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Research Interests

My research uses geospatial technologies and mixed method approaches to analyse and interpret early source material.  My current focus is on the Leverhulme funded project, Mapping Lineages, in which I am assessing connections between early maps of the British Isles. I am also pursuing my research interests on early modern maps of Ireland and the interaction between people and landscape through early sources.

I am currently a J.B. Harley Fellow in the History of Cartography.

I am keen to hear from anyone interested in collaborating on projects related to the historical geography of the early modern, and the digital and spatial humanities.



Awarded the J B Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography (2019-2020)



GGY1011 - Human Geographies of the Modern World

GGY1012 - Spaces of Development

GGY2002 - Landscape and GIS

GGY2053 - Maps and Mappings

GGY3060 - Advanced Geographical Information Systems



PhD Geography (Queen's University Belfast)

PgDip GIS (Ulster University)

BSc (hons) Geography (Ulster University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)




2019-2020: £2000 from J.B. Harley Trust for the project 'The making of the maps: new ways of assessing how early surveyors mapped Plantation Ireland'


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Research Output

  • 10 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    Scholarship in a Digital Environment: Geographies of the Republic of Letters

    Gregory, I. N., Tessier, A., Urbanek, V., Whelan, R., Grover, C., Martins, B., Moreau, Y., Murrieta-Flores, P. & Porter, C., May 2019, Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age: Standards, Systems, Scholarship (ISCH COST Action IS1310). Hotson, H. & Wallnig, T. (eds.). Gottingen University Press, p. 315 332 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
  • Cartographic connections – the digital analysis and curation of sixteenth-century maps of Great Britain and Ireland

    Porter, C., Lilley, K., Lloyd, C., McDermott, S. & Milligan, R., Apr 2018, Proceedings 13th ICA Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage International Cartographic Association, Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital: Madrid, 18-20 April 2018. Boutoura, C. & Tsorlini, A. (eds.). International Cartographic Association, p. 179-190 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Space and time in 100 million words: health and disease in a nineteenth-century newspaper

    Porter, C., Atkinson, P. & Gregory, I. N., Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. 12, 2, p. 196-216 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    138 Downloads (Pure)


    British Library Labs Awards (2015): Research category Award winning project

    Porter, Catherine (Recipient), Paul Atkinson (Recipient), Ian Norman Gregory (Recipient), Andrew Hardie (Recipient), Amelia Joulain-Jay (Recipient), Daniel Kershaw (Recipient) & Paul Rayson (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • J B Harley Research Fellow

    Porter, Catherine (Recipient), Mar 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    • 7 Participation in conference
    • 3 Publication peer-review
    • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Mapping da Vinci

    Catherine Porter (Invited speaker)

    06 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Purpose and Portrayal: A Series of Illustrated Talks

    Catherine Porter (Advisor)

    05 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    17th International Conference of Historical Geographers

    Catherine Porter (Participant)

    15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Library Seminar Series 2018

    Catherine Porter (Invited speaker)

    29 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Journal of Maps (Journal)

    Catherine Porter (Peer reviewer)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Press / Media

    A Surrealist's Map of Ireland

    Catherine Porter


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    Mapping spaces: towards a quantitative methodology for exploring maps and mapping in early modern Ireland, c.1530-1610

    Author: Porter, C., 2014

    Supervisor: Lilley, K. (Supervisor) & Ell, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy