David Robinson

Welcome to Professor David Robinson as new Head of Department

The Department of Geography is delighted to announce Professor David Robinson as its incoming Head of Department.

David joined the department in September 2016, from the Sheffield Hallam policy research institute, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, where he was the Director.

A geographer by training, David completed his PhD on housing policy and homelessness at the University of Edinburgh before postdoctoral research at the University of Loughborough. He has a strong track record of securing funding from research councils, charitable organisations and government bodies for his policy oriented research, which focuses on the challenge of inequalities in urban society and to critical analyses of responses in policy and practice.

Earlier this year, he was awarded the John Stewart Prize for the best paper published in Local Government Studies. His award-winning article, Community Resilience: a Policy Tool for Local Government?, can be accessed here.

At the University of Sheffield, David is a co-I for the ESRC funded Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) which will inform policies aimed at tackling housing problems at a national, devolved, regional, and local level. Alongside his leadership duties as Head of Department, he will remain involved in teaching and supervision with students at all levels of study.

Professor John Flint, outgoing Head of Department, commented:

It has been a privilege to be interim Head of Geography and to work with colleagues in the department. In the last year we have continued to produce world-leading research and secure prestigious new research grants, while our scholarship and impact activities have been recognized by major awards and prizes.

I am particularly pleased that the excellence of our teaching and students' achievements have been recognized in the recent Royal Geographical Society accreditation of our undergraduate degree programmes.

I know that David will be an excellent Head and I am certain that the department will go from strength to strength under his leadership.

David Robinson said:

I feel privileged to be taking over as Head of Department. Since I arrived here in 2016 I have found Geography at Sheffield to be a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment.

Geographers here at Sheffield are at the cutting edge of efforts to work together to understand and tackle many of the big issues confronting society - from climate change and natural hazards through to the housing crisis. Through our research we are leading academic and policy debates and delivering stimulating and contemporary courses to a committed groups of students from a diversity of backgrounds.

Under John Flint’s leadership the department has positioned itself to grow and move forward in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. I know that the department will continue to play a strong and growing role within the discipline and contribute to key debates in society, whilst equipping the next generation of graduates with a unique set of skills and knowledge that geographers take into range of careers. I look forward to working with colleagues, students and our wider partners over the next four years.