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Dr Marianna R DudleyBA(Warw.), MA(Bristol), PHD(Bristol)

Lecturer in Environmental Humanities

Marianna Dudley

Dr Marianna R DudleyBA(Warw.), MA(Bristol), PHD(Bristol)

Lecturer in Environmental Humanities

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Office: 1.03, 34 Tyndalls Park Road

Phone: 0117 33 10829


Twitter: @DudleyMarianna


I am an environmental historian of modern Britain, with research interests that span militaries, rivers, waves, orchards and outdoor recreation.

Militarized Landscapes

My doctoral research explored environmentalism as understood and deployed by the British military. My thesis (published in 2012) identified the ‘greening’ of the MoD during the twentieth century through external pressures and internal re-evaluation of the meaning and purpose of the training estate. This area of my work has contributed to an international body of knowledge that extends understanding of military environments beyond battlefields to home territories, and highlights the significance of preparation in broader narratives of war.


My recent research has taken water as its focus. It recognizes the rise of recreation in the modern age as a critical shift in how we imagine, use and protect ‘natural’ spaces. Within the ‘Power and Water’ project, it focuses on British rivers, with a case study of the Severn.

It counters declensionist narratives by arguing that, whereas, for example, commercial river use has declined, recreational use has forged cultures and identities that give new and alternative life to rivers (and other environments, watery and terrestrial). It also reflects the creative ways in which marginalized interests (in the case of the Severn barrage proposals, bore surfers and fishermen) respond to environmental and social change, which can be overlooked by policy-makers and academics.

My second monograph project has emerged from my work on the Severn Bore (a tidal river wave) and extends questions of human relationships with place to the unstable and shifting setting of transient environments such as winds, and especially, waves. 

I am also interested in environmental history methodology, particularly the role of experiential and sensory knowledge in knowing place, and of oral history in accessing alternative environmental narratives. I have authored two walks around UK military training areas for the RGS-IBG’s Discovering Britain series.

Centre for Environmental Humanities

I co-lead (with Dan Haines) the Centre for Environmental Humanities, a Faculty research centre supporting and promoting the wide range of humanities work on environmental issues taking place at Bristol. We work closely with the Cabot and Brigstow Institutes, and are keen to connect with other Centres, groups and individuals working in the Environmental Humanities around the world.


I currently teach:

Wild Things: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern World (Year 2 Option Unit)

War and Society (Year 1 Option Unit)

History in Public (Year 2 Core Unit) 

Beyond the Battlefield: Environment and Conflict (co-taught with Daniel Haines) (3rd Year Lecture Response Unit)

Bristol Futures: Global Citizenship unit 'Future Cities: Migration, Citizenship, and Planetary Change' (contribution)

I have convened units on:

The Age of the Anthropocene (2nd Year Humanities Lecture Response Unit)

Leisure Landscapes of Modern Britain (3rd Year Special Subject)

And I have also taught: 

Bringing Historians Down to Earth (3rd year Reflective Unit)

Public History in Theory and Practice (MA option)


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research
  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Postal address:
13-15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom