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Tim Cresswell is Ogilvie Professor of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. He is a cultural geographer by training, and the author or editor of a dozen books and over a 100 articles on the role of space, place and mobility in social and cultural life. He has PhDs in Geography (Wisconsin) and Creative Writing (Royal Holloway, University of London). Cresswell is also a widely published poet with three collections – most recently Plastiglomerate(Penned in the Margins, 2020). His most recent academic books include, Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place  published in 2019 by the University of Chicago Press, Moving Towards Transition published by Zed Books (co-authored) in 2021 and Muybridge and Mobility published by University of California Press (co-authored) in 2022. His research focuses on place and mobility and their role in the constitution of social and cultural life. 

Research Interests

Geographies of place and mobility in relation to social and cultural hierarchies.

Transgression and resistance.

Creative approaches to geography.



Research Groups

Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group

Research students


The Nature of Geographical Knowledge (UG 3rd Year core course)

Geographies of Mobility  (UG honours option course)

Values and the Environment (Masters course)

Creativity and the Environment (Masters course)


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