Dr Denis Shaw BA, PhD

Dr Denis Shaw

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Shaw is a specialist on the historical geography of Russia with particular reference to the history of geographical and related environmental sciences.

Qualifications

  • BA
  • PhD

Biography

Member of the School (Department) of Geography and Centre for Russian and East European Studies since 1971

Associate Member of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies

Postgraduate supervision

Presently co-supervising one postgraduate student, based at the University of Glasgow (CRCEES).

Research

Russian historical geography including the historical geography of early modern Russia and the history of Russian geographical and environmental thought.

Research projects

The Landscape Concept in Russian Scientific Thought c1880s - 1991
(AHRC Award No AH/G011028/1) September 2009 - March 2013 
In collaboration with Dr Jonathan Oldfield (University of Glasgow)

The USSR and its contribution to global environmental understanding and policy prescription, 1945-1991
(ESRC Award Ref: RES-062-23-1734) January 2010-June 2013
In collaboration with Dr Jonathan Oldfield (University of Glasgow)

M. I. Budyko (1920-2001) and Soviet contibutions to climate change science (British Academy Small Grant. Ref: SG 131270). In collaboration with Dr Jonathan Oldfield (University of Birmingham).

Publications

J D Oldfield and D J B Shaw (2016) The Development of Russian Environmental Thought: Scientific and Geographical Perspectives on the Natural Environment, Routledge, London

D J B Shaw (2015) ‘Mastering Nature through Science: Soviet Geographers and the Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature, 1948-53’, Slavonic and East European Review 93 no 1, 120-146.

D J B Shaw and J D Oldfield (2015) ‘Soviet Geographers and the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945: Lev Berg and Andrei Grigor’ev,’ Journal of Historical Geography 47, January, 40-49

 J D Oldfield and D J B Shaw (2015) ‘A Russian Geographical Tradition? The Contested Canon of Russian and Soviet Geography, 1884-1953’, Journal of Historical Geography 49, July, 75-84.

J D Oldfield, J Lajus and D J B Shaw (2015) ‘Conceptualizing and Utilizing the Natural Environment: Critical Reflections from Imperial and Soviet Russia’, Slavonic and East European Review 93 no 1, 1-15.

J D Oldfield and D J B Shaw, (2013), ‘V I Vernadsky and the Development of Biogeochemical Understandings of the Biosphere, c1880s-1968’, British Journal for the History of Science 46 no 2, 287-310.

D J B Shaw, 2010, ‘Some Eighteenth-Century Russian Perceptions of the Living Environment’, Studies in the History of Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, 2 no 4, 35-50

D J B Shaw and J D Oldfield, 2008, Totalitarianism and Geography: L S Berg and the Defence of an Academic Discipline in the Age of Stalin, Political Geography 27, 1, 96-112

D J B Shaw and J D Oldfield, 2008, Scientific, Institutional and Personal Rivalries among Soviet Geographers in the Late Stalin Era, Europe-Asia Studies 60, 8, 1397-1418.

D J B Shaw, 2007, Bernhard Varenius’ Geographia Generalis and the Rise of Modern Geographical Studies in Russia. In Margret Schuchard (Ed),  Bernhard Varenius, 1622-1650, Brill, Leiden, 271-287.

D J B  Shaw and J.D Oldfield, 2007, Landscape Science: a Russian Geographical Tradition, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97, 111-126

J D Oldfield and D J B Shaw, 2006, ‘Russian Concepts of Sustainable Development: V I Vernadsky and the Noosphere concept. Geoforum 37, 145-154

D J B Shaw, 2006, ‘Russia’s Geographical Environment’ in M P Perrie Ed, The Cambridge History of Russia, vol 1. From Early Rus to 1689. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 19-43

D J B Shaw, 2006, ‘Towns and Commerce in the Sixteenth Century’, in M P Perrie, Ed, The Cambridge History of Russia, vol 1. From Early Rus to 1689. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 298-316.

D J B Shaw 2006, ‘Urban Developments in the Seventeenth Century’, in M P Perrie, Ed. The Cambridge History of Russia, vol 1. From Early Rus to 1689. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 579-599.

D J B Shaw, 2005 Mapmaking, science and state building in Russia before Peter the Great’, Journal of Historical Geography 31 no 3, 409-429

J D Oldfield, A Kouzmina and D J B Shaw (2003) ‘Russia’s Involvement in the International Environmental Process: a Research Report’, Eurasian Geography and Economics 44 no 2, 157-168.

J D Oldfield and D J B Shaw (2002) ‘Revisiting Sustainable Development: Russian Cultural and  Scientific Traditions and the Concept of Sustainable Development’, Area 34 no 4, 391-400.