Academic Background

Dr Daniel Allen comes from an academic background. His undergraduate degree, BSc Geography, was completed at the University of Central Lancashire in 2001. After graduating with first class honours, he moved to the University of Nottingham. There he obtained an MA in Landscape and Culture in 2002, and a PhD in Human Geography in 2006. Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded both his postgraduate degrees: MA (Award No. 01/1248) and PhD (Award No. 02/63215).


In 2008-2009 Daniel enjoyed his time as a Teaching Fellow in Human Geography at Keele University, he returned in a Sessional Teaching capacity in 2012-2013, rejoined the department as a Teaching Fellow in Human Geography in 2013-2014, and became a permanent member of staff in 2015.

Daniel's geographical interests centre on the relationships between humans, animals, public knowledge and identity. By focussing on perceptions of nature, human-wildlife conflict, and human-animal relations, Daniel's research contributes to debates in geographies of conservation and more-than-human geography.


Daniel's doctoral research explored, 'The cultural and historical geographies of otter hunting in Britain, 1830-1939'. This study revealed the peculiarities of the sport, the institutional concern for the otter, and the complexity of anti- otter hunting rhetoric. More broadly, it  revealed how processes of social, cultural and political change led to organisational developments within otter hunting and broader attitudinal change towards the activity, the animal, and the rural environment.

Daniel’s interest in art-science collaboration, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the
environment led to the creation of Reaktion Books innovative Earth series. Launched in 2012, it is the first of its kind to trace the historical significance and cultural history of natural phenomena and resources. There are currently 17 books available in this series.


As founder of the Animal Geography Research Network (September 2011), Daniel regularly organises, chairs and present papers in human-animal related sessions at the RGS-IBG. These sessions included: ‘Animal Geography. Status: Endangered?’ (2011), and ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive: Critical Geographies of Human-Animal Encounters’ (2012).

“The books in the Earth series are magnificent. They keep our attention. They are great geography. These books will get us reading geography for pleasure."  

Geographical Association