International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

A 12-Volume Set


  • Rob Kitchin, Director of NIRSA, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography provides an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the discipline of human geography and its constituent, and related, subject areas. The encyclopedia 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. Given its broad, inclusive scope and unique online accessibility, it is anticipated that the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography will become the major reference work for the discipline over the coming decades.The Encyclopedia will be available in both limited edition print and online via ScienceDirect ? featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit
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Readers will include undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, teachers and lecturers, and professionals. Given the multidisciplinary nature of human geography and the so-called spatial turn across the social sciences and humanities, the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography will also provide an invaluable source of information for scholars and students outside the discipline.


Book information

  • Published:
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-044911-1


"[The encyclopedia] strives to live up to its name with 844 contributors representing over 40 countries…, it covers both theoretical and applied aspects. At the same time , it is slated to reflect the changing nature of the discipline itself. Future plans for this resource to be continually updated to trace developing scholarship. By retaining all entries, the encyclopedia will become a record of the course of the discipline itself… Given its scope and overall coverage, and its projected ever-current status (as of the next edition), this is a groundbreaking project that will be the standard for the field-potentially for generations… Highly recommended."--CHOICE  The review also includes mention of the various search capabilities available on ScienceDirect.

Table of Contents

Cartography - Jeremy Crampton, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USADevelopment - Katie Willis; Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UKEconomic Geography - Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore, SingaporeGeneral - James Sidaway, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UKHealth/Medical - Robin Kearns, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New ZealandHistorical Geography - Brian Graham, University of Ulster, N. Ireland, UKMethods - Mei-Po Kwan, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA & Sara McLafferty, University of Illinois Urbana, IL, USAOverview ? Nigel Thrift and Rob KitchinPeople - Phil Hubbard, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UKPhilosophy - Chris Philo, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UKPolitical Geography - Anssi Passi, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, Oulu, FinlandRegional Development - Costis Hadjimichalis, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece Rural, Nature/Environment - Paul Cloke, University of Exeter, Exeter, UKSocial & Cultural Geography - Kay Anderson, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia & Rob Kitchin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare, IrelandUrban Geography - Loretta Lees, King's College London, London, UK