Dr David Howard

Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development


David’s principal research concentrates on the contemporary societies of the Caribbean and Latin America, with a specific focus on urban geography and social sustainability. His interests lie at the interface between social and urban geography, and postcolonial and development studies. Recent research projects have concentrated on the urban environment, development and social change in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Barbuda.  David is a University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development and Director of Research at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He directs the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development at the Continuing Professional Development Centre, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Latin American Centre. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh, following postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford, the City University of New York and the University of Melbourne. 

Outwith the University, he is a CNRS Associate at the Centre des Recherches Pluridisciplinaires et Comparatistes, Université de Bordeaux IV, and the Co-ordinating Editor for the Bulletin of Latin American Research and an associated Wiley-Blackwell book series. He was Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies (2006-2010), and now co-directs the Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (JISLAC), which supports multidisciplinary seminar networks and seed grants for new research. He is a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Panel at the British Academy.



2005   Cities of the Imagination: Kingston Oxford: Signal Books, 256pp, ISBN 1902669371        

2001   Coloring the Nation: race and ethnicity in the Dominican Republic Boulder: Lynne Rienner and Oxford: Signal Books, 227pp, ISBN 190266910X           

1999   Dominican Republic: people, politics and culture London: Latin American Bureau and New York: Interlink Books, 94pp, ISBN: 1566562430

Edited journal issues

2007   Violence, fear and development Development in Practice 17, 6

2005   Race, religion and the census (co-edited with P. E. Hopkins) Population, Space and Place 11, 2

Journal articles

2007   Development, racism and discrimination in the Dominican Republic Development in Practice 17, 6: 725-738

2007   Violence, fear and development: a critical overview (co-authored with U. Oslender and M. Hume) Development in Practice 17, 6: 713-724

2006   Contradictory socio-economic consequences of structural adjustment in Kingston, Jamaica (co-authored with C. G. Clarke) Geographical Journal 172, 2: 106-129

2005   Race, religion and the census (co-authored with P. E. Hopkins) Population, Space and Place 11, 2: 69-74

2005   Race and religious pluralism in Kingston, Jamaica (co-authored with C. G. Clarke) Population, Space and Place 11, 2: 119-136

2003   Reappraising race? Dominicans in New York City International Journal of Population Geography 9: 337-350

2003   Dominican diasporas and the stasis of race JCAS Symposium Series 19: 1-19

2001   Haitian migrants and discrimination in the Dominican Republic NACLA Report on the Americas 35, 2: 24-28

2001   Coloring the nation: la raza dominicana Hemisphere 9, 3: 21-23

1999   La etnia e identidad racial en la República Dominicana: notas de un investigador Estudios Sociales 32, 116: 73-77

1999      Colour, race and space: residential segregation in Kingston, Jamaica, during the late colonial period (co-authored with C. G. Clarke) Caribbean Geography 10: 1, 3-15

Book chapters

2010  Providing ‘safe neighbourhoods’ in Santo Domingo: urban violence and the Plan de Seguridad Democrática. In McGregor, D., Barker, D. and D. Dodman (eds) Global Change and Caribbean Vulnerability: environment, economy and society at risk Kingston: University of West Indies Press, 298-316

2009   Cartographies and visualization. In Richards, D. and S. Chew (eds) A Concise Companion to Postcolonial Literature Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 141-161

2008  One Scotland, Many Cultures: the mutual constitution of anti-racism and place (co-authored with Jan Penrose). In Bressey, C. and C. Dwyer (eds) New Geographies of Race and Racism London: Ashgate, 95-112

2007   Class, unemployment and housing problems in Kingston, Jamaica since independence (co-authored with C. G. Clarke). In Jaffe, R. K. (ed.) The Caribbean City Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 123-161

2007   A ‘welcoming planet’? Urban literary environments and the ‘ghetto’ in Kingston, Jamaica. In Campbell, C. and E. Somerville (eds) ‘What is the Earthly Paradise?’ Ecocritical responses to the Caribbean Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 27-45

2004   Caribbean social perspectives. In Skelton, T. (ed.) The Pan-Caribbean: diversity and semblance London: Edward Arnold, 136-153

2003   Dominicans Abroad: impacts and responses in a transnational society. In Østergaard-Nielsen, E. (ed.) International Migration and Sending Countries: perceptions, policies transnational relations London: Palgrave, 57-76

2002   Ethnicities, nationalism and racism. In McIlwaine, C. and K. Willis (eds) Challenges and Change in Middle America: perspectives on development in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Harlow: Pearson Education, 61-81

1999   Colouring the nation: race and ethnicity in the Dominican Republic. In Brea, R., Espinal R. and Valerio-Holguín, F. (eds) La República Dominicana en el umbral del siglo XXI: cultura, política y cambio social Santo Domingo: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, 61-89

1999      Cities, capitalism and neoliberal regimes (co-authored with C. G. Clarke). In Gwynne, R. N. and Kay, C. (eds) Latin America: globalization and modernity London: Arnold, 305-324


2004   The Dominican Republic. In Gordon, L. (ed.) Caribbean London: Insight, 24-36

2002   The Dominican Republic. In Jones, D. (ed.) Censorship: A World Encyclopedia London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 683-684

2002   Censorship and maps. In Jones, D. (ed.) Censorship: A World Encyclopedia London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1540-1541

2002   Introduction, History and Culture. In Gordon, L. (ed.) Antigua London: Insight, 7-18, 101-107

2002   Antigua. In Gordon, L. (ed.) Caribbean London: Insight, 244-247

2000   Santo Domingo, Culture. In Gordon, L. (ed.) Dominican Republic and Haiti London: Insight, 169-178, 133-136

1996   The Dominican Republic: colouring the nation. In Cameron, S. (ed.) Caribbean Islands Handbook Bath: Footprint, 64-65