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Professor Roger Kain

Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study, University of London and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), University of London

British Academy appointments
Vice-President 1997 - 1999
Treasurer 2002 - 2010
Member of Council 1999 - 2000
Vice-President Research & HE Policy 2014 -

Historical Geography and Map History

The focus of Roger's research is the history of maps and mapping for which he has obtained substantial funding, enabling employment of his principal collaborator, Dr Richard Oliver, continuously since 1987. Books published in the last 20 years include: Cadastral Maps in the Service of the State (University of Chicago Press, 1992 and winner of the Newberry Library Kenneth Nebenzahl Prize), The Tithe Maps of England and Wales (Cambridge University Press, 1995, reprinted 2011, and winner of the Library Association's McColvin Medal), Historical Atlas of South-West England (Exeter University Press, 1999), English Maps: a History (British Library, 2000), The Enclosure of Maps of England and Wales, 1585-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2004, reprinted 2011), and England's Landscape: The South West (English Heritage 2006), British Town Maps: a history (British Library, 2015) ; this accompanies an electronic Catalogue of British Town Maps hosted by the Institute of Historical Research. In 2008 he was appointed editor of Cartography in the Nineteenth Century (University of Chicago Press) and funded by US National Endowment for Humanities and Natural Science Foundation.

Externally, Roger Kain has served as Secretary and Chair of the Institute of British Geographers Historical Geography Research Group and was Chair of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference in 2002, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Geography Section in 2004, and a member of the DfES Higher Education Research Forum. He was a member of the UUK and HEFCE/AHRC working groups on research assessment after 2008 and a founder-member of the Research Information Network Advisory Board. He was a member of HEFCE Research Committee, 2009-13 and is currently serving on the HEFCE Metrics Review Group and REF Impact Evaluation Steering Group. Roger was a member of the AHRC Council from 2008 to 2014. He has chaired the British Academy's Human Geography and Social Anthropology Section, was founder chair of its Research Grants Committee, between 2002-10 was the Academy's Treasurer and is currently Vice-President for Research and Higher Education Policy.

Past appointments
Montefiore Professor of Geography University of Exeter (1990 - 2010)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor University of Exeter (2002 - 2010)
Fellow University College London (2002 - )

Principal publications
The cadastral map in the service of the state: a history of property mapping, 1992
The tithe maps of England and Wales: a cartographic analysis and county-by-county catalogue, 1995 and 2011
English maps: a history, 1999
An atlas and index of the tithe files of mid-nineteenth century England and Wales, 1986-2010
The enclosure maps of England and Wales 1595-1918, 2004 and 2011
British Town Maps: A History, 2015


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