Staff Profile


Professor Peter Vujakovic

Emeritus Professor

School: Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences Faculty Office

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922460

Profile summary

Emeritus Professor of Geography, with research interests in heritage landscapes, cultural geography, cartography, geopolitics, and biogeography. I formerly taught across a range of human and environmental geography themes in the BA/BSc Geography and BSc Environmental Science degree programmes

I am involved in a range of initiatives linked to the university's sustainability and heritage agendas, with special interests in education for sustainable futures and biodiversity and heritage on campus. I co-chaired the university's Sustainable Heritage Working Group until early 2022.

I conceived and developed the university's 'Bioversity Initiative' - the creation of a unique 'sense of place' associated with Christ Church's location within the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site (St Augustine's Abbey) and the stewardship of its green spaces. The initiative includes the celebration of the father of English gardening, John Tradescant the Elder, who worked on the site from 1615 for nine years - I am also the editor and contributor to the Christ Church Heritage A -Z - please visit for an informative and entertaining introduction to Canterbury's heritage!

I am involved in sustainablity education at CCCU. I was the first Director of the 'Futures Initiative' - the university's project to embed sustainability in the total curriculum.

PhD, London (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College); BSc Newcastle.

Research and knowledge exchange

Cultural and heritage landscapes: Landscape studies/taskscapes; heritage sites & landscapes; cultural landscapes and biodiversity (including cemeteries; see recent publications). Currently working with Dr Ellie Williams (Archaeology) as the supervisory team for an Arts & Humanities Research Council Partnership Award PhD with MOLA (the Museum of London Archaeology)

Visual culture/representation (inc. historic and scientific reconstructions): images of plant life, animal life, prehistoric peoples in 'deep time'(see publications)

Cartography: Geopolitics and cartography; maps and national identity; news media cartography; disability mapping; world mapping and development education (see publications)

Biogeography and landscape ecology: Disturbance ecology, especially storm damage to woodland systems (see publications)

I am one of a team of three who have set up the Meaningful Maps project - a project researching children's ideas about their locality through maps. The aim of the project is to involve children from diverse backgrounds and geographical settings to find out what places matter to them.  The project is supported by the Geographical Association and Canterbury Christ Church University and endorsed by the British Cartographic Society. Meet the team at -

Teaching and subject expertise

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Special interests in education for sustainable futures, and heritage and biodiversity.

Undergraduate teaching (pre-retirement): Investigating Landscapes, Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, Geography and Geographers, Tenerife fieldcourse, Space Place and Politics, Regions of Risk.

I contribute to modules across CCCU as guest lecturer, including sessions to Archaeology, Policing, and Digital Humanities.

Postgraduate (continuing): PhD Supervisor in Geography, Archaeology and Tourism. Chair of PhD viva panels across all subjects.

External activities

British Cartographic Society (BCS); Associate Editor (and former Editor) of the BCS's Cartographic Journal. and former Chair of the BCS Publication Committee. Frequent contributor to Maplines, the magazine of the BCS, and the Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers (UK). Chair of the BCS Education Committee 2021-22.

I have been an expert contributor to The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World and The Times Concise Atlas of the World. I also contributed to the volume on twentieth century mapping, part of the major six volume History of Cartography project based at the University of Wisconsin -

I am a commissioning editor (with Dr Alex Kent) and author of several chapters for the Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography (published 2018); chapters included - The map as Spectacle, Maps and Identity (with Kent,A.) Cartography and the News, and Maps and Imagination. The handbook included contributions from a wide range of international contributors. 

Member of the Geographical Association (UK)

Member of the ICA (International Cartographic Association) Commissions on History of Cartography, Childre and Cartography and Education and Training

Member of the Roman Roads Research Association (RRRA)

Member of Caring for God's Acre - this is linked to my research interests in heriage, sustainability and burial grounds (see recent publications)

Publications and research outputs

Vujakovic, P. (in press), Lessons from the necropolis: disposal of the dead and sustainability as a complex intergenerational issue?  in: Stanmore, T. and Michalopoulou, E. (eds) Sustainability and complexity, Springer.

Vujakovic, P. (2021) Map as biography: maps, memory, and landscape – thoughts on Ordnance Survey map, Sheet TR04, 1:25,000 Provisional Edition, Ashford, International Journal of Cartography, 7(2),190-197

Vujakovic, P. (2021) Dark cartographies: the mapping of slow violence, in O’Lear, S (ed.) Geographies of Slow Violence:, Edward Elgar Press.pp.205-224.

Owens, P., Scoffham, S., Vujakovic, P. and Bass, A. (2020) Meaningful Maps, Primary Geography, 102,15-17.

Finn, L. and Vujakovic, P. (2020) Space Invaders: the holm oaks of Walmer Beach, City Trees, 57,32-37.

Vujakovic, P. (2019) Engagement with trees as Long-life learning for sustainability, in Consorte-Macrea, A. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Life on Land, Springer Reference.

Vujakovic, P. (2019) A Matter of Life and Death: Trees in city cemeteries and graveyards, City Trees, 56 (5),16-21.

Vujakovic, P. (2019) Battle of the Giants: plants versus animals in idealised landscapes of ‘deep-time’, Plants, People, Planet, New Phytologist Trust

Vujakovic, P. (2019) Knockout blow? Phytobiography revisited, City Trees, Jan-Feb., pp.25-31.

Vujakovic, P. (2019) World maps in a time of crisis, Teaching Geography, Autumn 2019, 101-104.

Vujakovic, P. (2018) The map is the story: the U-shaped line in western news media coverage of the geopolitics of the South China Sea, International Journal of Cartography,

Vujakovic , P. (2018) Prehistoric ‘Taskscapes’: Representing Gender, Age and the Geography of Work, Visual Culture in Britain, 19(2),255-278.

Vujakovic, P. (2018) Necropolis mapped: geography, education and the cartography of cemeteries. Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers, 53,25-34.

Vujakovic, P.(2018) Phytobiography: an approach to ‘tree-time’ & ‘long-life learning’, The Bark, 2 (2),17-23.

Kent, A. & Vujakovic, P. (eds) (2018) Routledge Handbook of mapping and Cartography, Routledge.


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