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Georgina Endfield

Professor of Environmental History, Faculty of Social Sciences

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My research sits at the nexus of environmental and historical geography. I am interested in human-environmental interactions, climatic history and historical climatology, on human responses to… read more

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Current Research

My research sits at the nexus of environmental and historical geography. I am interested in human-environmental interactions, climatic history and historical climatology, on human responses to unusual or extreme weather events, conceptualisations of climate variability in historical perspective and the links between climate and the healthiness of place. Much of my work has been concerned with colonial Mexico and nineteenth century Africa though for the past few years I have been working on various projects that focus on British climate history. This research has involved work on local weather memories, extreme weather histories, popular engagement with local weather, the role of place in weather memory, contemporary and historical amateur meteorology and climate change communication through popular weather experiences and stories.

I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2005.

I am Editor of The Anthropocene Review, published by Sage and I am also currently President of the International Commission for the History of Meteorology (2014-2017).

Current Research Projects

I am PI of a major (£1 million) project funded through the AHRC's Care for the Future theme, investigating extreme weather histories in the UK. The project, entitled "Spaces of Experience and Horizons of Expectation: the Implications of Extreme Weather Events Past, Present and Future" is being conducted with co-investigators Simon Naylor (Glasgow), Sarah Davies and Cerys Jones (Aberystwyth) and Neil MacDonald (Liverpool). It is supported by partner organisations English Heritage, ACRE (Met Office) and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). There are three post doctoral research fellows working on the project -Lucy Veale (Nottingham), Marie-Jeanne Royer (Aberystwyth) and James Bowen (Liverpool).

see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/weather-extremes/index.aspx

This research follows on from two previous AHRC funded projects in which I was investigating popular weather conceptualsations- "Weather walks and weather talks" and "Snow scenes: the role of place in popular weather memory". Both projects were in conjunction with the RGS-IBG and The Royal Meteorological Society and were conducted with colleagues Gary Priestnall, Lucy Veale and Sam Meek (Nottingham) and Simon Naylor (Glasgow).

see: https://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/snowscenes/

I am also Co I on another large AHRC grant with colleagues Peter Coates (Bristol) and Paul Warde (UEA) entitled "The Power and the Water: Connecting Environmental Pasts and Futures". My role is to head up one of the three strands of this project, focusing on the subterranean heritage of Derbyshire's lead mining soughs. Carry van Lieshout is the research fellow on this project.

For further information contact georgina.endfield@nottingham.ac.uk

Past Research

I was awarded an AHRC 'Researching Environmental Change' Network grant (with Co I Carol Morris). The Network, which is on the theme of "Cultural spaces of climate", will run in partnership with The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the Royal Meteorological Society and involved a series of workshops held between July 2010 and July 2011. The workshops have resulted in several outputs including a special, guest edited issue of Climatic Change.

I was co-investigator (With David Nash, Brighton) on a Leverhulme Trust Funded project exploring socio-economic responses to El Nino events in Southern Africa in the nineteenth century ( see http://www.brighton.ac.uk/ensoafrica/team.html). (2010-2013).

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