Scotland’s secret tunnel under the Forth, 50 years old and forgottenThe Guardian 30th April 2014

Scottish referendum: why Chomsky’s yes is more interesting than Bowie’s no, The Guardian 25th April 2014

Why Anti-Nationalists Should Vote YesBella Caledonia 21 March 2014

The Hebridean guga hunt is ‘ancient and sustainable’, not a crime, The Guardian 27 January 2014

The World Is Not Scottish,  Bella Caledonia 24 January 2014

Dark Side of the Moon, Aeon Magazine, 15 November 2013

Unwilding ScotlandBella Caledonia: Closer, September 2013

Thanks to the Independence vote, Scottish politics is fun again, The Guardian, 4th September 2013

Edinburgh zoo’s (possibly) pregnant panda and the economics of captivity, The Guardian 9th August 2013

Scotland’s modernist buildings die another death as Inverkip’s vast chimney falls, The Guardian 26th July 2013

Against Scottish Wildness Bella Caledonia, 17th July 2013.

Pandas have saved Edinburgh zoo from extinction – but what for?, The Guardian, 9th May 2013.

Let’s keep Cockenzie, Scotland’s modernist cathedral of power, The Guardian, 6th March 2013.

Musicians and artists rally to save Glasgow’s stone circle, The Guardian, 18th January 2013.

Waiting for Malina Crater, London Review of Books blog, 3rd October 2012.

Paul Strand’s Hebrides: subtle, sensitive with a dash of Marxist steel, The Guardian, 20th September 2012.


MACDONALD, F., Hughes, R., and Dodds, K., eds. (2010) Observant States: geopolitics and visual culture, I.B. Tauris, London.


MACDONALD, F. (2014) The Ruins of Erskine Beveridge, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers link here

MACDONALD, F. (2011) ‘Doomsday Fieldwork, or, How to Rescue Gaelic Culture? The salvage paradigm in geography, archaeology and folklore, 1955-1962’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(2) 309-335. [download PDF 1.6mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2008) ‘Space and the Atom: on the popular geopolitics of Cold War rocketry’, Geopolitics, 13.4, 611-634. [download PDF 0.7mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2007) ‘Anti-Astropolitik: outer space and the orbit of geography’, Progress in Human Geography 31.5, pp. 592-615. [download PDF 0.4 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2006) ‘Geopolitics and ‘the vision thing’: regarding Britain and America’s first nuclear missile’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30: pp. 53-71. [download PDF 0.4 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2006) ‘The last outpost of Empire: Rockall and the Cold War’ Journal of Historical Geography, 32, pp. 627-647. [download PDF 0.4 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2005) ‘On the value of historical ethnography’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 24.2: pp. 159-181. [a colloquium on Susan Parman’s Scottish Crofters]

MACDONALD, F. (2004) ‘Paul Strand and the Atlanticist Cold War’ History of Photography 28.4: pp. 356-373. [download PDF 0.5 mb]

MACDONALD, F. and Cumbers, A. (2002) ‘When Brown was Red’, Soundings 12 (edited by Doreen Massey, Stuart Hall and Michael Rustin) 13: pp. 64-78.

Lorimer, H. and MACDONALD, F. (2002) ‘A rescue archaeology, Taransay, Scotland’ Cultural Geographies 9: pp. 95-102. [download PDF 0.3 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2002) ‘Towards a spatial theory of worship: some observations from Presbyterian Scotland’, Social and Cultural Geography, 3.1: pp. 65-84. [download pdf 1.0 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2001) ‘St Kilda and the Sublime’, Ecumene, 8.2: pp. 151-174. [awarded the Royal Historical Society David Berry Prize] [download pdf 1.5 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2000) ‘Scenes of Ecclesiastical Theatre in the Free Church of Scotland, 1981-2000’, Northern Scotland, 20: pp. 125-148.

MACDONALD, F. (1998) ‘Viewing Highland Scotland: ideology, representation and the ‘natural heritage’’, Area, 30.3: pp. 237-244.


MACDONALD, F. (2012) ‘Visuality’ in Human Geography volume 2, edited by Derek Gregory and Noel Castree, Sage, London, pp. 345-355 dowload pdf 0.1 mb]

MACDONALD, F. (2011) ‘Patrick Geddes and the optic of geography’, in S. Daniels, D. DeLyser, J. Ketchum and D. Richardson (eds.) Envisioning Landscapes, Making Words: Geography and the Humanities, Routledge, London, pp  269-279.

MACDONALD, F. Dodds, K. and Hughes, R (2010) ‘Introduction: envisioning geopolitics’, in F. MacDonald, K. Dodds and R. Hughes (eds) Observant States: geopolitics and visual culture, I B Tauris, London

MACDONALD, F. (2010) ‘Perpendicular sublime: on rocketry and the Cold War’, in F. MacDonald, K. Dodds and R. Hughes (eds) Observant States: geopolitics and visual culture, I B Tauris, London

MACDONALD, F. (2010) ‘Visuality’ in N. Thrift and R. Kitchin (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier

MACDONALD, F. (2010) ‘High Empire: rocketry and the popular geopolitics of space exploration, 1944-1962, in James R Ryan and Simon Naylor (eds) New Spaces of Exploration: Geographies of Discovery in the Twentieth Century, I B Tauris, London (accepted 14 June 2007)

MACDONALD, F. (2002) ‘The Scottish Highlands as Spectacle’ in Coleman, S and Crang, M (eds) Tourism: between place and performance, Bergahn, Oxford, pp. 54-72.


MACDONALD, F. (2003) ‘Sublime geographies, situated histories’ in Makrolab [exhibition catalogue essay for the Venice Biennale], Arts Catalyst, London, pp. 15-17.

MACDONALD, F. (2000) Producing space in Presbyterian Scotland: Highland worship in theory and practice, Arkleton Research Paper No.2, University of Aberdeen. 35 pp. ISSN 1472 3824.

Price, M. MACDONALD, F. and Nuttall, I (1999) Review of UK Biosphere Reserves, Report prepared for UK Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions / UNESCO, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford: i-vi + 84pp.