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Professor Ian Gregory

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Ian Gregory

Bowland College

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594967

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Research overview

I am a geographer by training and have spent much of my career working applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to historical research, a field that has become known as Historical GIS. As a result of the growth of Digital Humanities, I have become particularly interested in using GIS with texts as well as the more traditional quantitative sources. This is the subject of the European Research Council grant Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places that I currently hold. For much more on my research see my personal website.

PhD supervision

I would be interested in supervising any PhD student who wants to do a PhD that uses Digital Humanities, Historical GIS or Spatial Humanities in any way. One area of particular interest is that at Lancaster we are very lucky to have access to the underlying data that make up some very large digital collections. This means that PhD students will be able to conduct research that uses these sources in, for example, corpus linguistics, GIS or statistical software, without the limitations imposed by public web interfaces. These include large textual corpora such as: Early English Books Online (http://www.textcreationpartnership.org/tcp-eebo); the Histpop collection of population reports for Britain and Ireland, 1801-1937 (http://www.histpop.org); the British Library's Nineteenth Century Newspapers Collection (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/730); and a major corpus of Lake District writing (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/spatialhum.wordpress/?page_id=43). If required, we can geo-reference these such that they can be analysed using geographical information systems (GIS). We also have access to several major quantitative databases including: the Integrated Census Micro-data (ICeM) data of individual-level census data from 1851-1911 (http://www.essex.ac.uk/history/research/icem); aggregate data from the Great Britain Historical GIS covering much of the 19th and 20th centuries (http://www.gbhgis.org); and similar resources for Ireland. Again, this material can be incorporated into GIS. Additional permissions may be required to use some sources, however we would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is developing a PhD that uses any of these, with or without GIS. Training in software and methods including corpus linguistics, GIS and databases can be provided. What we are really interested in project ideas that either conduct applied research or develop methodologies that exploit the vast amounts of historical information in these sources. 
Do feel free to contact me informally if you would like to discuss anything.

Current Teaching

  • Hist426 - Digital approaches to the Humanities
  • FASS525 - Geographical Information Systems in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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