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Academic Complete

A multidisciplinary collection of over 180,000 scholarly titles from hundreds of leading academic publishers. eBooks are made available on ProQuest's eBook Central platform. Offers unlimited, multi-user access. To view content for specific disciplines, simply select from the "Browse Subject" option page

Sage Knowledge

SAGE Knowledge hosts thousands of carefully selected titles by world-class authors and editors on hot topics across the social sciences. The platform also includes hundreds of reference titles, providing students with the perfect place to start their research.

Open Geography Textbooks

Free, open curriculum resources for Geography

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First Year Works

The following titles are listed in reading lists for first year modules

Human Geography

Using the story of the "West and the world" as its backdrop, this book provides a concise introduction to Human Geography, including its key concepts, seminal thinkers and their theories, contemporary debates, and celebrated case studies.

Geographical Thought

Geographical Thought provides a clear and accessible introduction to the key ideas and figures in human geography.

Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context (7th ed.)

Contents: 1. Geography matters --- 2. The changing global context --- 3. Geographies of population and migration --- 4. People and nature --- 5. Cultural geographies --- 6. Language, communication, and belief --- 7. Interpreting places and landscapes --- 8. Geographies of economic development --- 9. Geographies of food and agriculture --- 10. Political geographies --- 11. Urbanization and the global urban system --- 12. City spaces: urban structure.

The Global Casino

The Global Casino is an introduction to environmental issues which deals both with the workings of the physical environment and the political, economic and social frameworks in which the issues occur.

Fundamentals of the Physical Environment

Fundamentals of the Physical Environment is a core introductory book for students of physical geography and the environmental sciences. Taking a systems approach, it demonstrates how the various factors operating at Earth's surface can and do interact, and how landscape can be used to decipher them.

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Reconstructing Quaternary Environments

This third edition of Reconstructing Quaternary Environments has been completely revised and updated to provide a new account of the history and scale of environmental changes during the Quaternary. The evidence is extremely diverse, ranging from landforms and sediments to fossil assemblages and geochemical data, and includes new data from terrestrial, marine and ice-core records.

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Second Year Works

The following titles are part of reading lists for second year modules


This volume provides researchers, students, practising engineers and managers access to knowledge, practical formulae and new hypotheses for the dynamics, mixing, sediment regimes and morphological evolution in estuaries. The objectives are to explain the underlying governing processes and synthesise these into descriptive formulae which can be used to guide the future development of any estuary.

River Variability and Complexity

Rivers differ among themselves and through time. An individual river can vary significantly downstream, changing its dimensions and pattern dramatically over a short distance. If hydrology and hydraulics were the primary controls on the morphology and behaviour of large rivers, we would expect long reaches of rivers to maintain characteristic and relatively uniform morphologies. In fact, this is not the case - the variability of large rivers indicates that other important factors are involved.

Cruel Harvest

Cruel harvest argues that the US is not concerned about waging a war on drugs, and that alleged concerns about narco-terrorism mostly act to justify occupation.

Atmosphere, Weather and Climate

This book presents a comprehensive introduction to weather processes and climatic conditions around the world, their observed variability and changes, and projected future trends. Extensively revised and updated, this ninth edition retains its tried and tested structure while incorporating recent advances in the field.

Key Concepts in Historical Geography

Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative reference work includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization, Space and Power

Rebel Cities

Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai, from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways--and how they can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance.

Introduction to Cities

The revised and updated second edition of Introduction to Cities explores why cities are such a vital part of the human experience and how they shape our everyday lives. Written in engaging and accessible terms, Introduction to Cities examines the study of cities through two central concepts: that cities are places where people live, form communities, and establish their own identities, and that they are spaces, such as the inner city and the suburb, that offer a way to configure and shape the material world and natural environment. I

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Thirs Year Works

River Dynamics

Rivers are important agents of change that shape the Earth's surface and evolve through time in response to fluctuations in climate and other environmental conditions. They are fundamental in landscape development, and essential for water supply, irrigation, and transportation. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the geomorphological processes that shape rivers and that produce change in the form of rivers.

Handbook of Strategic Environmental Assessment

This handbook surveys the full breadth and depth of SEA, bringing together a range of international perspectives and insights on the theoretical, methodological and institutional dimensions and practical issues of the field. It then subjects this conventional wisdom to a critical reappraisal, looks at the vast lessons of experience and offers new ideas and interpretations as to where the field is going.

Population Geography

This text provides an introduction to population geography. First grounding students in the fundamentals, Bruce Newbold then explains the tools and techniques commonly used to describe and understand population concepts using real-world issues and events. He explores such pressing concerns as HIV/AIDS, international migration, refugee movements, fertility, mortality, resource scarcity, and conflict.

A Companion to Social Geography

This volume traces the complexity of social geography in both its historical and present contexts, whilst challenging readers to reflect critically on the tensions that run through social geographic thought.

After Repeal

The overturning of the Irish abortion ban in 2018 stands as one of the most remarkable political events of recent times. After Repeal explores both the campaign and the implications of the referendum result for politics, identity, and culture today.

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Emerging from the desire to examine differences and exclusions as a key aspect of human geographies, these geographies have engaged with heterosexual and queer, lesbian, gay, bi and trans lives. This book reviews the current state of the field and offers new insights from authors located on five continents.

Survival City

On the road to Survival City, Tom Vanderbilt maps the visible and invisible legacies of the cold war, exhuming the blueprints for the apocalypse we once envisioned and chronicling a time when we all lived at ground zero. In this road trip among ruined missile silos, atomic storage bunkers, and secret test sites, a lost battleground emerges amid the architecture of the 1950s, accompanied by Walter Cotten's stunning photographs.

Picturing Empire

Coinciding with the extraordinary expansion of Britain's overseas empire under Queen Victoria, the invention of photography allowed millions to see what they thought were realistic and unbiased pictures of distant peoples and places. But as James R. Ryan argues in Picturing Empire, Victorian photographs reveal as much about the imaginative landscapes of imperial culture as they do about the "real" subjects captured within their frames.

Urban Subversion and the Creative City

This book provides a critique of the current Creative City paradigm, with a capital 'C', and argues for a creative city with a small 'c' via a theoretical exploration of urban subversion. The book argues that the Creative City is a systemic requirement of neoliberal capitalist urban development and part of the wider policy framework of 'creativity' that includes the creative industries and the creative class, and also has inequalities and injustices in-built.

Explore Everything

What does it feel like to find the city's edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting it as a place for endless adventure. Plotting expeditions from London, Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Bradley L. Garrett has tested the boundaries of urban security in order to experience the city in ways beyond the everyday. He calls it 'place hacking'- the recoding of closed, secret, hidden and forgotten urban spaces to make them realms of opportunity.

For Creative Geographies: Geography, Visual Arts and the Making of Worlds

This book provides a critical exploration, and celebration, of the relationship between Geography and the contemporary Visual Arts. With the growth of research in the Geohumanities and the Spatial Humanities, there is an imperative to extend and deepen considerations of the form and import of geography-art relations. Such reflections are increasingly important as geography-art intersections come to encompass not only relationships built through interpretation, but also those built through shared practices, wherein geographers work as and with artists, curators and other creative practitioners.

Refiguring Techniques in Digital-Visual Research

This book interrogates how new digital-visual techniques and technologies are being used in emergent configurations of research and intervention. It discusses technological change and technological possibility; theoretical shifts toward processual paradigms; and a respectful ethics of responsibility.

Video Methods: Socia Science Research in Motion

This interdisciplinary collection provides a set of innovative and inventive approaches to the use of video as a research method. Building on the development of visual methods across the social sciences, it highlights a range of possibilities for making and working with video data. The collection showcases different video methods, including video diaries, video go-alongs, time-lapse video, mobile devices, multi-angle video recording, video ethnography, and ethnographic documentary. Each method is presented through a case study, showing how it can be used in practice.

Researching the City

A guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It provides the novice researcher with a wealth of practical advice on theory, methods, writing style, and everything else one needs to know to design and manage a successful urban research project.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography brings together leading scholars in the field to examine its history, assess the current state of the art, and project future directions.

Geographies of Development

Now in its fourth edition, Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies remains a comprehensive introductory textbook for students of Development Studies, Development Geography and related fields. The book provides the basics in terms of a geographical approach to development.

Life Takes Place

Life Takes Place argues that, even in our mobile, hypermodern world, human life is impossible without place. Seamon asks the question: why does life take place? He draws on examples of specific places and place experiences to understand place more broadly.

Spatial Histories of Radical Geography

A wide-ranging and knowledgeable guide to the history of radical geography in North America and beyond. Includes contributions from an international group of scholars and focuses on the centrality of place, spatial circulation and geographical scale in understanding the rise of radical geography and its spread

Geopolitics and Development

Geopolitics and Development examines the historical emergence of development as a form of governmentality, from the end of empire to the Cold War and the War on Terror. It illustrates the various ways in which the meanings and relations of development as a discourse, an apparatus and an aspiration, have been geopolitically imagined and enframed.

A Companion to Environmental Geography

A Companion to Environmental Geography maps the research frontier of 'human-environment geography'. Cross-cuts several areas of a discipline which has traditionally been seen as divided; presenting work by human and physical geographers in the same volume.

Geographies of Development

Now in its fourth edition, Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies remains a comprehensive introductory textbook for students of Development Studies, Development Geography and related fields. The book provides the basics in terms of a geographical approach to development.

Historical Geographies of Anarchism

In the last few years, anarchism has been rediscovered as a transnational, cosmopolitan and multifaceted movement. Its traditions, often hastily dismissed, are increasingly revealing insights which inspire present-day scholarship in geography. This book provides a historical geography of anarchism, analysing the places and spatiality of historical anarchist movements, key thinkers, and the present scientific challenges of the geographical anarchist traditions.

Environmental Social Science

Environmental Social Science offers a synthesis of environmental studies, defining the nature of human-environment interactions and providing the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary enterprise that will make critical theories and research methods accessible across the natural and social sciences. Includes much-needed descriptions of how to carry out research that is multinational, multiscale, multitemporal, and multidisciplinary within a complex systems theory context.

Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies

This book provides a new synthesis of the published research on the Quaternary of Ireland. It reviews a number of significant advances in the last three decades on the understanding of the pattern and chronology of the Irish Quaternary glacial, interglacial, floristic and occupation records.

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Final Year and Masters Works

Subaltern Geographies

Subaltern Geographies is a book-length discussion addressing the relationship between the historical innovations of subaltern studies and the critical intellectual practices and methodologies of cultural, urban, historical, and political geography. This edited volume explores this relationship by attempting to think critically about space and spatial categorizations.

Low Fertility, Institutions, and Their Policies

This volume examines ten economically advanced countries in Europe and Asia that have experienced different levels of fertility decline. It offers readers a cross-country perspective on the causes and consequences of low birth rates and the different policy responses to this worrying trend. The countries examined are not only diverse geographically, historically, and culturally, but also have different policies and institutions in place.

Cities and Climate Change

This volume comprises a collection of papers prepared and presented at the World Bank's Fifth Urban Research Symposium, as part of the World Bank Group's strategy to share and encourage research oriented to urban issues and bridge these academic results with the pressing needs of developing cities.

Applied GIS and Spatial Analysis

Applications-driven book dealing with commercially-sponsored spatial analysis research. Focuses on business and public sector planning case studies, offering readers a snapshot of the use of spatial analysis across a broad range of areas.

GIS and Evidence-Based Policy Making

Although much has been written on evidence-based policy making, this is the first volume to address the potential of GIS in this arena. GIS and Evidence-Based Policy Making covers the development of new methodological approaches, emphasizing the identification of spatial patterns in social phenomena.

GIS for Environmental Decision-Making

Environmental applications have long been a core use of GIS. However, the effectiveness of GIS-based methods depends on the decision-making frameworks and contexts within which they are employed. GIS for Environmental Decision-Making takes an interdisciplinary look at the capacities of GIS to integrate, analyze, and display data on which decisions are based.

GIS for Environmental Applications

GIS for Environmental Applications provides a practical introduction to the principles, methods, techniques and tools in GIS for spatial data management, analysis, modelling and visualisation, and their applications in environmental problem solving and decision making. It covers the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques in spatial data, spatial data management, spatial analysis and modelling, spatial visualisation, spatial interpolation, spatial statistics, and remote sensing data analysis, as well as demonstrates the typical environmental applications of GIS, including terrain analysis, hydrological modelling, land use analysis and modelling, ecological modelling, and ecosystem service valuation. Case studies are used in the text to contextualise these subjects in the real world, examples and detailed tutorials are provided in each chapter to show how the GIS techniques and tools introduced in the chapter can be implemented using ESRI ArcGIS (a popular GIS software system for environmental applications) and other third party extensions to ArcGIS to address.

Territorial Patterns of Innovation

This edited volume describes the spatial diffusion of knowledge and innovation using a large dataset at the regional level, and presents scientific evidence on the role of knowledge and innovation on regional development.

After the World Trade Center

The terrorist attacks of September 11 have created an unprecedented public discussion about the uses and meanings of the central area of lower Manhattan that was once the World Trade Center. While the city sifts through the debris, contrary forces shaping its future are at work. In After the World Trade Center, eminent social critics Sharon Zukin and Michael Sorkin call on New York's most acclaimed urbanists to consider the impact of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and what it bodes for the future of New York.

The English Urban Landscape

A volume on the history of the English urban environment that will appeal to both general readers and academic specialists. The emphasis throughout is emphatically that of the historian, rather than the physical geographer: that is, a primary focus on the people who make the landscapes, the changing social structure of the communities, and the different economies which sustained them.

Whose Public Space? International Case Studies in urban Design and Development

Public spaces mirror the complexities of urban societies: as historic social bonds have weakened and cities have become collections of individuals public open spaces have also changed from being embedded in the social fabric of the city to being a part of more impersonal and fragmented urban environments. Can making public spaces help overcome this fragmentation, where accessible spaces are created through inclusive processes? This book offers some answers to this question through analysing the process of urban design and development in international case studies.

The Form of Cities

The Form of Cities offers readers a considered theoretical introduction to the art of designing cities. Demonstrates that cities are replete with symbolic values, collective memory, association and conflict. Proposes a new theoretical understanding of urban design, and different ways of conceptualising the city, whether through aesthetics or the prism of gender.

Public Places - Urban Spaces

Public Places Urban Spaces, 2e, is an introduction to the principles of urban design theory and practice. Sustainability is the driving factor in urban regeneration and new urban development, and the new edition is focused on best sustainable design and practice. Public Places Urban Spaces is a must-have purchase for those on urban design courses and for professionals who want to update and refresh their knowledge.

The Historic Urban Landscape

This book offers an overview of the intellectual developments in urban conservation. Examples are drawn from urban heritage sites worldwide from Timbuktu to Liverpool to demonstrate key issues and best practice in urban conservation today.

Reference Works for Geography

Sage Knowledge

SAGE Knowledge hosts thousands of carefully selected titles by world-class authors and editors on hot topics across the social sciences. The platform also includes hundreds of reference titles, providing students with the perfect place to start their research.

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Geography

A collection of bibliographies on topics relevant to geography. Broad areas of coverage include: biogeography, cartography, climatology, cultural geography, economic geography, environmental geography, GIS, geographic methods, geomorphology, human geography, physical geography, political geography, and urban geography

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Encyclopedic Dictionary of Landscape and Urban Planning

This multilingual, encyclopedic dictionary in two volumes covers terms regularly used in landscape and urban planning, as well as environmental protection.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

This second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001,discusses history, current trends and future directions. Topics are cross-referenced with related topics and each article highlights further reading

The Dictionary of Human Geography

The Dictionary of Human Geography situates Human Geography within the humanities, social sciences and sciences as a whole Written by leading experts in the field Major entries not only describe the development of concepts, contributions and debates in Human Geography but also advance them

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography includes over 1,000 detailed entries on philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices, biographies of notable geographers, and geographical thought and praxis in different parts of the world. This groundbreaking project covers every field of human geography and the discipline's relationships to other disciplines, and is global in scope, involving an international set of contributors.