Dean and Chief Executive

Professor Roger Kain, CBE, FBA, PhD, DLit (London), is Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of London.

Professor Kain is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He was Montefiore Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter from 1991 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor there for eight years until he took up his post here in 2010. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990 and appointed CBE in 2005.

The focus of Professor Kain's research is the history of maps and mapping. His books include Cadastral Maps in the Service of the State (University of Chicago Press, 1992, winner of the Newberry Library Kenneth Nebenzahl Prize); The Tithe Maps of England and Wales (Cambridge University Press, 1995, reprinted 2011, winner of the Library Association’s McColvin Medal), and British Town Maps: A History (British Library 2015). In 2008 he was appointed editor of Cartography in the Nineteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation).

Professor Kain has served as Secretary and Chair of the Institute of British Geographers' Historical Geography Research Group, as a member of the UUK and HEFCE working groups on research assessment after 2008, and as a founder-member of the Research Information Network Advisory Board.

He was a member of HEFCE's Research Committee from 2009 to 2013 and currently serves on the HEFCE Metrics Review Group and the REF Impact Evaluation Steering Group. Professor Kain was a member of the AHRC Council from 2008 to 2014. For the British Academy, he was chair of the Human Geography and Social Anthropology Section, was founder chair of the Research Grants Committee, and served as Treasurer between 2002 and 2010. He is currently the Academy's Vice-President for Research and Higher Education Policy.