Dr Briony McDonagh

Senior Lecturer in Geography

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment


Briony McDonagh is a historical geographer based at the University of Hull. She has published widely on the medieval and early modern British landscape, on women’s histories and on the historical geographies of enclosure, property, protest and the law. Her book, Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), won the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize and Women’s History Network Book Prize. She is co-editor of Remembering Protest in Britain since 1500 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018) and Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017). She is Chair of the Historical Geography Research Group, co-editor of Historical Geography (University of Nebraska Press) and 2019 President of the British Science Association’s Geography Section.


Remembering protest in Britain since 1500: Memory, materiality and the landscape

C. J. Griffin, & B. McDonagh (Eds.), (2018). Remembering protest in Britain since 1500: Memory, materiality and the landscape. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-74243-4

Hull : Culture, History, Place

(2017). Hull : Culture, History, Place

Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830

McDonagh, B. (2017). Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal Article

Feminist historical geographies: Doing and being

McDonagh, B. (2019). Feminist historical geographies: Doing and being. Gender, Place and Culture, 25(11), 1563-1578.

Turf wars : conflict and cooperation in the management of Wallingfen (East Yorkshire), 1281-1781

Crouch, D., & McDonagh, B. (2016). Turf wars : conflict and cooperation in the management of Wallingfen (East Yorkshire), 1281-1781. The Agricultural history review, 64(2), 133-156

Postgraduate supervision

Briony welcomes enquiries from potential students (PhD and Masters) wishing to work on projects on the following themes (broadly interpreted).

- Women histories and historical geographies

- Historical geographies of the British landscape, including projects on country houses, gardens and parks; enclosure, improvement and agricultural change; rural and urban landscapes, 1450 onwards

- The geographies of protest, resistance and the law (in both historic and contemporary contexts)

- Environmental histories in Britain, the former British Empire and beyond

- Heritage issues

Completed PhDs

- Helen Bergin, The man, the sea and the ice. Captain William Colbeck's Antarctic story (1898-1904), vivaed September 2017 and passed subject to minor revisions

- Charlotte Garside, Women in Chancery: an analysis of chancery as a women's court of redress in late 17th-century England

- Kalliopi Kaparounaki, Caring children in Malawi: children's work within families affected by illness and disability

Current PhD supervisions

- Sarah Shields, Maid, wife, widow: women's life-course and property ownership, 1550-1800

- Helen Manning, Women, property and the law: mapping sexual inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974

- Stormm Buxton-Hill, The impact of women on family dynastic ambitions and legal change in England, 1550-1800

- Ruth Quinn, Agricultural heritage of Saltaire

- Catherine Goddard, Heritage interpretation and visitor experience at historic homes in the East Midlands, with a focus on women's history

- Lizzie Rogers, Women and the World: Explorers from the Home during the Enlightenment in Britain

- Alice Whiteoak, Walking the world: Emotions, place and memory in English court records, 1400-1800

- Jazmin Scarlett, The development of co-volcanic societies: the reciprocal relationships between the volcano La Soufrière and the society of St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles, 1718-1979