Dr Nicola Whyte

Research interests

  • The agrarian and social history of Britain especially: regional economies and agrarian change; management of resources; meanings of custom and improvement; popular politics and conflict; non-elite experiences and meanings of landscape.
  • Landscape and environmental history of Britain, including farming practices, proto-industrial activities and urbanisation.
  • Theoretical approaches to landscape, place, memory and identity.
  • Everyday landscapes and the household, gender relations, the material and spatial configurations of dwelling.
  • Landscape and memory, the uses of the past in the past; patterns of appropriation, re-interpretation and re-use; the identification and treatment of material mnemonics; the embodied experiences of landscape, boundaries and boundedness, oral narratives, everyday knowledge and practices of place. 


Research collaborations

I am currently collaborating on two large, multi-disciplinary research projects: 

The Past in its Place http://pastplace.exeter.ac.uk (ERC 2012-2017), led by Prof Philip Schwyzer (English, Exeter)

Stories of Change: exploring energy and community in the past, present and future (AHRC 2014-2017), led by Dr Joe Smith (OU)

Previous project collaborations include:

Journeys through Environmental Change: Narratives by and for Communities (2013). Project development grant awarded by the AHRC to build an interdisciplinary research collaboration dealing with issues of environmental change and sustainability through the arts and humanities.

Early Modern Discourses of Environmental Change and Sustainability (2010-11) funded by he AHRC AHRC Network. This included the organisation of three workshops exploring early modern responses and attitudes towards landscape, environmental change and meanings of sustainability.  Sustainable Households and Communities (Exeter, 2011); Sustainable futures: crisis management and the uses of the past (London, 2011); Past Environments and the Sustainable Future in Cornwall (Redruth, 2011). The project ended with a conference on Environment and Identity (Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, 2011)