Department of Geography

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Prof Alan Lester

Post:Professor of Historical Geography (Geography, Cultural Studies, International Development)
Location:ARTS C C119

Telephone numbers
Internal:8473 or 7238
UK:01273 678473 or 01273 877238
International:+44 1273 678473 or +44 1273 877238

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Alan Lester's first degree was from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the University of London. He has been at the University of Sussex since 2000, becoming Professor of Historical Geography in 2006 and the University's first Deputy PVC (Interdisciplinary Research). He has held visiting lectureships at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury and an inaugural fellowship in humanities at La Trobe University. He is also Research Professor (Historical Studies) at La Trobe.


Alan Lester is Professor of Historical Geography. He also holds a Research Professorship in Historical Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Community and Business

I have facilitated projects in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kew Gardens, the British Library, the National History Museum, the Met Office, Charleston: The Bloomsbury Home of Art and Ideas and various humanitarian and global health-oriented NGOs. As Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor I engaged in a wide range of such collaborations.

In my own research I have been International Partner on the Australian Research Council funded project, 'Minutes of Evidence', based at the University of Melbourne. Working with a number of state and Aboriginal organisations, this has seen a performance of the play Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country in a number of venues including the Sydney Opera House. The play is a verbatim re-enactment of a nineteenth century colonial commission of inquiry into an Aboriginal reserve and it lays at the heart of new teaching materials and approaches in Victoria. In my Leverhulme funded research project Snapshots of Empire: Governing Everywhere and All at Once, I have worked with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The National Archives and the British Library.