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Patrick O'Flanagan, University College Cork


Patrick O'Flanagan photoPatrick O’Flanagan is Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College, Cork. His research interests focus upon the Cultural and Historical Geography of Atlantic Europe over the past five centuries. Comparative research on the evolution of port cities, production and trading systems, as well as, settlement networks and merchant communities figure among his key research interests in historical geography. Rural change, housing and settlement studies, the transformation of marginal areas especially uplands and coastal areas have been amongst his leading activities related to modern issues. Most of his contemporary research has a strong field base in Ireland and especially throughout Atlantic Iberia with particular reference to Portugal, Atlantic Andalusia, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Castile - Leon, the Basque Provinces, the Iberian island archipelagos and Ireland. In the longer time framework his research also contains a strong comparative foundation.


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Research Interests

Atlantic port cities in cross cultural context - cultural geography of merchant communities in Atlantic port cities - Cultural landscapes and the cultural regions of Atlantic Iberia - small scale farming societies in Atlantic Europe - common lands of Atlantic Europe - geography of proto-industrialization.


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Selected Publications

O'Flanagan, P. (2008) Port Cities of Atlantic Iberia, c.1500-1900. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Crowley, J. S., Devoy, R. J. N., Linehan, D. and O'Flanagan, P. (eds.) (2005) Atlas of Cork City. Cork: Cork University Press.

O'Flanagan, P. (1996) Xeografía histórica de Galicia. Vigo: Xeografia Historica de Galicia.

O'Flanagan, P. and Buttimer, C. G. (eds.) (1993) Cork History & Society: Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County. Dublin: Geography Publications.

O'Flanagan, P. (1998) Bandon, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, No.3. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.

O'Flanagan, P., Ferguson, P. and Whelan, K. (eds.) (1987) Rural Ireland, 1600-1900: Modernization and Change. Cork: Cork University Press.

Ó Catháin, S. and O'Flanagan, P. (1974) The Living Landscape, Kilgalligan, Erris, County Mayo. Dublin: Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann.