Cultural, urban, and environmental geography with particular emphasis on landscape, infrastructure, and bio-diversity
Matthew Gandy was born in Islington, North London. He is a cultural, urban, and environmental geographer with particular interests in landscape, infrastructure, and more recently bio-diversity. The historical scope of his work extends from the middle decades of the nineteenth century to the recent past. His research ranges from aspects of environmental history, including epidemiology, to contemporary intersections between nature and culture including the visual arts.
His books include Concrete and clay: reworking nature in New York City (MIT Press, 2002), winner of the 2003 Spiro Kostof award for the book within the previous two years "that has made the greatest contribution to our understanding of urbanism and its relationship with architecture" and The fabric of space: water, modernity, and the urban imagination (The MIT Press, 2014), which was awarded the 2014 AAG Meridian Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. Other recent publications include Moth in the Reaktion animal series and an edited collection entitled The Acoustic City. Matthew is currently writing a research monograph on urban bio-diversity and also completing a documentary film about post-war nature in Berlin.
Before arriving at Cambridge, Matthew also worked at University College London and the University of Sussex. He was Founder and Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory (2005-11) and since 2013 he has been co-editor of The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Matthew has been a visiting scholar at several international universities including Columbia University, New York; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Technical University, Berlin; the Humboldt University, Berlin; and the University of the Arts, Berlin