Dr Denis Shaw BA, PhD

 

Honorary Reader in Russian Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

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

About

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 supervising one postgraduate (PhD) working on the Russo-Japanese Northern Territories dispute.

Research Students since 2001

Jianping Wang (2005-), Community-Based Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development: a Comparative Case Study of Northern Thailand and Southwest China (funded by Ford Foundation; Supervised by Drs D J B Shaw and Dan van der Horst).

Paul Richardson (2006-), The Southern Kuril Islands and their Role in Defining and Contesting Contemporary Russian Identity (funded by EPSRC; supervised by Professor Mark Bassin and Dr Denis Shaw)

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)

Other activities

  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Soviet Geography (now Eurasian Geography and Economics) (Washington, DC), 1988-97, 2001-present
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Teaching in Higher Education, 2005-present

Publications

Key Publications since 2001

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

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