Dr Ruth Slatter

Lecturer in Human Geography / Deputy Director of Admissions (Human Geography)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Environmental Sciences


01482 463456

Ruth Slatter is a historical and cultural geographer whose research and teaching draw on her interdisciplinary academic background.

She has a BA in the History of Art from the University of Oxford, a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, and a PhD in Human Geography from UCL.

Ruth's research is interested in individuals’ everyday experiences of institutional spaces, particularly 19th-century churches and international exhibitions, and what their material culture reveals about how they were used and experienced. She joined the University of Hull in January 2018.


Research Interests

• Historical and contemporary geographies of everyday religious practices
• Historical and cultural geographies of international exhibitions and world fairs
• Geographies of the everyday
• Material and more-than-human approaches to geography

Research groups

• Visit1862 - a collaborative research project with the design writer and curator Helen Cresswell exploring visitors’ experiences of international exhibitions and world fairs

• Figure 9 Collective - a collective of writers, curators, academics and policy makers exploring the role of design and material culture in learning and life


Slatter R (guest editor), ‘Material Culture and Historical Geographies’, Area, special section (in press)

Slatter R, ‘Material 'Becomings' and a Historical Geography of Religious Experience: Metropolitan Methodism, 1851-1932', Area, Material Culture and Historical Geographies special section (in press)

Slatter R, ‘A ‘More-than-Architectural’ Approach to Faith Spaces: Wesleyan Methodist Spaces in London, 1851-1932’, Spaces of Faith, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, special issue, 6.3, pp 306-328 (2015)

Slatter R, ‘The Design of Nineteenth-Century Wesleyan Space: Re-Reading F. J. Jobson’s Chapel and School Architecture’, Wesley and Methodist Studies, pp 78-99 (2015)

Slatter R, ‘Free from Censure: A Communion Token from the Scots Church London Wall’, Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, vol 19, pp 50-59 (2011)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

• Foundation in Human Geography

• Foundation in Data Analysis

• Exploring Worlds Around Us

• Interpreting Environments

• Global Challenge: Hazardous Worlds

• Cultural and Historical Geography

• Barcelona Field Course

• Geographies of Oppression and Resistance

• Contemporary Research in Human Geography (masters level)

• Research Design (masters level)

Research PhDs

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

  • Geographies of religion, spirituality and philanthropy (in both a historical and contemporary context).

  • Historical geographies of the British city, including projects on cultural institutions, the suburbs and the material design of city space.

  • Everyday geographies.

  • More-than-human geographies exploring material things.

  • Geographies of exhibitions, libraries and museum spaces.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Lee Fallin, Reading the Academic Library

  • Ruth Quinn, Agricultural heritage of Saltaire

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

• PhD in Human Geography, University College London (2017)

• MA in History of Design, Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum (2012)

• BA History of Art, University of Oxford (2010)

External roles

Historical consultant for Methodist heritage projects, including

  • 200 Years of Methodism in Stoke Newington, www.stokeymethodisthistory.com (2016)