Primary Department
School of History and Geography
Deputy Head of School, Chair: BA Joint Honours (Second Year & Placement), Assistant Professor in Geography
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
History & Geography
Jonathan Cherry
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPD D316

Academic biography

Jonathan Cherry is a lecturer in Geography at the School of History and Geography, DCU. He is Deputy Head of School and chair with responsibility for second year of the BA Joint Honours Programme

As an historical geographer his research interests lie in the evolution and transformation of the Irish landscape over the past four centuries. His research examines the influence of the state and landowning elite - both private families and institutions - on both rural and urban landscapes; the demise of this elite and their legacy in the form of planned towns and villages, 'big houses' and demesne landscapes during the period. His current research projects include the compilation of the Cavan fascicle of the RIA Irish Historic Towns Atlas series and a digital humanities project entitled 'Mapping the Ulster Covenant, 1912' with Dr Arlene Crampsie, UCD.

He is a member of the local organising committee for the 35th International Geographical Congress, which will be held at DCU in August 2024.   

Research interests

Jonathan Cherry's main research interests are in Irish Historical Geography. He is particularly interested in the 

Evolution of the Irish landscape from circa 1600 to the present day Role of the state and landlords in shaping rural landscapes during the period 1600 to circa 1930 Origins, growth and development of Irish towns and villages Break up of estates and the demise of landlordism in Ireland during the late 19th and early 20th centuries  'Big Houses' and demesne landscapes of Ireland: people and placeContested landscapes and spaces He is interested in discussing opportunities for postgraduate research and studies with students interested in these topics or in any other aspect of historical geography.