Academic career

2016- : Research Associate in Human Geography, Loughborough University.
2008-2016: PhD, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

Prizes and awards

2011: Doctoral research grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2010-2011: Doctoral research fellow, Institute for European History (IEG), Mainz, Germany

Together with Dr Heike Jöns, Dean is currently working on a project that investigates the role of academic mobility in the rise of the modern German research university (c. 1700 – 1914). In addressing this theme, the project, which is generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, aims to deepen knowledge of the geographies of scholarly and scientific mobility and their significance for the emergence and institutionalisation of research cultures, scientific practices and the knowledge economy. As such, the project contributes to fundamental debates within geography and the history of science about the nature, geographies and mobilities of knowledge across disciplines.

Dean's previous research has examined the history of geographical knowledge production in the German Aufklärung (Enlightenment). In particular, he has focussed on the life and work of the most prominent eighteenth-century German geographer, Anton Friedrich Büsching (1724-93). This work has addressed questions about the social nature and political character of Enlightenment geography, along with questions about the geographies of print culture in the Enlightenment.

  • Bond, DW (2016) Plagiarists, enthusiasts and periodical geography: AF Büsching and the making of geographical print culture in the German Enlightenment, c. 1750–1800, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, doi: 10.1111/tran.12153
  • Bond, DW (2016) Enlightenment geography in the study: AF Büsching, JD Michaelis and the place of geographical knowledge in the Royal Danish Expedition to Arabia, 1761–1767,  Journal of Historical Geography 51, 64-75, doi:
  • Bond, DW (2014) Hegel’s geographical thoughtEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 32, 179-198