Dr. Mark Toogood

Reader in Historical Geography

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM106

+44 (0) 1772 89 3528


Subject Areas: Geography

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Full Profile

Dr Toogood's research interests currently focus on the following: a) historical geographies of science, the environment, the state and society; b) the history and effects of science in East Africa; and, more broadly, c) the relationships between expertise, lay knowledge and non-humans.


  • BSc (Hons), Geography, first class, University of London, 1991.
  • PhD, Geography, Lancaster University, 1996.

Research Projects

  • Women and Freshwater Science, 1925-1975, 2018-
  • The West Highland Survey, 1944-1957: Landscape, Science and the State. Funded by the British Academy, 2013-2015.
  • Preston Bus Station: Place, Heritage and Resistance. Funded by Manchester Geographical Society, 2013 (with Dr Hannah Neate).
  • Open Air Laboratories (OPAL): Public engagement with science. Funded by the BIG lottery Fund, 2007-2014


Waterton, C., Toogood, M. and Heim, W. (2020) Women in freshwater Science – invisible histories? Marine and Freshwater Science https://doi.org/10.1071/MF18462

Toogood, M., Waterton, C., and Heim, W. (2020) Women scientists and the Freshwater Biological Association, 1929-1950. Archives of Natural History, 47, 1.

Toogood, M.  (2017) Ecology and rehabilitation: The West Highland Survey, 1944-1955, in: R. de Bont and J. Lachmund, Eds, Spatializing the History of Ecology: Sites, Journeys, Mappings. Routledge, New York, 99-118.

Toogood, Mark  (2011) Modern observations: new ornithology and the science of ourselves, 1920e1940. Journal of Historical Geography, 37 (3). pp. 348-357.

Toogood, Mark (2008) Beyond ‘the toad beneath the harrow’: geographies of ecological science, 1959–1965. Journal of Historical Geography, 34 (1). pp. 118-137.

More publications


  • Historical Geography
  • Public Engagement with Science
  • Society and Space


  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of 4S - Society for Social Studies of Science.
  • Member of the British Society for the History of Science.

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University