Professor David Lambert

    • BA, PGCE, PhD
    • Professor of Geography Education
  • Department:
  • Summary:
    • I am interested in geography education research, in particular curriculum and teacher development. I have an interest in related issues such as textbook research, assessment and citizenship education.
  • Teaching:
    • • MA Geography in Education
      • Contributions to PGCE (secondary and primary).
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • • Enda Dolan: Initial teacher education using a web-based portfolio system (Ireland)
      • Nikos Katsos: Critical GIS and education (shared with UCL)
      • Adam Unwin: e-learning and teachers' CPD in the context of the MTeach (IOE)
      • Archie Deen: active learning in the context of the geography classroom (USA)
      • Shepherd Urenje: Pin the context of ESD, professional development and institutional competence in the Inspectorate Department of the Ministry of Education in Swaziland?
      • Glorianne Borg Axisa: inter-culturalism and geography education in the context of Malta
      • Ben Major (ESRC 1+3 studentship): Geography in schools and the developing understanding of place, home and belonging
      • Richard Bustin: Developing the concept of geo-capability and the purposes of school geography.

      I also 'mentor' two colleagues in supervising doctoral research.
  • Professional Activities:
    • • Chief Executive of the Geographical Association, the leading subject association for teachers of geography in England, with strong UK and international links ( The GA in 2007-8 turned over £1.2m funded project work, mainly geography curriculum and teacher development.
      • Trustee of the DEA (
      • Advise national bodies, including DCSF on geography education, in close partnership with Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society
      • Fellow of the RSA
      • Editorial board member for: Compass, Education Review and Geography
      • Editorial and commissioning board member for Teacher Training Resource Bank.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • School Geography: misplaced or misheard? Keynote Lecture to the conference of Humanities and Social Studies teachers in Singapore, November 2008.

      School Geography Today: Sheffield University Geography Department Centenary Lecture series, November 2008.

      Subjects in the curriculum: contemporary perspectives, Keynote lecture to the annual conference of Hertfordshire Secondary Headteachers, March 2009.

      What is the place of traditional subjects in a 21st century curriculum? Keynote to the SSAT annual conference November 2010.
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • Geography Education in USA, Singapore, Vietnam, China, some of Europe
  • Languages Spoken:
    • • German (basic).
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  • Lambert D (2011)  'Reviewing the case for geography: and the knowledge turn in the English National Curriculum', The Curriculum Journal 22, 2, 243-264 .
  • Lambert D (2011) 'Reframing School Geography; a capability approach' Butt G, Geography, Education and the Future. London: Continuum.
  • Lambert D and Morgan J (2010) Teaching Geography 11-18: a conceptual approach. Open University Press .
  • Lambert D and Morgan J (2009) 'Corrupting the Curriculum? The case of geography', London Review of Education 7, 2, 147-157.
  • Lambert, D. (2008) 'Why Subjects Matter', Forum 50, 2, 207-213.
  • Gardner, R. and Lambert, D. (2006) 'The Role of Subject Associations', Geography 91(2), 159-171.
  • Lambert, D. (2005) 'Social Studies and the Informed Citizen: perspectives from a geographer in education' in W. Tai- Chee, W. Zhenping, R. Ismail and K. Ee Moi (eds), Teaching Social Studies: a reader. Singapore: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Morgan, J. and Lambert, D. (2005) Teaching School Subjects: geography. London: Routledge.
  • Daly, C., Pachler, N. and Lambert, D. (2004) 'Teacher Learning: towards a professional academy', in Teaching in Higher Education 9(1), 99-111.
  • Lambert, D. (2004) 'Geography' in White, J. (ed.), Rethinking the School Curriculum. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • Lambert, D. (2003) 'Effective Approaches to Curriculum Development in Geography' in Gerber R (ed.), International Handbook on Geographical Education, The GeoJournal Library, Vol 73. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic.
  • Lambert, D. (2002) 'Geography and the informed citizen' in R. Gerber and M. Williams (eds), Geography, Culture and Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic.
  • Morgan, J. and Lambert, D. (2001) 'Geography, 'Race' and Education', in Geography 86(3), 235-246.
  • Lambert, D. and Lines, D. (2000) Understanding Assessment. London: RoutledgeFalmer.