Staff Profile


Dr Julia Maxted

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922263

Profile summary

Dr Julia Maxted is an Urban, Social and Development Geographer and teaches on a range of modules including Regions of Risk: Human and Environmental Security, Cities, Society, Economy and Space, Contemporary Human Geography and a number of other team taught modules.

Her training in Geography began at Priory School, Lewes and continued at the University of Oxford, where she gained a First Class undergraduate degree from St Catherine's College, Oxford and a D. Phil from Nuffield College, Oxford.  Prior to joining Canterbury Christ Church University, Julia was Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Pretoria. Other previous positions include College Lecturer in Human Geography at St Catherine's College, Oxford, Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick and Research Specialist (Economic and Social Analysis) at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. She has been a Visiting Fellow at St Catherine's College, Oxford and Visiting Professor and Distinguished Visitor at Haverford College, and a Visiting Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Research and knowledge exchange

Research interests: Comparative perspectives on race, culture and social identities (Africa, North America and Europe); migration, neighbourhood dynamics and social cohesion, minority rights and political organisation and place-based identities. 

Research projects: West, North and the Horn of Africa for The World Directory of Minorities (Minority Rights Group International), Children in Armed Conflict in Africa (United Nations University, Governments of Sweden and Norway), Youth Identity and Culture in Multi-racial Societies (World Bank), Economic Restructuring and Labour Market Discrimination (Economic and Social Research Council), Race and Class in a Transforming Metropolis: Los Angeles (SSRC), Environmental Security in the Horn of Africa (United Nations Environment Programme) and Public Works and Poverty Alleviation in South Africa (South African Government)

Current research projects: Neighbourhoods, Ethnic Diversity and Social Integration; Landscape,Identity and Literature. 

Editorships/Advisory Board Membership 

1998 - present 1994: International Advisory Board,  Journal of Developing Societies (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers)

1998 – 2012: Book Series Editor, Race and Representation, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers)

Teaching and subject expertise

Julia currently leads six modules: Regions of Risk: Human and Environmental Security (Levels 5 and 6) Cities: Society, Economy and Space (L6),  Fieldwork Investigation in Geography (L5 Malta fieldtrip), Independent Geographical Study (L6), Contemporary Human Geography (L4) and teaches research project design and methods in Geographical Investigation and Research ( L5). Julia co-leads the extra-curricular fieldtrip to Iceland with Dr. Naomi Rintoul, focusing on sustainable development. 

Professional body and network membership 

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)

American Association of Geographers (including the Africa Speciality Group and Race, Ethnicity and Place network)

National Association for Ethnic Studies (USA) 

External activities

Editor, Edward Thomas Fellowship Newsletter (containing news items, announcements and substantial articles relating to the life, writings, associates and subsequent influence of Edward Thomas)

Committee Member of the Edward Thomas Fellowship

Publications and research outputs

Selected publications

' Dynamics of Diversity: ethnic residential geographies in selected English cities' submitted to Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie

The Human Atlas of Europe: A Continent United in Diversity' The Cartographic Journal  Vol. 55, Issue 2 (2018) Book review. 

‘Africa’ in The State of the World’s Minorities London: Minority Rights Group International (2006)

‘Child Soldiers and the International Criminal Court” in From Sovereign Impunity to International Accountability: The Search for Justice in a World of States (ed.) Thakur, R. and P. Malcontent (2004)

‘Rural Households and Environmental Resources in South Africa’ in Globalization and Post-Apartheid South Africa. (ed.) Zegeye, A, Harris, R. and P. Lauderdale (2005)

‘Human Stability and Conflict in the Horn of Africa’ in Goucha and Cilliers (2001) Peace, Human Security and Conflict Prevention in Africa 

‘The Impact of War on Women and Minorities in Somalia’ in Terror and Crisis in the Horn of Africa (ed) Toggia,P., Zegeye, A. and P. Lauderdale

'State Disintegration and Human Rights in Africa: Liberia and Somalia’, in Lauderdale, P. and R. Amster (1997) Lives in the Balance: Perspectives on Global Injustice and Inequality 

‘North, West and the Horn of Africa’ in the World Directory of Minorities (1997) Minority Rights Group International 

‘Race, Class and Polarisation in Los Angeles’ in Harris, Zegeye,and Maxted (1991) Exploitation and Exclusion: Patterns of Race and Class in in Twentieth Century U. S. Society 

‘Immigration and Ethnicity’ (with Peach, C and J. Chance) in Halsey, A.H. (1988) British Social Trends Since 1900 

Exploitation and Exclusion: Patterns of Race and Class in in Twentieth Century U. S. Society (1991) (Edited with L. Harris and A.Zegeye).

Amulets and Dreams: Youth, War and Change in Africa (2002) (text: photos by Omar Badsha and Guy Tillum.

Our Dream Deferred: The Poor in South Africa (2003) (with A. Zegeye).


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