Prof. John A Schembri

Prof. John A Schembri

Prof. John A Schembri

 B.A.(Melit),M.A.(Dunelm),Ph.D.(Dunelm),D.Educ,h.c,(Liv Hope)F.R.G.S.,C.Geog.


Room 120
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2292
John A. Schembri is a Professor at the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. He read Contemporary Mediterranean Studies and History as an undergraduate at the University of Malta. This was followed by post-graduate studies at Durham University from where he obtained an M.A. in the Geography of the Middle East and the Mediterranean and later a Ph.D. through the Department of Geography also at Durham. In 2016 he was conferred Doctor of Education (honoris causa) by Liverpool Hope University for his contribution to Geography. John is a Fellow and a Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and lectures mainly in human geography, contributes regularly to lectures at the International Ocean Institute and his recent publications and on-going research interests deal mainly with the coasts and historical geography.
  • Coasts, including ports and harbours,
  • Mid-19th century demographic variables
  • Early 20th century cartography
  • Geo-physical hazards

FURLANI, S., GAUCI, R., DEVOTO, S. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2019. Filfla: a case study of the effect of target practice on coastal landforms. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 261-271.

GAUCI, R. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2019. Landscapes and landforms of the Maltese islands. New York, NY: New York, NY : Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

GAUCI, R. and SCHEMBRI, J., 2019. From outcrops to maps: the birth of geological maps of the Maltese Islands in the 19th century-Part 2. Malta Map Soc J, 1(4), pp. 40-47.

SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2019. The geographical context of the Maltese Islands. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 9-17.

SCHEMBRI, J.A. and SPITERI, S.C., 2019. By gentlemen for gentlemen—Ria coastal landforms and the fortified imprints of Valletta and its harbours. In: R. GAUCI and J.A. SCHEMBRI, eds, Landscapes and Landforms of the Maltese Islands. Switzerland: Springer, pp. 69-78.

MAIN, G., SCHEMBRI, J., GAUCI, R., CRAWFORD, K., CHESTER, D. and DUNCAN, A., 2018. The hazard exposure of the Maltese Islands. Natural Hazards, 92(2), pp. 829-855.

SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2018. The geographies of the Sceberras peninsula: examining its physical contours, S. BORG, J. BORG and D. MALLIA, eds. In: History Week 2015: the 1565 Great Siege, the Founding of Valletta and their lasting effects, 2015 2018, pp. 22.

GAUCI, R. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2017. From outcrops to maps: the birth of geological maps of the Maltese Islands in the 19th century – Part I. Malta Map Society Journal, 1(2), pp. 16-26.

SCHEMBRI, J.A., GAUCI, R., FURLANI, S. and MIZZI, R., 2017. Malta in the First World War: An appraisal through cartography and local newspapers. In: J. WALLIS and D. HARVEY, eds, Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary. UK: Routledge, pp. 68-82.

CORATZA, P., GAUCI, R., SCHEMBRI, J., SOLDATI, M. and TONELLI, C., 2015. Bridging Natural and Cultural Values of Sites with Outstanding Scenery: Evidence from Gozo, Maltese Islands. Geoheritage Journal, 8, pp. 91-103.

SCHEMBRI, J.A. and GAUCI, R., 2015. Malta and Gozo in a 1907 Public Works Series of Sketches of Villages – A study of street patterns, hachures and lost coastlines. Malta Map Society Newsletter, 3(1), pp. 56-64.

GAUCI, R. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2014. Maltese coastal salt pans: Measurement, Mapping and Management of Xwejni Salt Pans at Marsalforn, Gozo, F. BENINCASA, ed. In: Proceedings -  Fifth International Symposium Monitoring on Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems and Measurement Techniques, Livorno (Italy), 17- 19 June 2014, CNR-IBIMET, pp. 205.

SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2014. "hemme ard bayda v hemme ard seude et hamyra" – kif il-Ġeografija tgħinna nifhmu l-Kantilena. Il- Malti rivista tal-akkademja tal-malt. Malta: Klabb Kotba Maltin, pp. 55-69.

DEIDUN, A., GAUCI, R., SCHEMBRI, J.A., SEGINA, E., GAUCI, A., GIANNI, F., GUTIERREZ, J.A., SCIBERRAS, A. and SCIBERRAS, J., 2013. Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean). Journal of Coastal Research, 2(65), pp. 1757-1761.

DEVOTO, S., BIOLCHI, S., BRUSCHI, V.M., DÍEZ, A.G., MANTOVANI, M., PASUTO, A., PIACENTINI, D., SCHEMBRI, J.A. and SOLDATI, M., 2013. Landslides along the north-west coast of the Island of Malta. Landslide science and practice. Springer, pp. 57-63.

FARRUGIA, S. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2013. Wind funneling underneath the Hagar Qim protective shelter. Malta Archaeological Review, 9, pp. 51-59.

SCHEMBRI, J.A. and ATTARD, M., 2013. The Foreigner Counts: a spatio-temporal analysis ofoccupiers, immigrants and expatriates in Malta. Ars & Humanitas: Journal of Arts and Humanities, 7(2), pp. 119-134.

ATTARD, M. and SCHEMBRI, J.A., 2012. Malta: GIS and geography teaching in the context of educational reform. International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools. Springer, pp. 157-167.

  • GEO1005 - The Geography of Populations: Concepts and Theories
  • GEO2000 - Geology
  • GEO2014 - Academic Writing and Research Methods in Geography
  • GEO3004 - Economic Geography
  • GEO3006 - Urbanisation and Development
  • GEO3096 - The Geography of the Rural Environment: Agriculture and Food Production
  • GEO5012 - Cultural and Geographic Landscapes in Tourism
  • GSC5103 - Multilateral Diplomacy and International Rule-making and Regional Sea Governance Policy Simulation Exercise