Department of Geography
Dr Iain Black is a Historical Geographer with research interests in money, banking and the architecture of finance. His work has two principal foci. The first concerns reconstructing the circulation of money and short-term paper credit in early industrial England, with particular reference to the integration of banking and capital markets across space in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The second involves a critical (re)interpretation of the landscape and architecture of cities of finance in Britain and the British Empire between c.1750 and c.1950. Together with a major body of work on the City of London, more recent research has looked at the diffusion of British banking culture in the built environments of a variety of colonial and semi-colonial spaces in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Dr Black has also recently published a jointly-authored history of the sub-discipline of Historical Geography at Cambridge from the later-nineteenth century to the present.