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Dr Daniel Haines

BA(Oxon.), MA(Manch.), PhD(Lond.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Research interests


Office: G.56, 13 Woodland Road


Office hours in TB1 2019-20: Tuesday 12-1; Wedneseday 12-1. Sign up for an office hour slot here

I work on modern environmental history, focusing on South Asia. Currently I am 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 is researching the political impacts of major earthquakes in several parts of India, Burma and Nepal in the early twentieth century. 

I was also co-investigator on two recent 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-direct the Arts Faculty Centre for Environmental Humanities 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 taxidermy in Bristol Museum and missionaries in Qing China.


I teach second and third undergraduate year units on natural diaster history, environmental histories of empire, and the Partition of India. I coordinate the core second year historiography unit, and teach an interdisciplinary School of Humanities unit on environmental conflict.

I also contribute to the MA units Approaches to History and Themes in Colonialism.

Research interests



Articles and chapters:


Structured keywords and research groupings

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

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Research Output

  • The changing water cycle: the need for an integrated assessment of resilience to changes in water supply in High-Mountain Asia

    Quincey, D., Klaar, M., Haines, D., Lovett, J., Pariyar, B., Gurung, G., Brown, L., Watson, C., England, M. & Evans, B., 18 Feb 2018, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 5, 1, 10 p., e1258.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
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    Topography and the Hydraulic Mission: Water management, river control and state power in Nepal

    Haines, D. & England, M. I., 8 Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Water Resources Development. 40 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)


    Three History Lessons to Help Reduce Damage from Earthquakes

    Daniel Haines (Contributor)

    23 Aug 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    SSAI Decolonizing Natural Resources seminar

    Daniel Haines (Invited speaker), & Majed Akhter (Invited speaker)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Interview with Dr Daniel Haines: Prime Time With Neelum Nawab, Din News

    Daniel Haines (Interviewee)

    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation