Dr Peter Martin

Department name
Department of Geography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working at the Scott Polar Research Institute which is part of the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

My academic career began at the University of Glasgow, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography and my masters degree in Human Geography. I then moved to the University of Oxford to carry out my PhD research which involved collaborating with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) to study the historical geographies of Arctic exploration at the end of the nineteenth century. 

I am interested in the historical geographies of exploration more broadly and my research studies the ways in which explorers have historically played crucial roles in shaping our understandings of the world. My work is influenced by a number of different literatures including critical exploration studies, histories of science, postcolonial studies and intellectual history.

In my role as Bye-Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, I supervise the first-year undergraduate geographers and introduce them to the key concepts, theories and methods within human geography.