Catherine Mills graduated from the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter. She joined history at Stirling in 2009 after having successfully completed a Wellcome funded post doctorial fellowship exploring the relationship between the regulatory politics of clean air and respiratory health in post war Britain at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter.
Catherine is deputy director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy and Programme Director for the M.Res in Environmental History.
Catherine 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. 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.
She has published on the occupational health of Cornish miners’, urban air pollution and her first monograph explored the health and safety regulation of the British mining industries, 1800-1914.