New PhD on the establishment of Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia   

Elliot Honeybun-Arnolda has successfully defended his PhD entitled “Scientising the ‘environment’: The School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, 1967-1990”. His research looks at the history of the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) at UEA to explore how the ‘environment’ became an object of knowledge to be made known through scientific interdisciplinarity. Through four case studies it explores how ENV came to be imagined and founded at UEA in the 1960s, how interdisciplinarity figured and was practiced in the first decade and how the physical ‘environmental sciences’ evolved to include climate and social sciences – from the local to the global. It concludes by resituating histories of the ‘environmental sciences’ in conceptual and practical debates about the ‘Anthropocene’, and exploring where environmental knowledge-making might go in the future. 


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