James Hopkins

James Hopkins


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Research interests

Research interests

  • Transnational networks of knowledge in the early to mid-twentieth century


I am an historian of knowledge with a particular focus on:

  • the spatial disciplines (architecture, planning and geography); 
  • architecture and the built environment;  
  • networks and institutions of knowledge;
  • transnational transfers of knowledge.

I am very active in the Research Group on University Histories (see our blog) and the International Planning History Society, of which I am Treasurer. 

I hold a hybrid academic-heritage management post. Outside of my research and teaching, I am responsible for:

  • Engagement of multiple audiences with the history of the University of Manchester;
  • Conservation of the University’s heritage, including the University Collections. 

Find out more about the heritage management aspect of my role.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Treasurer, International Planning History Society

2017 → …

Areas of expertise

  • D204 Modern History
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • AS Academies and learned societies (General)
  • AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
  • LA History of education
  • NA Architecture
  • History of Architecture

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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