing and communicating the new urban landscape in British post-war planning’, in Pendlebury J, Erten, E and Larkham P J (eds) Alternative Visions of Post-War Reconstruction. Creating the modern townscape (Routledge, London), 108-22.
Lilley K D (ed) 2013 Mapping Medieval Geographies: Geographical Encounters in the Latin West and Beyond, 100-1600 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge).
Lilley K D 2013 ‘mapping medieval geographies’, in Lilley K D (ed) 2013 Mapping Medieval Geographies: Geographical Encounters in the Latin West and Beyond, 100-1600 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge), 1-20.
Lilley K D and Porter C 2013 ‘Mapping Worlds? Excavating cartographic encounters in Plantation Ireland through GIS’, Historical Geography, 41: 35-58
Lilley K D 2013 ‘Mapping futures? Digitisation, spatial technologies and historic towns atlases’, in Clarke H B and Gearty S (eds) Maps and Texts. Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin), 278-94.
Lilley K D 2013 ‘Conceptualising the city: historical mapping, spatial theory and the production of urban spaces’, in Pauly M and Scheutz M (eds), Cities and their Spaces. Concepts and their Use in Europe (Böhlau Verlag, Cologne), 143-154.
Lilley K D 2012 ‘Mapping futures? Spatial technologies and the medieval city – a critical cartography’, Post-Classical Archaeologies 2, 227-254.
Lloyd C D, Gregory I N, Shuttleworth I G and Lilley K D 2012 ‘Exploring change in urban areas using GIS: data sources, linkages and problems’, Annals of GIS, 18:1, 71-8.
Larkham P J and Lilley K D 2012, ‘Exhibiting the city: planning ideas and public involvement in wartime and early post-war Britain’, Town Planning Review 83 (6), 647-668.
Lilley K D 2012, ‘Mapping Plantagenet rule through the Gough Map of Great Britain’; in I. Baumgartner and M. Stercken (eds.), Herrschaft verorten: Politische Kartographie des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit (Verlag), 77-97.
Lilley K D 2012 ‘GIS, spatial technologies and digital mappings’; Gunn S and Faire L (eds) Research Methods in History (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh), 121-140.
Lilley K D 2012 ‘Imagined landscapes? Mapping medieval Chester through literature, cartography and information technology’; in Lavaud S and Schmidt B (ed), Représenter la Ville (Ausonius Éditions, Bordeaux), 227-244.
Dyer C and Lilley K D 2012 'Town and countryside: relationships and resemblances'; in Christie N and Stamper P (eds), Medieval Rural Settlement. Britain and Ireland, AD 800-1600 (Oxbow, Oxford), 81-98. 5
Vetch P, Clarke C, and Lilley K D 2012 ‘Between text and image: digital rendering of a late medieval city’; in Nelson B and Terras M (eds) Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (Tempe: RSA / Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies), in press.
*Lilley K D 2011 ‘Geography’s medieval history: a forgotten enterprise?’, Dialogues in Human Geography 1(2), 147-62.
Lilley K D 2011 ‘Quid sit mundus: making space for medieval geographies’, Dialogues in Human Geography 1(2), 191-7.
Lilley K D 2011 ‘Digital cartographies and medieval geographies’; in Daniels S, DeLyser D, Ketchum J and Richardson D (eds) Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds. Geography and the Humanities (Routledge, London), 25-33; ISBN 978-0-415-58977-2.
Lilley K D 2011 ‘Urban mappings: visualizing late medieval Chester in cartographic and textual form’; in Clarke C (ed), Mapping the Medieval City (University of Wales Press, Cardiff), 19-41; ISBN 978 0 7083 2392 2.
Lilley K D 2010 ‘Medieval urban design’; in Hutchinson R, Beauregard B, Crang M, and Aalbers M (eds), Sage Encyclopaedia of Urban Studies (Sage, London); ISBN 9781412914321.
Lilley K D 2010 ‘Borough’; in Topalov C, Coudroy de Linne L, Depaule J-C and Marin B (eds.), L’Aventure des Mots de la Ville. Á travers le temps, les langues, les sociétés (Éditions Robert Laffont, Paris), 154-59 ; ISBN : 978-2-221-11204-5.
Lilley K D and Reeder D A 2010 ‘City’ ; in Topalov C, Coudroy de Linne L, Depaule J-C and Marin B (eds.), L’Aventure des Mots de la Ville. Á travers le temps, les langues, les sociétés (Éditions Robert Laffont, Paris), 308-313; ISBN : 978-2-221-11204-5.
Lilley K D 2010 ‘Town’ ; in Topalov C, Coudroy de Linne L, Depaule J-C and Marin B (eds.), L’Aventure des Mots de la Ville. Á travers le temps, les langues, les sociétés (Éditions Robert Laffont, Paris), 1226-1231, 1234; ISBN : 978-2-221-11204-5.
*Lilley K D 2009 City and Cosmos: the Medieval World in Urban Form (Reaktion Books: Chicago/London), pp.256, ISBN 978 1 86189 441 0 6.
*Lilley K D and Lloyd C D 2009 ‘Mapping the realm: a new look at the Gough Map of Britain (c.1360)’, Imago Mundi 61(1), 1-28.
*Lloyd C D and Lilley K D 2009 ‘Cartographic veracity in medieval mapping: analysing geographical variation in the Gough Map of Great Britain’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(1), 27-48.
Lilley K D 2009 ‘The landscapes of Edward’s new towns: their planning and design’; in Williams D and Kenyon J (eds) The Impact of the Edwardian Castles on Wales (Oxbow, Oxford), 99-113; ISBN 978 1 84217 380 010.
Lilley K D 2009 ‘Medieval geography’; in Thrift N and Kitchin R (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, Oxford), volume 7, 21-31; ISBN-10: 0-08-044911-5.
Lilley K D 2009 ‘Denis Cosgrove’; Thrift N and Kitchin R (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, Oxford), volume 2, 305-6; ISBN-10: 0-08-044911-5.
Lilley K D 2009 ‘Urban morphology’; Thrift N and Kitchin R (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, Oxford), volume 12, 66-9; ISBN-10: 0-08-044911-5.
Lilley K D 2009 ‘Denis E. Cosgrove, 1948-2008’ [obituary], Social & Cultural Geography 10, 219-224.
Lilley KD 2008 ‘Faith and devotion’; in Short J R, Hubbard P J and Hall T (eds) The Compendium of Urban Studies (Sage, London), 28-46.
Lilley K D, Lloyd C, and Trick S 2007 ‘Designs and designers of medieval ‘new towns’ in Wales’, Antiquity 81, 279-93.
Lilley K D 2007 ‘Agents and agency in the English medieval city’, Journal of Urban History 33, 1048-1056.
Lilley K D, Lloyd C and Trick S 2007 ‘Mapping medieval townscapes: GIS applications in landscape history and settlement study’; in Gardiner, M and Rippon, S (eds) Medieval Landscapes (Windgather, Bollington), 27-42; ISBN 978 1 905119 18 9.
Lilley K D 2006 ‘On the nature of medieval geography’, H-HistGeog (September, 2006) (http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.cgi?path=320931161613904)
Lloyd C D and Lilley K D 2006 ‘Examining spatial variation in the cartographic veracity of the Gough Map’; in Priestnall G and Aplin P (eds) GISUK 2006. Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 14th Annual Conference. 5th–7th April 2006 University of Nottingham (University of Nottingham, Nottingham), 121–125.
Lilley K D 2006 ‘Conceptions and perceptions of urban futures in early post-war Britain: some everyday experiences of the rebuilding of Coventry, 1940-1962’; in Boyd Whyte I (ed) The Man-Made Future (Routledge, London), 145-156; ISBN 0 415 35789 6.
Lilley K D, Lloyd C and Trick S 2005 ‘Mapping medieval urban landscapes: the design and planning of Edward I’s new towns of England and Wales’, Antiquity 79 (No. 103), project gallery # 3.
Lilley K D , Lloyd C, Trick S and Graham, C 2005 ‘Analysing and mapping medieval urban forms using GPS and GIS’, Urban Morphology 9, 1-9.
Lilley K D, Lloyd C and Trick S 2005 Mapping Medieval Townscapes: a digital atlas of the new towns of Edward I, e-publication (ADS, University of York): http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/atlas_ahrb_2005
Lilley K D 2005 ‘Urban landscapes and their design: creating town from country in the later Middle Ages’; in Dyer C C and Giles K (eds) Town and Country, 1100-1500, Society for Medieval Archaeology monograph (Maney, Oxford), 223-243; ISBN 1 904350 28 3.
Lilley K D 2004 ‘Cities of God? Medieval urban forms and their Christian symbolism’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 29, 296-313. Lilley K D 2004 ‘Mapping cosmopolis: moral topographies of the medieval city’, Environment and Planning d: Society and Space 22, 681-98.
Hubbard P J and Lilley K D 2004 ‘Pacemaking the modern city: the urban politics of speed and slowness’, Environment and Planning d: Society and Space, 22, 273-294.
Lilley K D 2004 ‘Denis Cosgrove’; in Hubbard P J, Kitchin R and Valentine G (eds) Key Thinkers on Space and Place (Sage, London), 84-89; ISBN 0 7619 4962 3.
Lilley K D 2004 ‘Brian Harley’; in Hubbard P J, Kitchin R and Valentine G (eds) Key Thinkers on Space and Place (Sage, London), 174-180; ISBN 0 7619 4962 312.
Larkham P J and Lilley K D 2003 ‘Plans, planners and city images: place promotion and civic boosterism in British reconstruction planning’, Urban History, 30 (2), 183-205. Lilley K D 2003 ‘On display: planning exhibitions as civic propaganda or public consultation?’, Planning History, 25, 3-8.
Hubbard P J, Faire L J and Lilley K D 2003 ‘Contesting the modern city: reconstruction and everyday life in post-war Coventry’, Planning Perspectives, 18, 377-97.
Hubbard P J, Faire L J and Lilley K D 2003 ‘Memorials to modernity? Public art in the “City of the Future”’, Landscape Research, 28(2), 147-169.
Lilley K D 2003 ‘Reading the medieval urban landscape: approaches to the morphological study of landscape’; in Munro D and Doherty A (eds) Reading the Landscape (COBRIG & SAGT, Glasgow), 70-82; ISSN 0140-2682.
Lilley K D 2002 Urban Life in the Middle Ages – 1000-1450 (Palgrave: London/New York) pp.295; ISBN 0 333 71249 8 (pbk), ISBN 0 333 71248 X (hbk).
Hubbard P J, Lilley K D and Faire L J 2002 'Remembering post-war reconstruction: Modernism and city planning in Coventry, 1940-1962', Planning History, 24, 7-20.
Lilley K D 2002 ‘“One immense goldfield!” British imaginings of the Australian gold rushes, 1851-59’, Landscape Research, 27(1), 67-82.
Lilley K D 2002 ‘Imagined geographies of the ‘Celtic fringe’ – the cultural construction of the Other in medieval Wales and Ireland’; in Harvey D, Jones R, McInroy N and Milligan C (eds) Celtic Geographies. Old Culture, New Times (Routledge, London), 21-36; ISBN 0 415 22397 0.
Lilley K D 2001 ‘Urban planning and the design of towns in the Middle Ages: the Earls of Devon and their ‘new towns’’, Planning Perspectives, 16, 1-24.
Larkham P J and Lilley K D 2001 Planning the ‘City of Tomorrow’: British Reconstruction Planning, 1939-1952: an annotated bibliography (Inch, Pickering), pp.65; ISBN 0 9514277 1 7. 38.
Lilley K D 2000 ‘Non urbe, non vico, non castris: territorial control and the colonization and urbanization of Wales and Ireland under Anglo-Norman lordship’, Journal of Historical Geography, 26 (4), 517-31.
Lilley K D 2000 ‘Mapping the medieval city: plan analysis and urban history’, Urban History, 27(1), 5-30.
Hubbard P J and Lilley K D 2000 ‘Selling the past: heritage-tourism and place identity in Stratford upon Avon’, Geography, 85, 221-232.
Lilley K D 2000 ‘Landscape mapping and symbolic form: drawing as a creative medium in cultural geography’; in Cook I, Crouch D, Naylor S, and Ryan J (eds) Cultural Turns/ Geographical Turns (Longman, London), 231-245; ISBN 0 582 36887 1.
Lilley K D 2000 ‘Decline or decay? Urban landscapes in late-medieval England’; in Slater T R (ed) Towns in Decline. AD100-1600 (Ashgate, Aldershot), 235-265; ISBN 0 7546 0084 X.
Lilley K D 1999 ‘Modern visions of the medieval city: competing conceptions of urbanism in European civic design’, Environment and Planning b: Planning and Design, 26, 427-446.
Lilley K D 1999 ‘Urban landscapes and the cultural politics of territorial control in Anglo-Norman England’, Landscape Research, 24, 5-23.
Lilley K D 1999 ‘Geometry and medieval town planning: a reply’, Urban Morphology, 3(2), 111-114.
Lilley K D 1999 Norman Towns in Southern England: Urban Morphogenesis in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 1066-1215; Urban Morphology Research Monograph 5 (University of Birmingham, School of Geography and Environmental Sciences), pp.145; ISBN 0 7044 85281.
Lilley K D 1998 ‘Urban design in medieval Coventry: the planning of Much and Little Park Street within the Earl of Chester’s fee’, Midland History, 23, 1-20.
Lilley K D 1998 ‘Taking measures across the medieval landscape: aspects of urban design before the Renaissance’, Urban Morphology, 2(2), 82-92.
Lilley K D 1998 ‘Geometry, urban planning and town design in the high Middle Ages’, Planning History, 20, 7-15.
Lilley K D 1998 ‘Trading places: monastic initiative and the development of high medieval Coventry’; in Slater T R and Rosser G (eds) The Church and the Medieval Town (Ashgate, Aldershot), 177-208; ISBN 1 84014 213 8.
Lilley K D 1997 ‘Colonialism and urbanism in high medieval Europe: identifying morphologies of urban change’; in De Boe G and Verhaeghe F (eds) Urbanism in Medieval Europe (Zellik, Belgium), 189-204; ISBN 90 75230 02 8.
Lilley K D 1996 The Norman Town in Dyfed: A Preliminary Study of Urban Form; Urban Morphology Research Monograph 1 (University of Birmingham, School of Geography and Environmental Sciences), pp.98; ISBN 0 7044 16484.
Lilley K D 1994 ‘A Warwickshire medieval borough: Brinklow and the contribution of town-plan analysis', Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society, 98, 51-61.
Lilley K D 1994 ‘Coventry's topographical development: the impact of the priory', in Demidowicz, G (ed) Coventry's First Cathedral (Watkins, Stamford), 72-96; ISBN 1 871615 49 6.
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