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Chris Smout, University of St. Andrews.


Chris Smout in 1992 initiated the Institute of Environmental History at the University of St Andrews, which he founded after retiring from the chair of Scottish History. His interests in Irish history date back to 1976 when he collaborated with Prof Louis Cullen in the first of several Scottish-Irish conferences designed to illuminate the comparative economic and social history of the two countries. In 2003 he contributed an essay on the energy history of Scotland, Ireland and Iceland to Prof Cullen's festschrift, Refiguring Ireland, which touched among other things on woods, peat and horses. He is currently a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow working on the environmental history of the Firth of Forth.


Research Interests

Woodland - peat - sea - fish - biodiversity - ecosystems - Scottish-Irish comparative work.


Earth, Water.

Selected Publications

Smout, T. C. (2009) Exploring Environmental History: Selected Essays. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Smout, T. C., MacDonald, A. R. and Watson, F. (2005) A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland , 1500-1920. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Smout, T. C. (ed.) (2003) People and Woods in Scotland: a History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Smout, T. C. (2000) Nature Contested: Environmental History in Scotland and Northern England since 1600. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Foster, S. and Smout, T. C. (eds.) (1994) The History of Soils and Field Systems. Aberdeen: Scottish Cultural Press.