MA (Hons) in Mediaeval History with Archaeology, University of St Andrews (1983) and PhD in Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews (1988). Pursued a non-academic career in commercial property underwriting 1987-91 before setting up a freelance historical research business (Retrospect). Joined the University of Stirling in September 2002 as Lecturer in Medieval and Environmental History, having previously been an Honorary Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen. Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and to Professor in 2007. A former Director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy, in 2008 I was appointed a member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland, providing advice to Scottish Ministers on aspects of policy and public engagement in the sector.
In January 2015 I became Head of the School of Arts and Humanities and from 2016 Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Event / Presentation
Castles, Concept and Contexts: Castle Studies in Scotland in Retrospect and Prospect. Chateau Gaillard 23
Castles and colonists in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Scotland: the case of Moray. Chateau Gaillard 22 Chateau et Peuplement
A monastery and its landscape : Whithorn and monastic estate management in Galloway (c1250-c1600). 13th Whithorn Lecture
Environmental History of the North Atlantic region, with particular emphasis on climate change and resource use, the resilience of communities in marginal zones, and the impact of non-anthropogenic agency on human social development.
Epidemic disease and its associated social impacts in medieval and early modern Scotland.
Lordship and landscape in medieval Britain and Ireland, with particular emphasis on 'castle landscapes' and hunting.
Monastic landscapes in northern Europe c.1100-c.1350, principally in the broad arc extending from ireland through Scotland and northern England to southern Scandinavia and Poland. The principal focus is on themes of continuity and change and the divergent management strategies of the various religious orders (principlally Cistercians, Tironensians, Augustinians and Premonstratensians).
The institutional structures and architectural settings of the Scottish medieval secular church, especially parish and collegiate churches.
Oram R (2016) Monasteries and Monastic Schools in Northern England and Eastern Scotland c.950-c.1250. In: Barnwell PS (ed.). Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 950-1150. Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 5, Donington: Shaun Tyas Publishing, pp. 125-153.
Oram R (2016) The Medieval Church in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray In: Geddes J (ed.) Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray, Leeds: Routledge. British Archaeological Association Conference of 2014, 19.7.2014 - 23.7.2014, Aberdeen, pp. 16-32.
Oram R (2015) The incomplete exemplar: Doune Castle and the great tower in Later medieval Scottish castles. In: Oram RD (ed.). A House that Thieves Might Knock at: Proceedings of the 2010 Stirling and 2011 Dundee Conferences. Tower Series, 1 & 2, Donington: Shaun Tyas, pp. 129-151.
Oram R (2014) Leisure, Symbolism and War: Hermitage Castle, Liddesdale and the Anglo-Scottish Border. In: Ettel P, Flambard Hericher A-M, O'Conor K (ed.). Château et frontière. Actes du colloque international d'Aabenraa (Danemark, 24-31 août 2012). Château Gaillard. Etudes de castellologie médiévale, 26, Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, pp. 325-332.
Oram R (2014) A Celtic Dirk at Scotland's Back? The Lordship of the Isles in Mainstream Scottish Historiography since 1828. In: Oram RD (ed.). The Lordship of the Isles. The Northern World, 68, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 1-39.
Oram R (2014) Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Climate, Weather and the Rise of the Lordship of the Isles. In: Oram RD (ed.). The Lordship of the Isles. The Northern World, 68, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 40-61.
Oram R (2014) Trackless, Impenetrable and Under-developed? Roads, Colonisation and Environmental Transformation in the Anglo-Scottish Border Zone c.1100 to c.1350 (Forthcoming). In: Evans R, Haynes V (ed.). The Open Road, Manchester.