Institute for Name-Studies
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Research Projects

Recent research in the INS consists principally of etymological survey work, such as the Place-Names of Shropshire project, and interdisciplinary collaborations, such as Flood and Flow, Travel and Communication, Landscapes of Governance and related outputs.

The research contributes to our understanding of medieval perceptions of place, particularly highlighting aspects of linguistic and cultural identity.

For more information about postgraduate research within INS, please see the doctoral research page.

Current projects

Current research projects
Project Principal Investigator Awarding body / Award Period
Survey of English place-names Jayne Carroll British Academy Ongoing
Notts schools and transatlantic slavery PIs: John Baker (INS) (with Sarah Badcock, History). Research England QR 01/12/2020 - 31/03/2021
Staffordshire Placenames Digital Interface Jayne CarrollJohn Baker UoN Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £2.1k 01/04/2020 - 31/07/2021
Enhancing UK Flood Resilience: Past Floods, Present Threats, Future Responses Jayne Carroll Co-I (with Richard Jones, University of Leicester) AHRC, £44.9k 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022
The Staffordshire place-name project Jayne Carroll and John Baker Multiple 2017 – present
Learning the landscape through language: Place-names and childhood education PI: John Baker (INS). Co-I: Jayne Carroll (INS)

AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact, £75.8k; UKRI Covid extension funding, £28.5k

Ongoing. Funded: 01/09/2019 - 30/11/2020
Flood and Flow: Place-names and river system hydrography past, present, future Jayne Carroll (with University of Leicester; University of Wales)

Leverhulme Trust, £49.7k

Ongoing. Funded: 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2018

The Place-Names of Shropshire PI: Jayne Carroll. Co-I: Paul Cavill (with David Parsons, University of Wales, and English Place-Name Society) AHRC, £715k Ongoing. Funded: 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2016


Past projects

Past research projects
Project Principal Investigator Awarding body / Award Period
Review of statues, blue plaques, street plaques and street-names in Nottingham which celebrate individuals directly involved in transatlantic slavery PIs: John Baker (INS) and Sarah Badcock (History). Co-I: Jayne Carroll (INS)

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, £10k (School share £4.4k)

03/08/2020 - 16/10/2020

The Suffolk place-names project Paul Cavill Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England Jayne Carroll Co-I (with Andrew Reynolds, UCL) Leverhulme Trust,£122.6k 01/11/2014 - 31/10/2017
Digital Exposure of English Place-names (DEEP) Jayne Carroll (with Centre for e-Research, King's College London; EDINA and Language Technology Group (LTG), University of Edinburgh; Centre for Data Digitization and Analysis (CDDA), Queen's University Belfast) JISC, £181k 01/11/2011 - 31/07/2013
The Impact of Diaspora in the Making of Britain: Evidence, memory and invention Jayne Carroll (with University of Leicester) Leverhulme, £81.2k 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2015
Landscapes of Governance: Assembly sites in England, 5th-11th centuries Jayne Carroll Co-I (with Andrew Reynolds, UCL; Barbara Yorke, Winchester)
Leverhulme, £119k 19/10/2009 - 18/10/2012
Beyond the Burghal Hidage: Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age PI: Andrew Reynolds (UCL).
Co-I: David Parsons.
Leverhulme Trust and British Academy, £205,648 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2008
Perceptions of Place: English place-name study and regional variety Jayne Carroll and David Parsons AHRC, £330.5k 01/09/2005 - 31/08/2010
A Key to English Place-Names Thorlac Turville-Petre

AHRC, £66.7k; £7.3k

2004; 2005
Vocabulary of English Place-Names Thorlac Turville-Petre 

AHRC, £196.4k; £10.5k

2001 - 2005; 2006
The Whittlewood Project Centre for English Local History (University of Leicester) in collaboration with INS AHRC  
Survey of English Place-Names David Parsons AHRC, £332,000  [1999] – 2004 


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