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Dr Timothy Cooper

Head of Humanities Penryn, Senior Lecturer

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I am a social historian of modern Britain. Much of my research has explored the ways in which environmental concerns became a significant part of British culture and politics in the twentieth century. I use a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to explore these themes, including oral history, and my work typically blends empirical historical practice and social theory. My current research grapples with the problem of the "greening" of modern Britain, and its limits.

I am presently Head of the Discipline of Humanities at the Penryn Campus.


Research interests

My research explores the social and cultural history of attitudes towards the environment in modern Britain. At the present time much of my work is inspired by attempts to explore the meaning and limits of the "greening" of British popular culture in the twentieth century. Current research I am conducting on this theme includes an exploration of the popular novel and neoliberal environmentalism, and an attempt to apply ecofeminist theory to understand caring for wild animals in twentieth-century Britain.

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)