Dr Charles Rawding

Name: Dr Charles Rawding
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Geography PGCE Course Leader
Email: rawdingc@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education



1997 – present      Senior Lecturer/Geography PGCE Course Leader, Edge Hill University

1993 – 1997           Assistant Head of Humanities Faculty, Waltham Toll Bar School, Grimsby

1991 – 1993           Assistant Assessment Coordinator, Waltham Toll Bar School, Grimsby

1987 – 1991           School of Extra Mural Studies tutor/lecturer in Local History, University of Hull

1984 – 1987          Tutor/lecturer in Local History, Workers’ Educational Association, Yorkshire North District

1982 – 1991           Main scale teacher of Geography, Waltham Toll Bar School, Grimsby

1981 – 1982           Main scale teacher of Humanities, Holy Trinity School, Glossops Green

1980 – 1981           Holy Trinity School, Glossops Green, part-time as a student


  • D Phil, University of Sussex Sussex 1989
  • MA University of Sussex Sussex 1984
  • PGCE University of Sussex Sussex 1981
  • BA (Hons) University of Sussex 1979


Research Interests:

Curriculum innovation in school geography and the links between school and academic geography.

Research Groups:

Geography Research Collective (GeReCo)

Published Work:

Books: Authored:

Effective innovation in the Secondary Geography Curriculum: a practical guide. Routledge, Abingdon, 2013.

Contemporary approaches to Geography: Vol 1 Human Geography, Chris Kington Publishing, London. 2010

Theory into practice: Understanding place as a process. Geographical Association, Sheffield, 2007

‘A tale of two markets: housing in east Lancashire.’ Geography  92.2 :13-22  2007c

Reading our landscapes: understanding changing geographies. Chris Kington Publishing, Cambridge, 2007

The Lincolnshire Wolds in the nineteenth century.  History of Lincolnshire Committee, Lincoln.  2001.

Binbrook 1900-1939.  Binbrook WEA, Binbrook 1991.

Books: Edited:

(As Series Editor) Contemporary approaches to Geography: Vol 2 Physical Geography, Chris Kington Publishing, London. 2010

(As Editor) Contemporary approaches to Geography: Vol 3 Environmental Geography, Chris Kington Publishing, London. 2010

[As Editor] Binbrook in the nineteenth century.  Binbrook WEA, Binbrook, 1989.

[As Editor] Keelby Parish and People, Part II. 1831-1881. Keelby WEA, Keelby, 1987

Chapters in Books:

‘Unifying Geography: the anthropocene and the global.’ In D.Lambert and M.Jones (Eds) (2018) Debates in geography education. 2nd Ed Routledge, London pp239-249

[with Andrea Tapsfield]’Mentoring’ in Jones,M (Ed) The Handbook of Secondary Geography. Geographical Association, Sheffield, 2017, pp306-317.

Constructing the geography curriculum’ in G.Butt (Ed) Masterclass in Geography Education. London, Bloomsbury, 2015 pp67-80.

‘Fedlarbeit: Unsere Landschaft lesen’ in Rolfes,M & Uhlenwinkel,A (Eds) Metzler Handbuch 2.0 Geographieunterricht. Westermann, Braunschwieg, 2013 pp63-70.

‘Physische Geographie im Unterricht’ in Rolfes,M & Uhlenwinkel,A (Eds) Metzler Handbuch 2.0 Geographieunterricht. Westermann, Braunschwieg, 2013 pp434-443.

‘How does Geography adapt to changing times.’ In D.Lambert and M.Jones (Eds) (2013) Debates in geography education. Routledge, London. pp282-290

Discussant for section ‘ Place, space and change’  in G.Butt (Ed): Geography Education and the Future. Continuum, London, 2011.

‘High farming on the Wolds’ in D.Robinson (Ed) The Lincolnshire Wolds.  Windgather, Oxford,2009 pp39-48.

‘Failing farmers in south west Lancashire: a study of farming during the second world war.’ In J.Martin, B.Short & C.Watkins (Eds) British farming in the second world war (British Agricultural History Society, Exeter) :179-93. 2007

(with P A Blakey & D W G Hind) ‘The Lake District as a tourist destination in the 21st century.’ In D W G Hind & J P Mitchell (Eds) Sustainable tourism in the Lake District. Business Education, Sunderland. 2004 :75-100.

‘Village type and employment structure : an analysis in the nineteenth century Lincolnshire Wolds.’  in D.Mills & K.Schurer (Eds) Local communities in the Victorian Census Enumerators Books. Leopard Head Press, Oxford, 1996.

‘Lincolnshire Crop Returns.’ in S & N Bennett: An historical atlas of Lincolnshire. Hull University Press, Hull 1993. pp92-3; 2nd edition, Phillimore & Co, Chichester, 2001, pp92-3.

Journal Articles: Refereed Journals:

‘History in Geography: the importance of change over time in Geography.’ Teaching Geography Spring 2018, pp25-27.

‘Nature and the legacy of Alexander von Humboldt’ Geography  102,2, Summer 2017 pp95-98

‘Expedition Greenland: learning about sustainability through the Vikings.’

Teaching Geography, Summer 2017, pp67-8.

‘It’s complicated: teaching about the messiness of the real world.’ Primary Geography , Autumn 2016, pp30-1.

‘Spotlight on David Harvey and the pursuit of critical geography.’ Geography,101,3, 2016 pp164-6.

‘The challenges of environmental education.’ Teaching Geography, Spring 2016, pp10-12.

‘The challenges of environmental education’ Teaching Geography Spring 2016 pp10-12.

‘Marie Antoinette and Heathrow Airport: holistic geographies’ Teaching Geography Spring 2015 pp32-33.

‘The importance of teaching ‘holistic’ geographies’ Teaching Geography Spring 2014, pp10-13

‘Challenging Assumptions: The importance of holistic geographies’ Geography, 98,3, 2013 pp157-159

‘Teaching urban change using the local area.’ Teaching Geography, Autumn 2012, pp99-101.

‘What are the connections between subject developments in academic and school geography?’

International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, Volume 19 Issue 2, 119, May 2010,pp119-126

‘Teaching place as a process’. Teaching Geography, 34,2, Summer 2009, pp64-67.

‘Towards teaching geographies of consumption.’ Geography, 94,2, Summer 2009, pp126-132.

‘Changing land use in North East Lancashire during the Second World War.’ North West Geography, 8, 2008; 1-13

Charles Rawding & Lucy Williams: ‘Liverpool: capital of culture.’ Teaching Geography January 2008 :11-14

‘Kangaroos: sustainable meat and leather or cute tourist icon ?’ in Teaching Geography Spring 2006 :18-19. 2006a

‘Stagnation and progress: contradictions in the inter-war English village. Binbrook, Lincolnshire 1918-1939.’ Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 40,2005e : 44-52

(with S.Johnson & F.Price) ‘Achieving effective differentiation in geography.’ Teaching Geography 29,1, January 2004 :19-23 (2004a)

(with D Halliwell) ‘Accessing urban land use through digital images.’ Teaching Geography Oct 2004 :150-151 (2004e)

‘Agricultural practices and state intervention during the Second World War : a case study of South West Lancashire.’ North West Geography. Vol 3. No 1. 2003 :1-11.

‘World Cup Geography Update.’ Teaching Geography 27,2, April 2002 :79-81.(2002a)

‘Literacy across the curriculum: some options for geography.’ Teaching Geography, 27,3,July 2002 :112-114. (2002b)

‘Agrarian history or rural history : where do we go from here ?’  Journal of Historical Geography, 28,3, (2002) : 445-448.(2002c)

‘The virtual world of tourist cities.’ Global Built Environment Review Vol 1 No2. August 2001 :10-12.(2001a)

‘The tithe files: a source for the local historian.’ Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, vol 36, 2001 :36-43 (2001c)

‘Tourism in Amsterdam : marketing and reality.’ Geography. 85.2. April 2000 :167-172.

‘World Cup Geography.’  Teaching Geography. 24.1.1999 :30-3

‘The implications of the new Standards for Qualified Teacher status.’ Teaching Geography. 23.1998 :40-1.

‘Village type and employment structure : an analysis in the nineteenth century Lincolnshire Wolds.’  Local Population Studies. 53. 1994. pp53-69.

[with Brian Short] ‘Binbrook in 1910 : The use of the Finance (1909-1910) Act Records.’  Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. 28.1993 :58-67 (1993b)

‘Society and place in nineteenth century North Lincolnshire.’  Rural History. 3.1.1992, pp59-85.(1992a)

‘The iconography of churches : a case study of landownership and power in nineteenth century North Lincolnshire.’  Journal of Historical Geography. 16.2.1990 :157-176. (1990a)

‘To the glory of God ? The building of Binbrook St Mary and St Gabriel.’ Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. 25.1990. pp41-6. (1990b)

‘New uses for derelict railway land.’  Teaching Geography.12.3. April 1987 :128-30.(1987a)

‘The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834-1865 : a case study of Caistor Poor Law Union.’  Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. 22.1987 :15-23 (1987c)

‘Poor relief and the rural workforce :  a case study of  North Lincolnshire 1834-1861.’  University of Sussex, Research Paper in Geography. 16.1986.

‘Dialogue : Third World issues.’  Contemporary Issues in Geography and Education. 2.1. Spring 1985 :50-1

‘Redefining industrial geography.’ Teaching Geography. 9.3. January 1984 :140 (1984a)

‘Marlbury : a transport simulation.’ Teaching Geography. 9.5. June 1984 :225.(1984b)

‘How to develop ? Problems of a Third World Government.’  Teaching Geography. 8.1. July 1982 :32.(1982b)

‘Tropicana : a simulation on the location of industry in a Third World Country.’ Teaching Geography. 8.1.July 1982 :31. (1982a)

Non-refereed Journals:

‘Training teachers’ GA Magazine, 26, Spring 2014 pp28-29.

‘Changes in initial teacher education’ in The Geographical Association Magazine. Summer 2013, 24, p26.

‘‘Aristocratic landscapes III. Hainton and the Heneages.’ In Lincolnshire Past and Present . Autumn 2004 :3-5. (2004d)

‘Lincolnshire aristocratic landscapes : the view from the 1790s.’ Lincolnshire Past and Present, 46, Winter 2001/02 :7-8.

‘Aristocratic landscapes II : Bayons Manor and the Tennyson d’Eyncourts.’  Lincolnshire Past and Present.8. 1992  :18-21 (1992b)

‘Methodism in nineteenth century Binbrook.’  Lincolnshire Past and Present. 3. 1991 :2-5.(1991b)

‘Aristocratic landscapes : Brocklesby and the Yarboroughs.’  Lincolnshire Past and Present. 4. 1991 :19-22.(1991c)

‘Agricultural land use in Lindsey : the 1801 crop returns.’  Lincolnshire Past and Present. 2. 1990-1 :16-18

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise:

Conference Presentations:

2018 – Geographical Association Annual conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 5th-7th April, Presentation: ‘High quality initial teacher education.’

2018 – Charney Primary Geography conference, Charney Manor, Feb 23rd-25th.
Paper (with Chris Fisher): ‘Using music as a stimulus for teaching Geography.’
Keynote: ‘The anthropocene: assessing the impact of humanity on the planet.’

2018 – GTE Geography Tutor’s Conference. University of Birmingham, 26th-28th January.
Paper: ‘The anthropocene and the (re)unification of school geography: thinking big geographically.’ Presentation: on behalf of TESIG ‘The Geographical Association Quality Criteria for ITE: an update.’

2017 – GTE Geography Tutor’s Conference. University of Plymouth, 27th-29th January.
Paper: ‘On the importance of history in Geography.’
Joint paper (with Andrea Tapsfield and Alan Kinder) ‘High quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in geography: the GA’s criteria.’

2017 – Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Surrey, 20th-22nd April 2017. Lecture: ‘Joining up the pieces: holistic geographies in the classroom.’

2016 – GTE Geography Tutor’s Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, 22nd-24th January. Paper: ‘Where is Greenland: understanding location and geographical significance’.

2016 – Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 7th -9th April. Presentation: ‘Quality criteria for geography ITE.’

2015 – GTE Geography Tutor’s Conference. University of Oxford . ‘30th January – 1st February: Paper ‘Greenwashing, Gaia and the absence of holistic geographies’. Available at: http://geography.org.uk/gtip/gteconferences/gteconference15/

2015 – SOLSTICE eLearning conference.  Edge Hill University 4th-5th June: Paper: ’Using screen-recording to enhance assessment feedback.’

2014 – International Geographical Union Regional Conference, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 18-22 August 2014. Paper presented: ‘Problematizing place: issues in the geography classroom.’

2014 – Geographical Association Annual Conference. University of Surrey. Paper presented: ‘Rebranding geography: the importance of holistic geographies.’ 14th-16th April. Available at: http://www.geography.org.uk/cpdevents/annualconference/guildford2014/

2014 – GTE Geography Tutor’s Conference. University of Winchester. ‘24th-26th January Paper: ‘Place: the final frontier.’ Available at http://www.geography.org.uk/gtip/gteconferences/gteconference14/

2013 – GTE Geography Tutors’ Conference. University of Hull, 25th-27th January Paper: ‘Joining up the modules: the importance of holistic geographies’

2012 – Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Feb 24th-28th New York, Paper presented: ‘Conceptualising  place in a dynamic curriculum.’

2009 – Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Las Vegas,23rd-27th March. Paper presented: ‘What are the connections between subject developments in academic and school geography?’

Non-refereed conference contributions:

2012 – GTE Geography Tutors’ Conference. Swansea Metropolitan University, 27th-29th January Paper: ‘Carboniferous limestone and the search for relevance.’

2012 – Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 12th-14th April, lecture: ‘Keeping up to date with subject knowledge’: Debate contribution: ‘Is physical geography essential?’ both available at http://www.geography.org.uk/cpdevents/annualconference

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