Katie Burton

Against the advice of, well, pretty much everyone, Katie Burton left a lucrative career in corporate law to pursue her dream of working in environmental journalism. Having completed a Master’s degree in magazine journalism at City University, she joined Geographical in 2018 as production editor and then staff writer. She took over as editor in 2020 but still enjoys writing features when she’s not editing other people’s.


Review: Ritual by Dimitris Xygalatas

Review: Ritual by Dimitris Xygalatas

Jun 25, 2022

A man practices fire walking in Kandy, Sri Lanka Katie Burton reviews Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth…

Douglas David Seifert on a lifetime of underwater photography

Douglas David Seifert on a lifetime of underwater photography

Jun 17, 2022
Underwater photographer Douglas David Seifert observes the underwater world and captures the wonders of the waves
Review: Inside Qatar by John McManus

Review: Inside Qatar by John McManus

May 17, 2022
It’s hard to know what to make of Qatar, although that’s not the fault of McManus, whose writing is entertaining, in-depth and compassionate
Review: A Natural History of the Future by Rob Dunn

Review: A Natural History of the Future by Rob Dunn

May 17, 2022
Dunn’s conclusions are often alarming, but he does also provide suggestions and solutions to what we are doing to the planet
Review: Control by Adam Rutherford

Review: Control by Adam Rutherford

May 13, 2022
Katie Burton reviews Adam Rutherford’s new book, Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics, published by W&N
Should we mine the deep-sea floor?

Should we mine the deep-sea floor?

Feb 17, 2022
The ocean floor is rich in metals and minerals crucial to the net zero transition – but should we be mining there before we truly explore?
Review: The Power of Geography by Tim Marshall

Review: The Power of Geography by Tim Marshall

May 21, 2021
A review of Tim Marshall’s latest book The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World, published by Elliot & Thompson
A country divided: why England’s North–South divide is getting worse

A country divided: why England’s North–South divide is getting worse

May 5, 2021
England has long suffered from a North–South divide. Despite numerous attempts to tackle it, the rift shows no signs of healing.
New world map projection minimises 2D inaccuracies

New world map projection minimises 2D inaccuracies

Apr 16, 2021
A new, double-sided projection of the world seeks to minimise the inaccuracies of flattening the globe into a 2D map
Can the tourism industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

Can the tourism industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

Sep 3, 2020
The cessation of tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the industry to a standstill. Can the tourism sector recover?
Geo explainer: What is the ozone layer and what’s happening to it?

Geo explainer: What is the ozone layer and what’s happening to it?

Jun 3, 2020
Concerns about the hole in the ozone layer have diminished as levels of ozone-depleting chemicals have fallen, but research is still ongoing.
Mapping the curve: how GIS is helping the Covid-19 response

Mapping the curve: how GIS is helping the Covid-19 response

Apr 27, 2020
GIS mapping is proving a crucial tool in monitoring global Covid-19 cases, communicating data and predicting outbreaks.
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