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Research interests


Office: G.56, 13 Woodland Road

Email: Daniel.Haines@bristol.ac.uk

Between 2021-2023 I am a knowledge exchange fellow at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. My working days at the University of Bristol are Wednesday mornings and Fridays. 

I work on modern environmental history, focusing on South Asia. Recently I was principal investigator on the project 'Broken Ground: Earthquakes, Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia, c. 1900-1960', funded by the AHRC (AH/P014577/1). Our team researched the political impacts of major earthquakes in several parts of India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal in the early twentieth century. 

I was also co-investigator on two Global Challenges Research Fund Building Resilience seed projects:

  • BRACE ('Building Bhutanese Resilience Against Cataclysmic Events’) (NERC NE/P016219/1) - on historical earthquakes in Bhutan
  • HARVEST ('High-mountain Asia - building Resilience to water Variability using Experiments, Surveys and accounts of Tradition’) (NERC NE/P016146/1) - on water use and sustainability in eastern Nepal

My previous major projects focused on rivers in Pakistan and India - whether damming them (my first book) or struggles between nations and political groupings to control them (my new, second book; US edition here).

Through these and other projects I have interests in spatial history, colonialism and decolonisation, international relations, and interdisciplinary links with political geography.

I co-founded and co-directed the Arts Faculty Centre for Environmental Humanities from 2017-2021, and was a managing member of the AHRC Research Network on 'Risk, Hazards, Disasters and Cultures: Exploring an Integrated Humanities, Natural Sciences and Disaster Studies Approach' (AH/N009436/1; network blog here).

Research Supervision

I welcome research students working on colonial and post-colonial history, especially of South Asia; decolonization history; natural disasters; and environmental history more broadly. Current and recent postgraduate research students' topics include mountaineering in colonial India, the Catholic community in Shanghai, the East India Company's role in China, taxidermy in Bristol Museum, and missionaries in Qing China.


I teach on undergraduate and MA units including natural diaster history, environmental histories of empire, and global history. 

Research interests

Selected Publications

(Please click on Research Outputs, above, for a full list)


Articles and chapters:


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research


  • Environmental history
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Water politics
  • Borders
  • Sovereignty
  • Political geography
  • International relations


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