Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change


People involved in this project

Principal investigator:


  • Professor David Gerard Moon, Durham University
  • Dr Paul Warde, university of East Anglia
School Humanities
Department Historical Studies
Dates July 2010 - July 2011
Funder AHRC
Collaborator(s) Professor David Gerard Moon, Dr Paul Warde
Contact person Professor Peter Coates

More about this project

The aim of the network workshops is:

- To examine critically what we mean by 'the environment' and 'environmental change' in current and past contexts at local and global levels. Exploring the extent to which our understanding of 'environment' as a concept, and its application at particular moments, is related to the broader societal context, is both sufficiently wide, yet also precise enough, to provide coherence to the overall project. Why are certain problems understood as being ‘environmental’ and what have been the implications of this for the way in which they are addressed? Are there specifically ‘environmental’ narratives and genres that have shaped our thinking around this category and thus our understanding of change? Academics and non-academics alike often treat 'environment' as having self-evident meaning apart from human agency. Yet 'environment' is no less socially, culturally and historically constructed than 'nature' and 'wilderness' (or 'landscape').

- To enable productive exchanges and create a basis for future collaboration between academics and professionals involved in addressing and managing environmental change.

- To accelerate the insertion of environmental history into mainstream historical studies, and in turn inform policy, by raising awareness of its contribution and perspectives within the historical profession.