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Prof Matthew Kelly


Department: Humanities

Matthew Kelly is Professor of Modern History in the Department of Humanities. He works on modern British history, focusing on the development of environmental policy in the post-war period, the cultural history of landscape, and the history of National Parks and nature conservation.

Matthew joined Northumbria in 2016 as a professor. Between 2006 and 2016, he was a lecturer and then associate professor at the University of Southampton, and between 2003 and 2006 he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In 2012-13, he was a Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and in 2016 he was a Visiting Researcher at St. John’s College, Oxford for Michaelmas term.

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  • Richard Bourke and Niamh Gallagher (eds), The Political Thought of the Irish Revolution, Kelly, M. 18 Apr 2023, In: Twentieth Century British History
  • The Politics of the British Environment since 1945, Kelly, M. 8 Jun 2023, In: Political Quarterly
  • Habitat Protection, Ideology and the British Nature State: The Politics of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Kelly, M. 1 Jun 2022, In: The English Historical Review
  • The Women Who Saved the English Countryside, Kelly, M. 12 Apr 2022
  • Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Kelly, M. 5 Nov 2019
  • Radical Nationalisms, 1882-1916, Kelly, M. 2018, The Cambridge History of Ireland, University of Cambridge
  • The Thames Barrier: climate change, shipping and the transition to a new envirotechnical regime, Kelly, M. Apr 2018, Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain, UCL IOE Press
  • Conventional thinking and the fragile birth of the Nature State in post-war Britain, Kelly, M. 31 May 2017, The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation, Graf von Hardenberg, W., Kelly, M., Leal, C., Wakild, E. 12 Jun 2017
  • Nationalisms, Kelly, M. 12 Jan 2016, The Princeton History of Modern Ireland, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press

  • Ciaran Johnson The Railways and the Making of Upland Britain: the Lifecycle of an Envirotechnical Regime Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 23/06/2023
  • Nicholas Pepper Northumberland National Park: Governmentality and the Recent and Not-So-Recent History of Thirlwall Castle. Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Louis Holland Bonnett The Natural Habitat of Youth? The Relationship between Childhoods and the Environment in North-East England, 1980-2010 Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Laura Littlefair Recontextualising the Deindustrialised Railway Town - Communities, Stakeholders, and Museum Practice at Locomotion, Shildon, 1984-2025 Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Bethany Wyatt Cultures of Care in Britain’s Country House Hospitals, 1914-1919 Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Modern History DPhil September 01 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

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