Conference of Irish Geographers, 16-18 May 2013
About our Keynote Speakers

David Harvey

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and author of numerous books which have been widely translated. A leading social theorist of international standing, he is among the top 20 most cited authors in the humanities.

Professor Harvey, a leading theorist in the field of urban studies, whom Library Journal called “one of the most influential geographers of the later twentieth century,” earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and was formerly professor of geography at Johns Hopkins, a Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford. His reflections on the importance of space and place and on global capitalism have attracted considerable attention across the humanities and social sciences. His highly influential books include The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism; Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom; Spaces of Global Capitalism; A Brief History of Neoliberalism; The New Imperialism; Paris, Capital of Modernity; Social Justice and the City; Limits to Capital; The Urbanization of Capital; The Condition of Postmodernity; Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference; Spaces of Hope; and Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. His numerous awards include the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers and the 2002 Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his “outstanding contribution to the field of geographical enquiry and to anthropology.” He holds honorary degrees from the universities of Buenos Aires, Roskilde in Denmark, Uppsala in Sweden, and Ohio State University.


Douglas J. Sherman

Douglas Sherman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama (since 2011) where he moved after being Head of the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University from 2001. Prior to that appointment he was on the faculty of the Department of Geography at the University of Southern California for eighteen years. During that time he was Chair of the Department (three years) and Director of the USC Sea Grant Program (six years). He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1983, and was a postdoctoral scholar in the Ocean Engineering Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Sherman’s research interests are in coastal and aeolian geomorphology and sedimentation. He has published more than one hundred scholarly articles, and recently edited a volume of the Treatise on Geomorphology on Coastal Geomorphology and co-edited another Treatise volume on Aeolian Geomorphology. Much of his recent research involves human impacts on coastal sedimentation, hydrodynamics in the vicinity of coastal structures, and the physics of sediment transport.

He has held visiting positions at the Queen's University of Belfast, Universities of Auckland and Sydney, the Australian Defence Force Academy, University College, Cork, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Minho. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently a member of the AAAS Committee for Geology and Geography, and he is past Chair of the Commission on Coastal Systems of the International Geographical Union. He has twice been a Fulbright Senior Scholar. His research has been supported by NSF, NOAA, Sea Grant, National Geographic Society, National Park Service, California Department of Boating and Waterways, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Texas Advanced Research Program.