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My doctoral research involves a combination of sensory and environmental histories, focusing on Devon and Cornwall in the nineteenth century. It considers how the sensory experiences of landscapes in these areas were recorded in text. Conceptually and methodologically, it explores the ways in which historians might interrogate texts in order to examine the representations of these embodied experiences. The overall focus of the thesis is on differing experiences of landscape in this period (configured in line with the contexts of class, gender and disability), and the ways in which relations between visitors and locals were shaped by reflection on their sensory experiences. This project is funded by the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Dr Andy Flack (Bristol) and Dr Tim Cooper (Exeter).

I have recently worked on a public facing research project with Dr James Watts and the Bristol Digital Futures Institute on the history of Bristol's gasworks and experiences of gas in the city. 

In the 2022-23 session I am teaching:

  • History in Public (Yr 2, History)
  • Approaching the Past (Yr 1, History)

I have previously taught on: 

  • Wild Things (Yr 2, History)
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (Yr 2, Geography)

I am currently co-director for the Senses and Sensations Arts Faculty Research Group and hold a position on the PGR Committee for the Centre for Environmental Humanities. I previously co-convened the Literary and Visual Landscapes seminar series.

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