Dr Timothy Cooper

Research interests

I am presently researching the social histories of nature and the environment in modern Britain. I am particularly interested in the interractions between the experience of everyday life and discourse of environmental concern. My most recent work has used oral history to explore the relationship between environmental consciousness and popular memories of the Torrey Canyon oil disaster.

I have also worked on the historical political ecology of waste, and the entanglement of technology, ideology and everyday life in the historical development of ideas of environmental risk.

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Research Funding:

  • 2010-2011, 'Refuse Tipping, Exposure and Risk in Twentieth-century Britain, 1919-1939', Wellcome Trust
  • 2012, 'Expertise and Environmental Justice: Technological Change and the Politics of Waste Disposal in Twentieth Century Britain', British Society for the History of Science
  • 2011-2013, 'Catastrophe, Community and Environment: The Impact of the Torrey Canyon Oil Disaster on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly', British Academy