Photo of Brian ShortBrian Short
Emeritus Professor (Geography)


Brian Short's undergraduate teaching, before retirement, encompassed many human geography courses, but shortly before retirement he taught the first-year Human Geography introduction course, a second-year Historical Geographies course, and a special Geography option Rural change in Britain. He continues to supervise doctoral students, and has also continued as an internal examiner for DPhil and MPhil submissions.

Recently completed research student theses include:

  • Robert Barratt, 'Environmental perception of EBD children' (2000)
  • Jayne Kirk, 'The supply of timber and its uses in the Sussex Weald 1500-1800' (2002)
  • Will Pilfold, 'A critical biography of the public career of Sir L.D.Stamp' (funded by the Soddy Trust (2005)
  • Anthony Wakeford, 'A geographical analysis of 19th century railway development on the Coastal Plain in Sussex' (2006)
  • Kate Taylor 'from pre-productivism to productivism in East Sussex 1935-1950' (Univ. of Kingston, 2009)
  • Hilary Crowe, 'Agrarian change in the Lake District 1900-1950' (2009)
  • Rev Douglas Caffyn, 'River transport in England 1300-1600' (2011)
  •  Geoffrey Mead, 'The making of a Brighton suburb: Patcham' (2012)


Current research students are as follows:

  • Malcolm Lill, 'The Sheffield estate, Sussex, 1780-1910'
  • Maggie Weir-Wilson, 'The landscape history of St Leonards Forest, Sussex, 1750-1914'
  • Mary Beth Kitzel, 'Chasing Ancestors: Searching for the roots of American Sign Language in the Kentish Weald, 1620-1851'
  • Sharyn Hedge, 'The Weald of Sussex and the Blue mountains of Australia: Metropolis and frontier'


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