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Dr Timothy Cooper

Head of Humanities Penryn, Senior Lecturer

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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.

Research interests

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:

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Research supervision

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.

Research students

  • Annabel Banks, Poetry and the Archive (completed 2016)
  • Richard Harris, Civil Society in Cornwall (completed 2016)