International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

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The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
Author Rob Kitchin
Nigel Thrift
Language English
Subject Geography
Genre Encyclopedia
Publisher Elsevier
Publication date
August 2009
Media type Print (hardback) and online
Pages 8,250 pp.

978-0-08-044911-1 (print)

ISBN 978-0-08-044910-4 (online)
OCLC 297799521

The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography is a 2009 academic reference work covering human geography. The editors-in-chief are Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift and it contains a foreword by Mary Robinson.


The development of the encyclopedia has been subject to episodic controversy resulting from the involvement of a subsidiary of Elsevier's parent company Reed Elsevier – called Spearhead Exhibitions – in the defence exhibition industry. Following a high-profile campaign coordinated on the crit-geog-forum mailing list and focused specifically on a perceived conflict of interest between the arms trade and academic publishing, on June 1, 2007 Reed Elsevier announced that it would be exiting the business during the second half of that year.[1] [2] [3] [4]


  1. ^ "Reed Elsevier confirms it will exit the defence industry shows". 2007-06-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ Chatterton, Paul; Featherstone, David (2007). "Intervention: Elsevier, critical geography and the arms trade". Political Geography. 26: 3. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.07.003. 
  3. ^ Hammett, Daniel; Newsham, Andrew (2007). "Intervention: Widening the ethical debate – Academia, activism, and the arms trade". Political Geography. 26: 10. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.10.012. 
  4. ^ Kitchin, R. (2007). "Intervention: Elsevier, the arms trade, and forms of protest – A response to Chatterton and Featherstone". Political Geography. 26 (5): 499. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2007.05.002.