Prof Georgina Endfield BSc MSc PhD

APVC Research and Impact (Humanities and Social Sciences); Professor of Environmental History Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Environmental and climate history

    My research focuses on environmental history, and specifically on climatic history and historical climatology, on human responses to unusual or extreme weather events, conceptualisations of climate variability in historical perspective and the links between climate and the healthiness of place. Much of my work has been concerned with colonial Mexico and nineteenth century Africa though for the past few years I have been working on various projects that focus on British climate history and I am PI on a large multi-institutional Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project exploring historical extreme weather events in UK history. I am currently President of the International Commission for the History of Meteorology, Editor of The Anthropocene Review, and I am a member of the Advisory Group for the AHRC's 'Care for the Future: thinking forward through the past' theme. I would be interested in hearing from potential PhD students with interests in climate and environmental history, the history of meteorology and the relationship between climate, health and wellbeing in histrorical perspective.

    Selected record of research funding
    2016-2018: Arts and Humanities Research Council Co I Narratives of environmental risk: fate, luck and fortune £27,000 (with Esther Eidinow, Classics, Nottingham)
    2013-2017: Arts and Humanities Research Council PI Spaces of experience and horizons of expectation: the implications of extreme weather events, past, present and future £1,006.000 incl FEC) (Co –I’s Sarah Davies and Cerys Jones, Aberystwyth, Neil Macdonald, Liverpool and Simon Naylor, Glasgow)
    2013-2016: Arts and Humanities Research Council Co I The Power and the Water: environmental connectivities £860,000 (with Peter Coates, Bristol and Paul Warde, Cambridge)
    2012-2013: Arts and Humanities Research Council PI Weather walks, weather talks: exploring popular climate histories and futures, £73, 274 (Co Is Gary Priestnall, Nottingham and Simon Naylor, Glasgow)
    2012-2013: Arts and Humanities Research Council PI Snow Scenes: exploring the role of place in weather memory £60,000 (Co Is Gary Priestnall, Nottingham, Simon Naylor, Glasgow)
    2010-2013: Leverhulme Trust Co I, Societal responses to El Niño-related climate extremes in southern Africa, £193,063 (with David Nash, Brighton and Dominic Kniveton, Sussex)
    2010-2011: Arts and Humanities Research Council. PI Cultural Spaces of Climate Network (Researching Environmental Change Network) £23,873 (Co I Carol Morris, Nottingham)
    2007-2010: British Academy Co I Amateur meteorology and the production of contemporary climate knowledge £6000 (with Carol Morris, University of Nottingham)
    2005-2008: Leverhulme Trust PI Multidisciplinary investigations of climate change in Mexico £47,054.
    2006: Royal Geographical Society- with the Institute of British Geographers Global Change initiative (Drying out: climate, water and society in central Mexico. £7000 (with Sarah Metcalfe, Nottingham) and Sarah Davies, Aberystwyth)
    2005- 2007: Leverhulme Trust Awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize for Geography £50,000
    2003-2004: British Academy PI. Women missionaries, climate and health in 19th century southern Africa £3784 (with Co I Dr. David Nash, Brighton)
    1999-2000: British Academy Co-I Reconstructing regional climatic histories in the Kalahari £2602 (with Dr. David Nash, Brighton)
    2000- 2003: Arts and Humanities Research Board PI Agrarian responses to extreme climatic events in central Mexico: 1521-1821 £128,519 (Co I Sarah O’Hara, Nottingham)
    2000- 2002: Arts and Humanities Research Board Co I, The Pristine myth re-visited: pre- and post-Hispanic landscape change in Michoacán, Mexico £140,000 (with Sarah Metcalfe, Edinburgh, now Nottingham)

    Research Grants
    • "Spaces of experience and horizons of expectation": the implications of extreme weather events, past, present and future
    • The Power and the Water: Connecting Pasts and Futures
    • Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin: interdisciplinary approaches to understanding a complex medical phenomenon
    • Weathering the storm: TEMPEST and engagement with the national weather memory
    • Narratives of Environmental Risk: Fate, Luck and Fortune

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