Department of Geography


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Samuel Pitman

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography
  • Role Title: Recently completed MRes researcher
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Science


I completed my undergraduate degree studying Environmental Geography at the University of Portsmouth in 2016. My main research interests lie within historical cartography, however I do also have a keen interest in the environment. 

Outside of my studies at the University, I have experience working as a coastal surveyor with the Channel Coastal Observatory. Through this I have gained practical experience with skills that were covered in my undergraduate course, and have gained practical experience in land surveying using GNSS equipment.

Teaching Responsibilities

Currently I have no teaching responsibilities within the department, but I hope to be able to assist alongside my research responsibilities.


My current research is part of the wider Forgotten Fields project looking into the mid-nineteenth century tithe maps of the River Rother region of West Sussex working closely with the South Downs National Park and the National Trust. My personal research will be focusing on applying the ‘open-closed’ settlement model to the region. This revolves around the impact major landowners and the 19th century poor laws had on population structures. The evidence found within the maps will be used to classify the settlements according to this model; this is particularly relevant for the Rother valley region due to the presence of the three great estates: Cowdrey, Petworth and Uppark. Dr Alastair Pearson and Dr Phil Soar are supervising my research this year.