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Dr Paul Elliott

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Dr Paul Elliott has taught at various universities and colleges in the Midlands and North of England since 1994. After completing his PhD at the University of Leicester, he was Fixed-Term Lecturer in Modern British and European History at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001.

Between 2002 and 2007 he was Research Fellow in Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham and has also taught history at Nottingham and Leicester universities. He is now a Professor of Modern History at the University of Derby.

He is a member of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Research and Publications Committee, the Joseph Wright of Derby National Steering Group, the Arkwright Society, the Thoroton Society and the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.

Between 2001 and 2012 Dr. Elliott was an Associate Editor of the journal Urban History published by Cambridge University Press. His primary research interests include the history of science and medicine, cultural and historical geography, local, regional and urban history and the history of education.

Recent books have included: The Derby Philosophers: Science and Culture in British Urban Society, 1700-1850 (Manchester; MUP, 2009);Enlightenment, Modernity and Science: Geographies of Scientific Culture and Improvement in Georgian England (London; I. B. Tauris, 2010); (with Charles Watkins and Stephen Daniels) The British Arboretum: Science, Trees and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (London; Pickering and Chatto, 2011); (with Dr. Mark Johnston MBE) Trees in Towns: A History of British Urban Arboriculture (History Press, 2013). Dr. Tristram Hunt MP has described The Derby Philosophers as an ‘important and compelling account of the public culture of science in Georgian and Victorian Derby’ [which] ‘offers both a rich urban history and a rewarding analysis of useful knowledge during the heroic years of the Industrial Revolution (Urban History, 37, 2010, pp. 189-91).


Dr Paul Elliott