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Professor in Human Geography, University of Sydney

Bill Pritchard is a human geographer. His research and teaching addresses the ways that economic, social and cultural processes create the specificities of place and space.

His research focuses on the geographies of global change in agriculture, food and rural places. He remains a skeptical internationalist - believing in the promise of a better world but frustrated by the obstacles that beset this objective.

Dr Pritchard has undertaken research for a number of leading national and international organisations, and his work is cited widely within professional circles. He is an author of two books, an editor of a further four, and has published almost 50 refereed articles and chapters. He has been engaged in several major consulting research projects, and given over 50 conference presentations. He is an active member and former convenor of the Agri-Food Research Network, and a member of the Australian Research Council Research Network on Spatially Integrated Social Sciences. Bill Pritchard is on the executive committees for the International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Space, and the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on the Sociology of Food and Agriculture.

Dr Pritchard carries with him a geographer's passion to understand our world. His philosophy is to eschew abstract modelling in favour of approaches with seek to appraise how the cluttter of geographical circumstances forges new places and systems.


  • 1998–present
    Associate Professor, University of Sydney


  • 1995 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Geography

Research Areas

  • Human Geography (1604)
  • Economic Geography (160401)