Who We Are

The EHW Organising Committee

The EHW Organising Committee is responsible for the organisation of the Workshop. Members serve for one year and then become part of the Organising Collective. If you are interested in joining the organising committee, please contact us.

The EHW 2020 organisers were:

Dr Chris Pearson


After working at the University of Bristol and the University of Warwick, I joined the University of Liverpool in September 2012. My research interests lie predominantly in environmental and cultural history. They focus on modern French history, the environmental history of war and animal history. My doctoral research and subsequent monograph form the first environmental history of Vichy France and outline the material and cultural importance of nature during the ‘dark years’ and their aftermath. This led to postdoctoral work on French and transnational militarized landscapes and my second monograph on the environmental history of war and militarization in France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. My current project ‘Dogopolis: Dogs, Humans, and the Making of Modern Cities’ explores the role and presence of dogs as workers, pets, pests, and beyond in nineteenth and twentieth century London, New York and Paris.

Dr Shirley Ye

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I am a global historian of modern China, with teaching and research interests that span from early times to the present. My book manuscript entitled Engineering the Environment: The Internationalisation of Water Control in Modern China looks at the role global engineers, diplomats, and capital played in shaping late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century hydraulic management in China. The case studies in the book centre around the rivers leading to the treaty ports, the Grand Canal, a tributary of the Yellow River in Shaanxi, and tertiary education in the Republican period. My work has been supported by the Fulbright IIE, Fulbright DDRA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, and the British Academy. I am based at the University of Birmingham

Ms Alice Harvey-Fishenden

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Alice Harvey-Fishenden is an interdisciplinary researcher, currently based in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool with experience of working across a variety of disciplines, including English, History, Archaeology, Physical and Human Geography. Her PhD research has focused on developing a better understanding of the societal impacts of droughts in the past, and how archive documents can be used to learn more about droughts and other extreme weather conditions.

Dr Dominic Berry


Dominic Berry is Research Fellow on the Narrative Science project, a history and philosophy of science project based at the LSE: https://www.narrative-science.org/ He has a background in the history of agriculture and agricultural science, which in recent years has continued to develop towards the history of biological engineering. In 2019 he won a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award which supported a two-day workshop hosting scholars whose work addresses intersections of the history of environment, technology, and theories of narrative. Videos of many of the presentations from that workshop can now be viewed here: https://www.narrative-science.org/videos-from-narrative-science-in-techno-environments-workshop.html