Dr Elly Robson
Elly Robson is a historian of early modern Britain, with a particular interest in processes of environmental transformation and their relationship to social relations, political ideas, and practices of knowledge production.
Elly Robson’s main academic focus is early modern British history, including popular politics and protest, social relations, economic development, environmental change, knowledge production, ideas in action in social contexts, migration, colonisation, legal disputes, land rights, and water politics.
- BA, Cantab.
- MPhil, Cantab.
- PhD, Cantab.
Prior to joining Jesus College, I was the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London.
My ongoing research examines controversial projects of fen drainage, forest enclosure, and land improvement in seventeenth-century England. A further study investigates how early modern enclosure of common lands intersected with projects of Irish plantation and New World colonisation.
I am an academic member and secretary of the Legacy of Slavery Working Party at Jesus College.
Publications, links and resources
- Robson, E. (2018), ‘Review of Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830’, Landscape History 39, 138-9: https://doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2018.1534464
- Robson, E. (2017), ‘Improvement and epistemologies of landscape in seventeenth-century English forest enclosure’, The Historical Journal 60, 597-632: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X16000261.
- Robson, E. (2017), ‘Review of The Smoke of London’, Reviews in History 2186: https://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/2186.
- Robson, E. (2011), ‘Editorial: Riot, exclusion, “counter-revolutionary subordination” and academic dissent’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 10, 371-373: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/10/4/371.full.pdf+html.