Skip to content

Dr David Storey

Principal Lecturer in Human Geography

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855189, Room EE G040


I have an eclectic range of research and teaching interests covering aspects of territory and identity, sport and place, rural change and development. I have published widely on these topics and have delivered papers at various international conferences. I have been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects for a range of external organisations. In 2012 I was Visiting International Fellow at the Alworth Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth. At Worcester, I am course leader for BA Human Geography and a member of the Centre for Rural Research. I sit on the university’s Research Degrees Board and am the Institute of Science and the Environment’s research degrees co-ordinator.

Academic History/Qualifications
Visiting International Fellow, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2012
Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Glamorgan, 1992
PhD student/part-time Tutor/Research Assistant, University College Cork 1986-92
PhD Geography, University College Cork (1993)
MSc Geography, Trinity College Dublin (1988)
BA Geography and Economics, Trinity College Dublin (1982)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


BSc Geography; BA Human Geography; BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Political Geography
Rural Geography
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Contemporary Debates in Human Geography
People and Place
Changing Places Field Course

Postgraduate supervision

David Maund (PhD) Moving-on from a rural parish: A multi-disciplinary longitudinal study of demographic change and migration in an area of the English-Welsh borderland (2008)

Nicholas Bennett (MPhil) The role and effectiveness of Parish Councils in Gloucestershire: Adapting to new modes of rural community governance (2006)

Penelope Mell (PhD) The theory and practice of community based strategies in rural areas (1999)


My research interests fall into three broad and intersecting strands.

Territory and national identity
I am interested in how geographic space can be used to assert, to maintain or to resist forms of power, the ways in which ideologies and social practices are manifested in space, and the geographical outcomes of territorial strategies. More specifically, I am interested in the associations between place and national identity. The ways in which generic landscapes or specific places are seen to be central to particular national narratives is of particular interest. These issues form the core material of my book Territories. The Claiming of Space (2nd edition, Routledge, 2012) and related articles and book chapters. I have also made contributions on these topics to major international reference works.

Rural change and development
I have explored the problematic nature of ‘community’ and the issues surrounding the use of partnership working in rural areas in Britain and Ireland. My research has also examined the commodification of place, the uses (and abuses) of heritage and the dual nature of heritage as both cultural product and economic resource. Much of this work has involved applied research undertaken as a member of the Centre for Rural Research at Worcester. I have been involved in various research projects undertaken for a range of statutory bodies and voluntary organisations.

Sport, place and identity
Sport provides much scope for an exploration of themes of identity at various spatial scales. One key dimension is the connections between sportspeople (particularly footballers) and the club or area they represent. I have recently begun to explore some of the intersections, complexities and contradictions of people-place relations that this raises, in a context of increasing migration of sporting talent. A particular focus of research has been on international sports people representing countries other than the one in which they were born or brought up.


Recent Consultancy

Rural people and the land – the case for connections. Commission for Rural Communities (in association with Aberystwyth University and University of Cumbria)

Social and community impacts of changes in the hill farming economy. Commission for Rural Communities.

Work-life balance issues in rural Worcestershire. Adjust the Balance/Worcestershire County Council/Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Skills Council.

Under-represented groups and use of Rights of Way in Worcestershire. Worcestershire County Council.

Worcester Woods Country Park: Perspectives of under-represented groups. Worcestershire County Council.

Cleobury Mortimer and hinterland: Survey of environmental issues. Cleobury Mortimer Partnership/ South Shropshire District Council.


Recent Conference Presentations

Recent Conference Presentations

Storey, D. Which Boys In Green?: Identity Issues In Irish Soccer. Space, Place and Sport conference, Oxford, September 2015.

Storey, D. Re-imagining Market Towns. 8th Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian and American Rural Geographers, Swansea, July 2015.

Storey, D. The In-Humanitarian Present. Waging Endless War. Conference of Irish Geographers, Belfast, May 2015.

Storey, D. Sport, place and identity in contemporary Ireland. Conference of Irish Geographers, Galway, May 2013.

Storey, D. 'New' migrants in the British countryside. 7th Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian and American Rural Geographers, Duck Mountain, July 2011.

Storey, D. Wearing the green. A game of political football. Conference of Irish Geographers, Maynooth, May 2010.

Storey, D.  Answering Ireland’s Call? Sport, place and identity in Ireland. Culture, Media, Sport and Tourism conference, Worcester, March 2010.

Storey, D. "The Irish must have more grandmothers than any other nation”: The Republic of Ireland soccer team and Irish identity. Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Liverpool, October 2009.

Storey, D. Rural development, heritage and place promotion. Landscape and Heritage conference, Worcester, November 2008.

Storey, D. Contemporary approaches to rural development: Lauding the local. Space to Place: The Next Rural Economies workshop, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, May 2008.

Storey, D. Ireland’s Call: Allegiances, acrimony and anthems. Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Study Group Annual Conference, Liverpool, February 2008.

Storey, D. Using the past: Heritage and re-imagining rural places. 6th Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian and American Rural Geographers, Spokane, July 2007.

Storey, D. Heritage, local distinctiveness and rural place promotion. Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007

Storey, D. Transferring national allegiance: Cultural affinity or flag of convenience? Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Study Group Annual Conference, Gregynog, February 2007.

Holmes, M. and Storey, D. National identity and the Republic of Ireland football team. Patriot Games conference, Worcester, June 2006.

Storey, D. Citizen, state and nation. Geographical Association Annual Conference, Manchester, April 2006.




Recent Publications

Storey, D. (2015) State, Geography of, in J. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition), Oxford: Elsevier, Vol 23 356-361

Storey, D. (2015) Territoriality: geographical, in J. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition), Oxford: Elsevier, Vol 24, 221-226

Storey, D. (2014) Football in Africa. Migration, identity and globalisation, Geography Review 27 (4), 2-4.

Storey, D. (2013) Territory and territoriality, in B. Warf (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Geography, New York: Oxford University Press.

Storey, D. (2013) ‘New’ migrants in the British countryside, Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8 (3), 291-302.

Storey, D. (2013) Sport, culture and identity, in C.M Rees (ed.) Changes in Contemporary Ireland: Texts and Contexts, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 80-95.

Storey, D. (2012) Heritage, culture and identity: the case of Gaelic games, in J. Hill, K. Moore and J. Wood (eds), Sport, History and Heritage: An Investigation into the Public Representation of Sport, Boydell and Brewer, 223-234.

Storey, D. (2012) Territories. The Claiming of Space, (2nd edition), London: Routledge.

Storey, D. (2012) Territory, space and society, in P. Daniels, M. Bradshaw, D. Shaw and J. Sidaway (eds) An Introduction to Human Geography (4th edition), Harlow: Prentice Hall, 442-465.

Storey, D. (2012) Land, territory and identity, in I. Convery, G. Corsane and P. Davis (eds) Making Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 11-22.

Holmes, M. and Storey, D. (2011) Transferring national allegiance: cultural affinity or flag of convenience? Sport in Society 14 (2), 253-271.

Storey, D. (2011) Football, place and migration: Foreign footballers in the FA Premier League, Geography 96 (2), 86-94.

Barton, A., Storey, D. and Palmer, C. (2011) A trip in the country? Policing drug use in rural settings, in R.I. Mawby and R. Yarwood (eds) Rural Policing and Policing the Rural. A Constable Countryside? Farnham: Ashgate, 147-158.

Storey, D. (2010) Using the past: heritage and re-imagining rural places, in D.G. Winchell, D. Ramsey, R. Koster and G.M. Robinson (eds) Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Change, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University, 374-383.

Storey, D. (2010) Partnerships, people and place: Lauding the local in rural development, in G. Halseth, S. Markey and D. Bruce (eds) The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in Global Economies, CABI: Wallingford, 155-165.

Storey, D. (2009) Political Geography, in R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography,Volume 8, Oxford: Elsevier, 243-253.

Storey, D. (2009) Rural economic development, in R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 3, Oxford: Elsevier, 210-214.

Download a full publications list.


University Roles and External Responsibilities

University Roles and External Responsibilities

University Roles

Course Leader, BA Human Geography
Member of Centre for Rural Research
Member of International Studies Research Group
Member of UW Research Degrees Board
Member of UW Research Degree Programmes Committee
ISE Research Degrees Co-ordinator
Convenor, ISE Research Seminar Series
Member of ISE Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee
Geography Admissions Tutor
Membership Secretary, UW Branch UCU

External Roles

External Examiner, BSc Geography, University of Northampton 2014- 
External Examiner, BSc Geography, Bath Spa University 2009-2014;
External Examiner, FdSc Tourism Management, Bath Spa University 2009-2011.
Visiting International Fellow, University of Minnesota Duluth (USA), 2012.
External Reviewer, Research Fellowship Scheme, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (Ireland) 2008;
Academic Advisor, Commission for Rural Communities 2007-08;
External Consultant, Higher Education Training and Awards Council (Republic of Ireland) 2004, 2007;
External Examiner BSc Geography, University of Glamorgan 2001-2005;
External Reviewer, Geography, University of Glamorgan 1997, 1998, 2003.
Member of Geographical Society of Ireland
Member of Critical Geography Forum

Manuscript referee and book reviewer for a range of academic journals including:
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Progress in Human Geography
Social and Cultural Geography
Journal of Rural Studies
Sociologia Ruralis
Land Use Policy
European Countryside
Urban Studies
Children’s Geographies
Geography Compass
Geografiska Annaler Series B
Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Irish Geography
Arab World Geographer
Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research