Staff Profile


Professor Peter Vujakovic

Professor of Geography

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922460

Profile summary

Peter is Professor of Geography and co-Chair of the University's Professoriate, with research and teaching interests in cartography, geopolitics, biogeography.

Peter is 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. Peter is a member of the university's Strategic Sustainability Management Group.

Peter 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 -

Peter was the first Director of the 'Futures Initiative' - the university's project to embed sustainability in the total curriculum (see our latest report - and is Chair of the Faculty of Social and Applied Science's Education for Sustainable Futures (ESF) Committee.

Research and knowledge exchange

Cartography: Geopolitics and cartography; maps and national identity; news media cartography; disability mapping; world mapping and development education.

Biogeography and landscape ecology: Disturbance ecology, especially storm damage to woodland systems.

Cultural landscapes: Landscape preference studies; culturual landscapes and biodiversity.

Peter is 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 biodiversity.

Undergraduate teaching: Investigaating Landscapes, Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, Geography and Geographers, Malta 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. 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

In 2017, Peter authored a twelve part (monthly) series on the Kentish Stour, its landscapes, history and naturaal history from source to sea, for Kent Live magazine. This was a follow up to the 'Heart of Kent' series which he 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).

British Cartographic Society (BCS); Associate Editor and former Editor-in-chief of the BCS's Cartographic Journal. and former Chair of the BCS Publication Committee. Frequent contributor to Maplines, the magazine of the BCS.

Peter is a commissioning editor (with Dr Alex Kent) and author of several chapters for the Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography (published 2018). He is an expert contributor to The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World and The Times Concise Atlas of the World. Peter 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 -

Publications and research outputs

Recent selected publications

Vujakovic, P. and Kent, A. (2018) The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, commissioning editor. Includes the following chapters:

Vujakovic, P. Living in a Map-Immersed World: Cartography and the News.

Vujakovic, P. and Kent, A. Maps and national identity.

Vujakovic, P. Maps and Imagination.

Vujakovic, P. and Kent, A. "All the world's a stage": map as spectacle.

Scoffham, S., Barnes, J., Vujakovic, P., and Owens, P. (2017) Inside, outside and beyond the classroom, in: Scoffham, S. (ed.) (2017) Teaching Geography Creatively, Routledge: London, 205-221

Vujakovic, P. (2016) 'The power of maps', in The Times Concise Atlas of the World, 13th Edition, Times Books: London.

Vujakovic, P.(2015) ‘Eurocentrism’, ‘Sense of place and the map’, ‘Maps in political cartoons’, ‘Mapping for disability access’, in The History of Cartography (Vol. 6), University of Chicago Press.

Vujakovic, P.(2014) Mapping the Octopus, Maplines-winter,10-11..

Vujakovic, P.(2014) ‘The state as a ‘power container’: the role of news media cartography in contemporary geopolitical discourse, Cartographic Journal, 51(1),11-24.

Vujakovic, P., Hills, J., and Kent, A.(2014) Turning the tide? Visitor maps and the place branding of coastal towns in Kent and East Sussex., Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers, 47(1),37-42.

Recent selected presentations:

Vujakovic, P. A Contested Geography: China's U-shaped line, a case study of cartographic ambiguity, British Cartographic Society Symposium (with SoC), Sept. 2016. 

Vujakovic, P. 'Viral memes' and 'hopeful monsters': Evolving narratives of gender politics, political economy, and political ecology in representations of prehistoric societies, European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), Life History and Biographic Research Network, Canterbury, March 2016

Vujakovic, P. "All the world's a stage" – Maps as spectacle in journalistic reporting of theatres of war and threat discourse in the twentieth century. International History of Cartography Conference, Antwerp, July 2015.


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