Emeritus Prof. Anngret SIMMS

Professor-Emeritus of Historical Geography at the School of Geography and Planning at University College Dublin. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She was a founder member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas and served as joint editor to 2017, when she became consultant editor. Jointly with Ferdinand Opll and Katalin Szende she was convener of the ‘Working – group of Editors of National Towns-atlases’ to 2017. Her recent research is focused on comparative urban historical studies based on data made available by the European Historic Towns Atlas Project.


Recently Published Titles

Joint editor with Howard B. Clarke : Lords and Towns in Medieval Europe: The  European Historic Towns Atlas Project, Ashgate, Farnham, 2015, 552 pages.

‘The European Historic Towns Atlas Project: Origin and Potential’ in see above, pp. 13-32.

joint editor of David Kelly and Tadhg O’Keefe: Youghal, no. 27, Irish  Historic Towns Atlas, Dublin, 2015 .

‘Urban corporate  governance and the shaping of medieval towns’, in Peter J. Larkham and Michael Conzen (eds), Shapers of urban form: explorations in morphological agency, Routledge, 2014.

‘ Education’, in Howard B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty (eds), Maps and Texts. Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas’, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2013, pp. 226 – 235.

2012  ‘ The ‘Long Reformation’ and its impact on the morphology of provincial towns in Ireland’, in P.J. Duffy and Willie Nolan (eds), At the Anvil: Essays in Honour of William J. Smyth, Dublin 2012, pp. 305-325.

‘Paradigm shift: from town foundation to town formation. The scope of historic towns atlases under the crossfire of archaeological research’, in Wilfried Ehbrecht (ed.), Staedteatlanten. Vierjahrzehnte Atlas Arbeit in Europa, Cologne, Weimar and Vienna, 2013, pp. 217-32.

Joint editor of Brian O Dalaigh: Ennis, no. 25, Irish  Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin 2012.

Joint editor of Fiona Gallagher and Marie-Louise Legg: Sligo, no. 24, Irish  Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2012.

‘Unity in diversity: a comparative analysis of thirteenth-century Kilkenny, Kalkar and Sopron’, in: Sean Duffy (editor): Princes, Prelates and Poets in Medieval Ireland. Essays in Honour of Katherine Simms, Dublin, 2011, pp. 107-123.

‘Homogenisierung und Diversifizierung von Kulturlandschaften aus europaeischer Sicht’, in Siedlungsforschung: Archaeologie-Geschichte-Geographie’, 29, Bonn, 2011, pp. 17-35.

Joint editor of Harold O’Sullivan and Raymond Gillespie: Carlingford, no. 23, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 23, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2011.

joint editor of Sarah Gearty, Martin Morris and Fergus O’Ferral: Longford, no. 22, Irish Historic Towns Atlas,  Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2010.

Joint editor of Eamon O’Flaherty: Limerick, no. 21, Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2010.