Matthew Kelly was undergraduate and graduate student and a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford before taking his first permanent academic job at the University of Southampton. Since then, he has been a Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center in Munich and has moved to a new permanent position at Northumbria University. He has made the ‘environmental turn’ relatively recently and his current work is in the broad field of modern environmental history, particularly environmental politics in Britain and Ireland. His Quartz and Feldspar. Dartmoor: A British Landscape in Modern Times, was published in 2015 and he has since co-edited The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation (2017) and edited a forthcoming volume titled Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (2019). With a small group of colleagues in the U.K., he is currently organizing a British Academy-funded conference on ‘Rural Modernism’, which will be held at Northumbria University in 2019. With colleagues at Northumbria, he is also collaborating with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust on a rewilding project in the Kielder Forest Park, an upland close to the Scottish border which comprises England’s largest conifer plantation. His work at the Institute brings together his interest in the history of conservation, science and environmental politics through a study of Derek Ratcliffe’s work on peregrines.
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