Director of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy, Lecturer in Environmental History
In addition to being Director of the Centre, Dr Catherine Mills is Programme Director for the MRes in Environmental History and MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy.
A graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter, who joined History and Politics at Stirling in 2009 after having successfully completed a Wellcome funded post doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter. This explored the relationship between the regulatory politics of clean air and respiratory health in post war Britain.
She has a research background in the historical management of ‘unhealthy environments’ with an emphasis on both the urban atmosphere and the underground workplace in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. Since moving to Stirling, Catherine’s research has shifted more towards understanding the specific industrial processes that create ‘unhealthy environments’ and how post-industrial derelict and contaminated landscapes are perceived, experienced and understood over time. She adopts a strong interdisciplinary approach to her research by combining traditional archival material with geo-archaeological and environmental investigation. Catherine is also a strong advocate both of wider public engagement in research dissemination and field work to enhance classroom-based teaching. She is currently working on a series of inter-related projects exploring the unrealised environmental impacts and associated cultural and health legacies of rural industrialisation.
Catherine has published on the occupational health of British metal miners’, urban air pollution and her first monograph explored the health and safety regulation of the British mining industries, 1800–1914.