Ewan Anderson

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Ewan Anderson
Personal information
Full name Ewan William Anderson
Born (1938-03-28) 28 March 1938 (age 77)
Bromley, Kent, England
Batting style Right hand batsmen
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1961 Oxford University Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 12
Runs scored 38
Batting average 3.80
100s/50s -/-
Top score 13*
Balls bowled 1375
Wickets 18
Bowling average 40.38
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 3/69
Catches/stumpings 1/-
Source: [1], 10 August 2008

Ewan William Anderson (1938–) is an English academic expert on geopolitics, economic and social geography. He is also a former English first class cricketer who played all his games for Oxford University Cricket Club; and has exhibited his drawings of trees in both Britain and the US.

Anderson's work has focused upon geopolitics: the application of all facets of geography in political decision-making and development studies. His particular emphasis has been on applied research in the arid and semi-arid zone, with special reference to the Middle East; on water and minerals resources issues; and on international boundary disputes. He is also an expert on child welfare issues.

Anderson is Emeritus Professor of Geopolitics at the University of Durham, England; Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Development Studies at the University of Exeter, England; Visiting Professor at York St John University; Special Adviser to the Strategic Studies Research Centre, University of Al Akhawayn, Morocco; and Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia, USA.


born 28 March 1938 in Bromley, Kent. After serving in the Royal Navy, he attended St Edmund Hall, Oxford and first played for Oxford University Cricket Club in 1961.[1] His highest score of 13* came when playing for Oxford University in the match against Leicestershire County Cricket Club.[2] His best bowling of 3/69 came when playing for Oxford University in the match against Glamorgan County Cricket Club.[3]

After graduating, he worked as a teacher at Downside and Birkenhead schools. In 1972, he was appointed principal lecturer at the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham, and in 1979 became lecturer in geography at the University of Durham. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Geopolitics at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham, a post he held until 2001.[4][5]

In carrying out research and practical studies on international boundaries, refugee movements, development, strategic resources and transboundary problems, particularly of water, he has worked for many governments and for the United Nations. For six years he was in charge of boundary research for Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as strategic analyst at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe), and is a member of the UK Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre panel on future defence issues.[4]

His main fields of study have included :-

  • International boundaries, including research for the World Court of Justice and for a number of Middle East national governments
  • Water resources and related issues in the Middle East
  • International defence issues, including strategy, logistics and procurement
  • Child welfare, particularly in relation to boarding schools.

From 1973–91 he was Research Officer with the UK Boarding Schools Association, and edited the journal Boarding Education. From 2000–2005, he was Honorary Professor of Residential Child Welfare at the University of York.[4]

He has worked in over 70 countries, contributed to a large number of international research programmes and conferences, and been a Visiting Professor at universities in Qatar, Barcelona, Malta, and the USA. He holds doctorates in geography, politics and residential education. He is a former President of the International Federation of Educative Communities (England and Wales), a member of the Residential Forum and a Fellow of the Dartington Social Research Unit. He was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship in 2008.[5]

Several exhibitions of his drawings of trees from nature have been held in recent years, at Durham University, the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and the River and Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames, as well as in the United States.[6]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Ewan Anderson, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 50+ works in 100+ publications in 3 languages and 4,000+ library holdings. [7]

  • Strategic Minerals: The Geopolitical Problem for the United States (1988)
  • Water Resources in the Arid Realm (1992)
  • Atlas of World Flashpoints (1993)
  • In Loco Parentis: Training Issues in Boarding and Residential Environments (1994)
  • Strategic Minerals: Resource Geopolitics and Global Geo-Economics (1998)
  • The Middle East: Geography and Geopolitics (2000)
  • International Boundaries: A Geopolitical Atlas (2002)


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