Mark Holton

Academic profile

Dr Mark Holton

Associate Professor in Human Geography
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Mark's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 10: SDG 10 - Reduced InequalitiesGoal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate ActionGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Mark

I am an associate professor of human geography at the University of Plymouth. Within my role I am the Programme Lead for Geography programmes.

I lead the GGH3207 Sustainable Cities and GGH1202 Introducing Human Geography: Changing Places modules as well as contributing to other human geography modules at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels including residential fieldwork courses in the UK and overseas and dissertation and PhD supervision.  I co-edit the cultural geography section of the journal Geography Compass.


I am primarily a Social and Cultural Geographer, although my teaching interests spread into planning and urban studies.

I contribute towards the following programmes:

MSc Planning

  • PLG505 – Urban Design: theories, methodologies and practice
  • PLG503 – Environmental Knowledge: From Field to Stakeholder (planning)

MSc Human Geography

  • GEES522 – Research in Human Geography: Philosophies and Design

BA/BSc Geography (ALL)

  • GGX3200 – Dissertation in Geography
  • GGH3207 - Sustainable Cities (Module Leader)
  • GGX2204 – Fieldwork in Geography
  • GGX2201 – Principles and Applications in Geography 1
  • GGX2202 – Principles and Applications in Geography 2
  • GGH2208 - Planning, Place and Security
  • GGH2207 – Travel, Transport and Mobilities
  • GGX1205 – Geographical Journeys
  • GGX1206 – Sustainable Futures
  • GGH1202 - Changing Places (Module Leader)
  • GGH1203 – Culture, Society and Space

PhD Supervision

  • Hoayda Darkal completed 2022 (DoS)
  • Pearlin Teow 2018 - 2023 (DoS)
  • Kieran Green 2018 - 2022 (2nd Supervisor)

Contact Mark

A511 Portland Square, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 585989