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Professor Peter Vujakovic

Professor of Geography

School: Sports Sciences, Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922460

Profile summary

I am Professor of Geography, with research and teaching interests in cultural geography, cartography, geopolitics, and biogeography. I teach 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 agenda, with special interests in education for sustainable futures and biodiversity on campus. I am a member of the university's Strategic Sustainability Management Group.

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 - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/news-centre/press-releases/2016/cccu-celebrates-the-father-of-gardening.aspx. I am also the editor and contributor to the Christ Church Heritage A -Z - please visit for an informative and entertaining introdction to Canterbury's heritage! https://medium.com/the-christ-church-heritage-a-to-z

I am involved in developing sustainablity education at CCCU. I was the first Director of the 'Futures Initiative' - the university's project to embed sustainability in the total curriculum (see our latest report - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/docs/sustainability/Futures-Initiative-report-2016.pdf) and I am Chair of the Faculty of Social and Applied Science's Education for Sustainable Futures (ESF) Committee.

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

Research and knowledge exchange

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)

Cultural landscapes: Landscape preference studies; culturual landscapes and biodiversity (including cemeteries; see recent publications)

Scientific reconstructions (biogeographies of' deep time'): images of plant life, animal life, prehistoric peoples (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 - http://meaningfulmaps.org/about/

Teaching and subject expertise

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

Undergraduate teaching: Investigating Landscapes, Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, Geography and Geographers, Tenerife fieldcourse, Space Place and Politics.

Postgraduate: PhD Supervisor in Geography, and Chair of PhD panels in Geography, Life Sciences, Politics, Tourism and Archaeology.

University and Faculty level activities: Co-chair of the University's Professoriate to 2018. Chair of the University's Biodiversity Working Group and member of the university's Strategic Sustainability Management Group. Chair of the Faculty Education for Sustainable Futures (ESF) Committee and member of the university's ESF Committee.

External activities

Member of the ICA (International Cartographic Association) Commission on the History of Cartography.

British Cartographic Society (BCS); Associate Editor and former Editor-in-chief of the BCS's Cartographic Journal. http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ycaj20 and former Chair of the BCS Publication Committee. Frequent contributor to Maplines, the magazine of the BCS, and the Bulletin of the Sopciety of Cartogaphers (UK).

I am 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 - https://www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/.

I was a commissioning editor (with Dr Alex Kent) and author of several chapters for the Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography (published 2018). The handbook included contributions from a wide range of international contributors. 

In 2017, I authored a twelve part (monthly) series on the Kentish Stour, its landscapes, history and natural history from source to sea, for Kent Live magazine. This was a follow up to the 'Heart of Kent' series which I organised and part-wrote for Kent Life in 2016; that series celebrated International Map Year, with each article baased on a specific map and landscape theme (e.g. parklands, geology, placenames).

Publications and research outputs

Recent  publications

Vujakovic, P. (2019) Battle of the Giants: plants versus animals in idealised landscapes of ‘deep-time’, People, Plants, Planet, New Phytologist Trust. Read on-line https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ppp3.10058 

Vujakovic, P. (in press) 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) Knockout blow? Phytobiography revisited, City Trees: Journal of the Society of Municipal Arborists (US) Jan-Feb., pp.25-31.


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, doi.org/10.1080/23729333.2018.1541581


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, vol. 53. 25-34.


Vujakovic, P. (2018) Phytobiography: an approach to ‘tree-time’ & ‘long-life learning’, The Bark (Arboriculture Australia) 2 (2), 17-23(Reprint of peer review research article in Arboricultural Journal, 35(2), 134-146).


Vujakovic, P., Owens, P. and Scoffham, S. (2018), Meaningful Maps: What Can We Learn About ‘Sense Of Place’ From Maps Produced By Children? Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers, 51, 9-20


Kent, A. and Vujakovic, P. (eds) (2018) The Routledge Handbook of mapping and Cartography, London: Routledge, uncluding the following chaapters: Vujakovic, P. (2018) The map as Spectacle, in:  pp.101-113; Kent, A. and Vujakovic, P. (2018) Maps and Identity, pp. 413-426. Vujakovic, P. (2018) Cartography and the News,   pp.462-474; Vujakovic, P. (2018) Maps and Imagination, pp.489-499.


Vujakovic, P. and Hills, J. (2017) Total Immersion: maps, landscape and memory, Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers, 50, 37-43.

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