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Dr Stephen Mosley

About Dr Stephen Mosley

Stephen Mosley completed both his MA and PhD in history at Lancaster University. His research interests are in environmental history, particularly the history of environmental pollution and associated socio-economic and health issues. His books include The Chimney of the World: A History of Smoke Pollution in Victorian and Edwardian Manchester (2008), which examines the human and environmental costs of smoke pollution in the world’s first industrial city, and The Environment in World History (2010), which offers a fresh environmental perspective on familiar world history narratives of imperialism and colonialism, trade and commerce, and technological progress and the advance of civilisation. He is currently working on a global-scale history of pollution problems for Reaktion Books.

Stephen has been editor of the journal Environment and History since 2010. He is interested in supervising postgraduate students who wish to work on environmental history projects.

Current Teaching

Stephen currently teaches the following modules on the BA (Hons) History programme: The Emergence of Modern Europe (Level 4); The Public and the Past (Level 4); Twentieth Century Europe (Level 4); Landscapes of History (Level 5); and Environmentalism in World History (Level 6). He also offers the module Nature, Culture and Society on the new MA in Social History.

Research Interests

Stephen is currently completing a book on the historical processes that have led to the wholesale pollution of the planet (water, land and air), with the main focus being placed on the last 200 hundred years. Key analytical issues will include: population growth; industrialisation and urbanisation; rising consumerism and energy use; changing technologies in nonindustrial sectors of society; ineffective environmental legislation; the damage caused to both human health and the environment; and cultural attitudes to pollution. He is also developing several new projects on: the early twentieth-century craze for sun and air; coastal cities and environmental change; and home heating, human health and sustainability issues.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (3)

Books (3)

  • Mosley S (2013) The Chimney of the World. Routledge.
  • Mosley S; Massard-Guilbaud G ed. (2011) Common ground: Integrating the Social and Environmental in History. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Mosley S (2010) The Environment in World History. Routledge.

Chapters (4)

  • Mosley S (2015) Big History and Deep Time: Periodisation and Global Environmental History. In: Dunyach J-F; Mairey A Les âges de Britannia: Repenser l'histoire des mondes britanniques (Moyen Âge-XXIᵉ siècle). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp. .
  • Mosley S (2015) A Disaster in Slow Motion: The Smoke Menace in Urban-Industrial Britain. In: Egner H; Schorch M; Voss M Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns. New York: Routledge, pp. .
  • Mosley S (2011) Breaking Down Borders: Integrating the Social and Environmental in History. In: Massard-Guilbaud G; Mosley S Common ground. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-15.
  • Mosley S (2004) Public Perceptions of Smoke Pollution in Victorian Manchester. In: DuPuis EM Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution. : New York University Press, pp. .

Internet publications (1)

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