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Dr Robert Lambert

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MA (Hons) (St Andrews), Master Teaching Programme (Kansas State University), Certificate of Student Learning and Assessment (University of St.Andrews), Certificate of Small Group Teaching (The University of Edinburgh), PhD (St Andrews), Certificate of Supervising Undergraduate Dissertat (University of St.Andrews), Certificate of Managing Your Research Students (University of St.Andrews), Marine Mammal Medic (BDMLR), Fellow (Royal Historical Society FRHistS)
Assistant Professor in Tourism & the Environment

Department: Marketing
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466699
Location: B34 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Dr Rob Lambert is a multi-disciplinary academic at the University of Nottingham, working in environmental history (Department of History, School of Humanities), and tourism, environment and sustainability (Business School). He holds a MA (Hons) in Modern History and a PhD in Environmental History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. From 1998-2000 he held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship at St. Andrews in the field of British environmental history studying the historical relationship between grey seals and people. Rob holds a Senior Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth where he delivered the prestigious Alexander Lecture in 2006, taking as his theme 'contested nature in the modern British countryside'. He has published a number of books: edited collections 'Species History in Scotland' (1998); (with T.C. Smout), 'Rothiemurchus: Nature and People on a Highland Estate 1500-2000' (1999) and with Ian Rotherham, 'Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals' (2011 & 2013); and a research monograph 'Contested Mountains' (2001) about land use conflicts in the Highlands of Scotland; as well as numerous academic book chapters and articles on the changing and complex relationships between Nature and People in Great Britain.

He is a past President of the European Society for Environmental History, and co-edited the leading international journal 'Environment and History' from 2000-2020. He is a script and programme consultant to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol (and other TV indies) working on a range of popular TV and radio wildlife documentaries on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, BBC Scotland, and BBC Radio 4 since 2010. He served on the Steering Committee of the National Forest Company's 'LANDshapes: Heritage in the Making' project. On 3 occasions Rob has served as an IAATO international 'Observer' of sustainable tourism operations in Antarctica writing 35,000 word reports in each instance. In 2013, Rob was elected an Associate Member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy (CEHP) at the University of Stirling. Rob is a Trustee of the Isles of Scilly Museum Association.

Rob has published widely in the popular mass readership press in magazines like 'BBC Wildlife' and 'British Birds', and in books in the 'Seasons' anthology series (2016) by publisher Elliott & Thompson.

Rob is a very keen British and global birdwatcher and cetacean-watcher, with around 30 years of field experience, and is passionate about showing people wildlife. Rob is Vice-President of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust; Community Ambassador for Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust; and was Vice-President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust 2012-2017; as well as serving as a National Ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts movement in their centenary year of 2012. Rob was a Steering Group member of the think-tank New Networks for Nature (N3) 2011-2014.

In 2012, Rob co-founded A Focus on Nature (AFON), the youth conservation network in the UK, now with 3,000+ members. He is a Governor of Five Islands Academy on the Isles of Scilly.

Rob came runner-up in 'Celebrity Wild Brain of Britain' in 2011 & 2012!

Areas of Expertise
Sustainability, Ecotourism, Wildlife Tourism, Nature Tourism, Antarctica, Nature Conservation, Natural History Television, Biodiversity, Tourism & the Environment, Environmental History.


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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I supervise NUBS UG & PG dissertations in Environment and Sustainability topics. I am the module convenor of the following UG and PG modules in NUBS, alongside modules on environmental history in the Department of History, School of Humanities:

BUSI2014 Managing Tourism and the Environment: conflict or consensus?

BUSI4575 Sustainable Tourism Management

Robert is module convenor of the following module(s):


Managing Tourism and the Environment (BUSI2014)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Recent research endeavours have focused on conservation conflicts and so-called conflict species (for example, birds of prey, or predatory mammals); the alien and invasive species debate; the history of mass membership nature conservation organisations in the UK such as the RSPB, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, WWT; societal responses to conservation challenges and biodiversity loss; the rise of a domestic ecotourism agenda in Britain both within the NGO world and private sector; wildlife tourism and biodiversity conservation; marine ecotourism; human impacts and natural changes within species history; the multiple use of land; access and outdoor recreation; ideas of extinction and memory; concepts of rewilding; the history of wildlife and natural history television and radio.

Rob has also compiled 3 International 'Observer' research reports for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) on the current operations and sustainable practices of expedition ships and tour operators in Antarctica.

From 2000-2020, Rob served on the Editorial Board of the international journal 'Environment and History'.

Past research has focused on British environmental history post-1800, with a particular emphasis on species history, landscape history, the history of nature conservation and changing human attitudes to Nature. From 1998-2000, Rob held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship looking at the environmental history of the grey seal in twentieth century Britain. Other work has focused on the environmental history of the Scottish Highlands, the species history of birds and mammals, extinction and memory, conservation conflicts, the history of tourism and outdoor recreation in Britain, the rise of ecotourism and wildlife tourism, etc.
University Administrative Roles
Management Board of the University-wide IRC Life in Changing Environments, 2019-onwards. Co-organiser and host of the annual Nottingham Environment Conference (NEC) held every June.

School Administrative Roles
Summer School Co-Ordinator
University Environmental Ambassador

School and University Committee Memberships
Social and Environmental Responsibility Group 2018


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