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Ian Davidson

Full Professor
School of English, Drama and Film
01 716 8157
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Ian Davidson is a poet and a specialist in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. After undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Essex, he received his PhD on ideas of space in contemporary poetry from Aberystwyth University, and postdoctoral funding from the AHRC. He worked in Bangor University (Wales) in English and Creative Studies before becoming professor and head of research for the humanities in Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has taught, supervised and examined students in creative writing and literary studies, with a particular interest in the ways these intersect. His most recent research, carried out in creative and critical modes, examines the relationship between the increased mobility of people and things from the second half of the twentieth-century to the present, and the forms of literature that increase produces. It has a particular emphasis on writing that sits outside established genres. This is necessarily interdisciplinary work, and takes him across human and cultural geography, sociology and philosophy in order to develop the contexts for the research.


  • PhD
    University of Wales