The EHW Organising Collective is made up of previous event organisers, and exists to provide support to future Environmental History Workshop organisers.
Dr Jennifer Keating
Jennifer is a historian of late imperial and early Soviet Russia, working on the mechanisms of imperial expansion and collapse. Her research interests lie in the social and environmental history of settler societies at the edges of the empire – regions where land and resources very often acquired charged significance for both locals and the Russian state. She is currently a Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, where, alongside completing a book manuscript on political ecologies of empire in tsarist Central Asia, she is working on a new project that examines environmental violence during the Russian civil war period.
Dr John Morgan
John is an environmental and social historian of early modern Britain. He works on the history of flooding and water management, and is part of an AHRC project on the history of Internal Drainage Boards. His previous work has focussed on urban fires in the seventeenth century and the Elizabethan religious settlement. John is also interested in the history of pigeons in the early modern Atlantic world. He is lecturer in early modern history at the University of Manchester, where among other things he teaches ‘Fire, Famine and Flood: An Environmental History of England, 1500-1800’.
Elly Robson is the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. She is in the final stages of a thesis at the University of Cambridge, looking at social, environmental, and intellectual conflict in the seventeenth-century fens. Elly is also an Editorial Fellow at History Workshop Online, an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, and a Fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.
Dr Leona Skelton
Leona Skelton is an environmental historian of water infrastructure, rivers and reservoirs in Britain between 1500 and the present. After completing a PhD at Durham in 2012 on sanitation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Edinburgh and York, published by Routledge in 2016 as Sanitation in Urban Britain, she completed two Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded post-doctoral research projects at the universities of York and Bristol on the environmental history of Kielder Reservoir and the River Tyne respectively. Between 2015 and 2016, she worked as a Research Assistant on an interdisciplinary water research project with civil engineers and social scientists at Sheffield University before joining Northumbria University in 2016 as Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Humanities. She recently published her second monograph with White Horse Press, Tyne after Tyne, and is currently working on two research projects: 1) the environmental history of northern English brewing between 1600 and 1830 and 2) as Co-Investigator on an AHRC-funded project, ‘Past Floods Matter‘ with the Environment Agency and other partners in Cumbria.
Dr James Bowen