Professor Gill Valentine

Professor Gill Valentine

Room number: E12
Telephone (internal): 29787
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 9780
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 9780


Research Interests: Diversity and Social Inclusion; Childhood, Parenting and Family Life; Urban Cultures and Consumption

Gill Valentine’s research is focused in three interconnected areas: diversity and social inclusion; childhood and family life; and urban cultures and consumption. Her research has been supported by the award of 15 research grants (value of >£5 million) from European Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust, as well as research contracts from Government Departments (including: Department for Education and Skills, Department for Work and Pensions) and Non Governmental Organisations (e.g. Gambling Commission, and Citizens Advice Bureau).

Gill has extensive experience of using innovative methodological tools (e.g. audio-diaries, a Big Brother diary room format and public art) and working with hard-to reach groups and with interpreters. She recently completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council comparative research project about intergenerational justice in three contrasting national contexts (China, Uganda, and the UK) which involved the active collaboration of partners from the creative sector (see here). Prior to that Gill led a European Research Council Advanced Investigator award research programme Living with Difference in Europe: Making Communities out of Strangers in an Era of Super Mobility and Super Diversity which involved research in the UK and Poland. She has also conducted international comparative research between UK and Denmark for the ESRC Post-conflict identities project and undertaken research in South Africa, Uganda, USA and UK as part of a social topographic study of a global faith network funded by the AHRC/ESRC.

Gill has (co)authored/edited 17 books and over 150 refereed journal articles. Her research has been recognised by the award of the prestigious Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographies Murchison Award for her work on the geography of difference, equality and diversity and the RGS/IBG Gill Memorial Award for contributions to Geography and gender, as well as a Philip Leverhulme prize for high achieving scholars and a Sage prize for innovation and excellence. Gill is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. For further details of Gill’s research projects and publications please see the links to the right.


Gill has taught at all levels and in a wide range of formats including: lectures, tutorials, practicals, workshops, team project groups, and field classes. She was the founder and original director of the MA in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Sheffield. Gill has (co)authored/co-edited a number of textbooks (e.g. Social Geographies, Key Concepts in Geography, Key Methods in Geography, Key Thinkers on Space and Place, Key Texts in Geography, Approaches to Human Geography) as well as publishing teaching articles in Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Geography. For further details please see the publications link to the right. Gill currently has a senior management role in the University as the Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor and is not therefore available to teaching undergraduates this year.

Key Publications

Diprose K, Vanderbeck RM, Valentine G, Liu C, McQuaid K. (2019 in press) Building common cause towards sustainable consumption: Sustainability and consumption values in cross-generational perspective. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

Valentine G. and Harris C. (2016) Encounters and (in)tolerance: perceptions of legality and the regulation of space, Social and Cultural Geography 17: 913-932.

Mayblin L., Piekut A., Valentine G. (2016) ‘Other’ posts in ‘other’ places: Poland through a Postcolonial lens? Sociology 50: 60-76

Valentine, G., Winisarka, A., Jackson, L., Harris, C. and Piekut, A. (2015) Mapping the meaning of ‘difference’: a social topography of prejudice, Ethnicities 15: 568-585.

Valentine, G, Jayne, M. and Gould M (2012) ‘Do as I say, not as I do’: family life and the transmission of drinking cultures Environment and Planning A 44: 776-792.

Other Information

Gill Valentine was a co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social & Cultural Geography (2000-08), co-editor of Gender, Place and Culture (1999-2004) and an original commissioning editor of the book series Key Ideas published by Taylor Francis. She currently serves on the editorial boards of two international journals: Children’s Geographies, and Geography Compass. Gill is a member of the ESRC’s Strategic Advisory Group, and was a member of the ESRC’s Steering Committee for the International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography. She was appointed by the ESRC to evaluate two of its interdisciplinary investments: the Cultures of Consumption Research Programme and the Gender Equality Network, and has also been a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Research Programme Advisory Group the Philip Leverhulme Prize awards panel and has served in a number of international advisory roles including, for example, as a member of a Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU) research assessment committee and as an external assessor for the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal.

Postgraduate Supervision

Gill Valentine has supervised over 20 postgraduate students, funded from a variety of sources, and has examined over 30 PhD students from five different countries.