Dr Timothy Cooper
Head of Humanities Penryn, Senior Lecturer
I am a social and environmental historian of modern Britain. My research explores the changing relationship between society and the environment in modern Britain. I am particularly interested how this relationship is expressed in culture and politics. I use a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to these issues, including oral history. My work tries to blend empirical historical practice and social theory.
My current research project grapples with the problem of the environment and everyday life. Previous projects have studied urban change and popular politics in nineteenth-century London, and the historical political ecology of waste as both material and ideological problem in modernity.
I am presently Head of the Discipline of Humanites at the Penryn Campus.
My research explores social and cultural history of attitudes towards the environment in modern Britain. This includes popular or everyday attitudes towards the environment, science, technology and the state. I am also interested in the wider cultural aspects of environmental 'ideology', particularly as this is formed and transmitted in popular cultural forms such as the adventure novel.
Recent Conference Papers:
- 'Time, Memory and Environmental Activism', University of Paris-Sorbonne, 2017
- 'The Oral History of the Torrey Canyon Disaster', University of Valencia, 2016
- 'Popular Scepticism of Science in Modern Britain', Technology, Environment and Modern Britain, UCL, 2016
- 'An Oral History of the Torrey Canyon Disaster', Historical Association, Plymouth University, 2016
- 'Narrating Catastrophe: Oral and Fictional Histories of the Torrey Canyon Oil Disaster', Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, University of Cambridge, 2015
- 'Boffins and Bureaucrats: Contested Environmental Knowledge in the Torrey Canyon Disaster', Oral History Society Annual Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2015
- 'Capitalism and the Antinomies of Everyday Environmentalism: The Case of the Torrey Canyon', Capitalism and the Environment, University of Chicago, Paris, 2015
- 'The Contradictions of Victorian Sustainability', BAVS Annual Conference, University of Kent, 2014
- 'Wasting, Urban Rhythym and Everyday Environmentalism in Modern Britain', The Urbanisation of Nature, TU University, Darmstadt, 2014
I am always keen to discuss possible PhD or Master by Research supervisions across the broad field of modern social, cultural and environmental history. I have supervised students on topics ranging from creative writing and the archive to sociological studies of modern Cornish identity.
As a diverse group of scholars in literary and historical studies, the Department of Humanities at the Penryn Campus offers an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for postgraduate students in the humanities.
- Annabel Banks, Poetry and the Archive (completed 2016)
- Richard Harris, Civil Society in Cornwall (completed 2016)