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My research interests fall within the following two themes:    
  • Historical geographies of ideas
  • History of geographical knowledge


Research Statement

My research interests include the cultural history and geography of the life and earth sciences, with a particular emphasis on religious responses to scientific developments in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My earliest work examined the reception of glacial theory in Victorian Edinburgh, investigated the historical geographies of Scottish natural history societies in the period 1831-1900 and, with Charles Withers and Rebekah Higgitt, explored the role of geography in the work of the British Association for the Advancement of Science from 1831 – c.1933. My book on natural history societies in Victorian Scotland was published by Pickering & Chatto in 2009 and was awarded the Frank Watson Book Prize for Scottish History in 2011. In 2014, I completed a two-year AHRC-funded project on science in nineteenth-century Belfast. I have also written about the metaphysical works of the geologist James Croll and the reception of ideas about human evolution in the context of religious debates about the creation of Eve. More recent work has centred on public speech as a situated mode of interaction between science and culture in the nineteenth century. A monograph on this subject examining the lecture tours of five British celebrity scientists in Gilded Age America is nearing completion. With Professor David N. Livingstone, I have just embarked on a 27 month project investigating debates about evolution and theology in the early twentieth century. This is part of a larger John Templeton Foundation-funded project on conjunctive explanations in science and religion (CESAR).   


GGY1011 Human Geographies of the Modern World

GGY1012 Spaces of Development

GGY2055 Research Design and Professional Development

GGY2056 Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry

GGY3066 Geography, Science and Society

GGY3081 Dissertation

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 7

Finnegan, D. (ed.), Jackson, R. (ed.) & Kaaland, N. (ed.), 31 Jan 2019, (Accepted) University of Pittsburgh Press. 400 p. (The Correspondence of John Tyndall)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Crozier’s penguin: an object history of maritime and museum science

Finnegan, D., 21 Apr 2018, In : Endeavour . 42, 1, p. 42-47 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Science museum

Review: Heike Jons, Peter Meusburger and Michael Heffernan (eds) Mobilities of Knowledge

Finnegan, D., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Historical Geography. 59, p. 108-109

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Rocks, skulls and materialism: geology and phrenology in late-Georgian Belfast

Wright, J. J. & Finnegan, D. A., 20 Mar 2018, In : Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 72, 1, p. 25-55 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
nineteenth century

Activities 2003 2019

Centaurus (Journal)

Diarmid Finnegan (Peer reviewer)
18 Jun 2019

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

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (Journal)

Diarmid Finnegan (Peer reviewer)
21 Jan 2019

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

Geography Compass (Journal)

Diarmid Finnegan (Peer reviewer)
01 May 2019

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

PhD Examination

Diarmid Finnegan (Examiner)
06 Mar 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Conference of Irish Geographers

Diarmid Finnegan (Participant)
10 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

‘Men of Rock: the Big Freeze’, BBC 2

Diarmid Finnegan


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Sunday Sequence, BBC Radio Ulster

Diarmid Finnegan


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


The Victoria Institute 1865-1932: A Case Study in the Relationship between Science and Religion

Author: Mathieson, S., Sep 2018

Supervisor: Holmes, A. (Supervisor) & Finnegan, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy