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Dr Jane Rowling

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Past Flood Matters)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History

Qualifications

  • MA (University of Leicester)
  • PhD (University of Leicester)

Summary

Jane completed her PhD on 'Farming Community and Identity in Lower Wharfedale, Yorkshire, 1914-1951' in 2017. This was an oral history study of agricultural community in the first half of the twentieth century.

She worked at the University of Leeds, as an administrator for the water@leeds network, supporting interdisciplinary engagement between water researchers across all faculties of the university. During this time she was a member of the Local Organising Committee for the Seventh International Conference on Flood Management, held at Leeds in 2017, before moving to the University of Hull in 2018.

As Postdoctoral Research Associate on the 'Past Flooding Matters' project, Jane researches the history of water level management in the English lowlands, with a particular focus on the Lincolnshire Fens. She leads the Lincolnshire case study, one of four which make up the 'Past Flooding Matters' project, and works closely with stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, the Association of Drainage Authorities, and individual Internal Drainage Boards, both in the Lincolnshire area and nationally.

In 2019, Jane was on the organising committee of the Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, an event run by and dedicated to Early Career Researchers in Environmental History.

Research interests

Jane is interested in histories of community and environment, with particular interests in themes of flooding, agriculture, manual work, land- and water-management, and personal risk.

She works using a combination of oral and archival sources to trace the past interactions of communities with their environments. These can be used to inform current understandings and future policies relating to the management of local environments.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Associate Fellowship of HEA

2020