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.
Mills C, Simpson I & Geller J (2019) Industrial Devon: Reflections and learning from schools-based heritage outreach in Scotland. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, 6 (3), pp. 172-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/20518196.2019.1602967
Mills C, Simpson I & Adderley WP (2014) The lead legacy: The relationship between historical mining, pollution and the post-mining landscape. Landscape History, 35 (1), pp. 47-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2014.916912
Claughton PF & Mills C (eds.) (2011) Mining Perspectives: The Proceedings of the Eighth International Mining History Congress 2009. Truro: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Cornwall Council.
Claughton PF & Mills C (2011) Introduction: Mining the future?. In: Claughton PF & Mills CJ (eds.) Mining Perspectives: The Proceedings of the Eighth International Mining History Congress 2009. Truro: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Cornwall Council, pp. 6-10. http://www.cornishmining.net/
Mills C (2011) The Riches Beneath our Feet: How Mining Shaped Britain. Review of: Geoff Coyle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 288 pp. 978-0199551293. Britain and the World, 4 (2), pp. 348-350. http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/brw.2011.0030; https://doi.org/10.3366/brw.2011.0030
Mills C (2011) Toxic Archipelago, A History of Industrial Disease in Japan. Review of: Brett L. Walker, University of Washington Press, 2010, Pp. 284 + xvii. $35. ISBN 978 0 295 98954 9.. Social History of Medicine, 24 (3), pp. 838-839. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkr122
Mills C (2011) The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work and Play. Review of: The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play, James C. Whorton, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, 448 pp. 978-0199605996. Journal of British Studies, 50 (2), pp. 536-537. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/658258; https://doi.org/10.1086/658258
Mills C (2010) Regulating Health and Safety in the British Mining Industries, 1800-1914 (Introduction). In: Mills C (ed.) Regulating Health and Safety in the British Mining Industries, 1800-1914. Studies in Labour History. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 1-10. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754660873
Mills C (2010) Marketing Health, Smoking and the Discourse of Public Health in Britain, 1945—2000. Review of: Virginia Berridge, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xv + 338 pp. ISBN 9780199260300. Journal of Contemporary History, 45 (1), pp. 241-242. https://doi.org/10.1177/00220094100450011117
Mills C & Dale P (2008) A Preference for Doing Nothing or a Misplaced Focus on Men?: Problematic Starting Points for Early Twentieth-Century Public Health Reform in Cornwall. Cornish Studies, 16, pp. 126-145. http://www.exeterpress.co.uk/en/Book/485/Cornish_Studies_Volume_16.html
Mills C (2008) Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Review of: Jamie L. Bronstein, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University Press, 2007, 240pp, ISBN-13: 978-0804700085. Journal of British Studies, 47 (4), pp. 966-967. https://doi.org/10.1086/592921
Mills C (2008) The Emergence of Statutory Hygiene Precautions in the British Mining Industries, 1890-1914. Historical Journal, 51 (1), pp. 145-168. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HIS; https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X07006619
Mills C (2007) Shock cities, the environmental transformation and reform of Manchester and Chicago. Review of: Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicago, Harold L. Platt, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005). 592 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0226670768. Social History, 32 (3), pp. 353-355.
Mills C (2007) Inventing pollution: Coal, smoke and culture in Britain since 1800. Review of: Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain Since 1800 (Series in Ecology & History), Peter Thorsheim, Athens, OH, Ohio University Press, 2006, 360 pp. ISBN 0-8214-1680-4. Social History, 32 (2), pp. 242-242.
Mills C (2005) Landscapes of exposure, knowledge and illness in modern environments. Review of: Landscapes of Exposure, Knowledge and Illness in Modern Environments, G. Mitman, M. Murphy and C. Sellers (eds), Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2004, ISBN 0–226–53251–8.. Social History of Medicine, 18 (3), pp. 516-517. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hki068
Mills C (2005) Science at the borders, immigrant medical inspection and the shaping of the modern industrial labour force. Review of: Science at the Borders, Immigrant Medical Inspection and the Shaping of the Modern Industrial Labour Force, Amy L. Fairchild, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. Pp. xiii + 385.ISBN 0 8018 7080.. Social History of Medicine, 18 (1), pp. 127-127. https://doi.org/10.1093/sochis/hki013