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Dr Tim Riding

Teaching Associate



I am a historical geographer of global history, interested in the conception and organisation of space in early modern global networks. I completed my PhD at Queen Mary in 2018.

Undergraduate Teaching

HST4604 – Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History


Research Interests:

My PhD thesis examined the English East India Company’s trading outposts in Surat, Bombay, and along the Malabar Coast. In considering the Company's conception, organisation, and control of the spaces of its network, it encompassed a range of topics: cartographic history; investment in the built environment; town planning and the treatment of urban space; environmental history; corporate conceptions of territory and sovereignty; and early modern geographical understandings of networks.


  • ‘“Making Bombay Island”: Land Reclamation and Geographical Conceptions of Bombay, 1661–1728’, Journal of Historical Geography, 59 (2018), pp. 27–39.
  • ‘Book Review: Lakshmi Subramanian, The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India’s Western Littoral’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 102, 352 (2017), pp. 705–6.
  • ‘Book Review: Philip MacDougall, Naval Resistance to Britain’s Growing Power in India 1660–1800: The Saffron Banner and the Tiger of Mysore’, International Journal of Maritime History, 29, 1 (2017), pp. 210–212.
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