Gill Valentine

Gill Valentine FBA is a geographer, currently Professor of Geography and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of social sciences at the University of Sheffield. Prior to Sheffield, she was head of Geography at the University of Leeds.


Valentine is a specialist in social geography, with her key areas of research covering social identities and belonging; childhood, parenting and family life; and urban cultures and consumption. Her research in particular has focused on geographies of childhood, on alcohol-consumption and youth culture and on women's geographies. A co-founder of the journal Social & Cultural Geography and co-editor of former co-editor of Gender, Place and Culture, she has made significant contributions to feminist geography. Unusual for a human geographer, her work has received over 21,000 citations as of 2017.


As Pro-Vice-Chancellor of social sciences she has overall responsibility for this field, and has hired Heads of Departments and reallocated staff over the last few years.


Notable publications

  • 1989. "The geography of women's fear" in Area 12(1)pp. 385–390
  • 1995. Mapping desire: Geographies of sexualities Psychology Press (with David Bell)
  • 1997. Consuming geographies: We are where we eat Psychology Press (with David Bell)
  • 2005. Cool places: Geographies of youth cultures Routledge
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