Dr Catherine Mills

Lecturer in Modern British History

History University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Catherine Mills

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About me

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.

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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.

Projects

Industrial Devon
PI: Dr Catherine Mills
Funded by: Strathmartine Trust

Environmental and Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals Poisoning: Scottish Lead Mining 1600 to 1900
PI: Dr Catherine Mills
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site grant Part Fund Mining History Congress Proceedings publication
PI: Dr Catherine Mills
Funded by: Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Relationship between Historical Mining and Metallurgical Practices, Pollution and Health 1700-1950
PI: Dr Catherine Mills
Funded by: The Carnegie Trust

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Software

Mills C (2019) Landscape Legacies of Coal [Coal app]. [Mobile phone app] 2019. https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties/arts-humanities/our-research/centre-for-environment-heritageand-policy/outreach-and-public-engagement/landscape-legacies-of-coal-mining

Book Chapter

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/

Book Review

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

Book Review

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

Book Review

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.

Book Review

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.

Book Review

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

Book Review

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