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Dr Leona Skelton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

Her doctoral research at Durham University investigated the regulation of key bio-physical flows of water, manure, blood, urine and industrial waste products in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British townscapes, revealing remarkably well organised and effective systems of environmental regulation.

At the universities of York and Bristol, she worked on two AHRC-funded post-doctoral, environmental history research projects: 1) ‘Local Places, Global Processes’, on twentieth-century Kielder, in the North Tyne valley in Northumberland, revealing how local people’s economic, social and cultural lives were reshaped by successive environmental changes; and 2) ‘The Power and the Water’, on the environmental history of north-east England’s River Tyne (1529-2015), reconnecting the sub-themes of the river’s fish life, sanitation, pollution, riparian industry, riverine knowledge, regeneration, conservation, recreation and environmental governance. In 2015-16, she worked on an EPSRC-funded water sustainability project with civil engineers and social scientists, ‘TWENTY65’.

Leona is Co-Investigator on a three-year, AHRC-funded project, ‘Past Floods Matter’, working on historic flood mitigation and the Internal Drainage Boards (1770s to present) and she is also researching the environmental history of English brewing as a biotechnology, 1603-1830.

Campus Address

Rm 323, Lipman Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne


History PhD June 01 2013

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Mastering North-East England's 'River of Tine': efforts to manage a river's flow, functions and form, 1529-c.1800, Skelton, L. Mar 2017, Governing the Environment in the Early Modern World, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Regulating the Environment of the River Tyne’s Estuary, 1530-1800, Skelton, L. 1 Dec 2017, Environmental History in the Making, Switzerland, Springer
  • Stories of Life, Work and Nature Before and After the Clean-up of North-East England’s River Tyne, 1940–2015, Skelton, L. 1 Dec 2017, Telling Environmental Histories, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Palgrave
  • Tyne after Tyne, Skelton, L. 1 Mar 2017
  • Sanitation in Urban Britain, 1560–1700, Skelton, L. 8 Dec 2015
  • Beadles, Dunghills and Noisome Excrements: Regulating the Environment in Seventeenth-Century Carlisle, Skelton, L. 2014, In: International Journal of Regional and Local History
  • The uncomfortable path from forestry to tourism in Kielder, Northumberland, Skelton, L. Aug 2014, In: Oral History

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Helen Leighton-Rose Start: 01/01/2020


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