David Howard

Official Fellow

University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development

Department for Continuing Education


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 and Jamaica.

David is the Director of Research at the Department for Continuing Education, leads the MSc in Sustainable Urban Developmentprogramme at the Continuing Professional Development Centre, and is a member of the Management Committee for the Latin American Centre at Oxford. 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 Research Associate at LAM (Les Afriques dans le Monde)
Sciences Po Bordeaux – Université de Bordeaux, and a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Panel at the British Academy. David was the Co-ordinating Editor for the Bulletin of Latin American Research and the associated Wiley-Blackwell book series (2006-2013). He was Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies (2006-2010), and  co-directed the Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, which supports multidisciplinary seminar networks and seed grants for new research.

Recent Publications

Books published
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
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, in press
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
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