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New grant - Natural Resources in the History of Russia: Economic Institutes, Communities of Experts, and Infrastructures Tags: grant Julia Lajus Russian Science Foundation HSE Russia

A team of researchers led by Professor Julia Lajus of the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg (HSE Spb), has been awarded a large grant for their project entitled:

Natural Resources in the History of Russia: Economic Institutes, Communities of Experts, and Infrastructures 

The full team is: Julia Lajus, Alexandra Bekasova, Marina Loskutova, Margarita Dadykina, Elena Korchmina, Elena Kochetkova and PhD students Ekaterina Kalemeneva and Vassily Borovoy (HSE Spb); Andrei Volodin (Moscow State University); Alexei Kraikovski  (European University at St Petersburg); Anastasia Fedotova (Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg). 

The project will make a significant contribution to the growing international scholarship in environmental history from a European as well as a global perspective. The environmental history of Russia will be analysed within an interdisciplinary framework incorporating a range of fields from across the humanities and social sciences. The project involves analysis of economic institutions, the activities of the expert community, and the development of infrastructures. The project comprises individual case studies of s , formed by major chronological periods , and the focus will be on lesser known historically significant natural resources (forests , water, fisheries , minerals ) over the period from the seventeenth century to the end of the Cold War in the late twentieth century.

The new knowledge obtained as a result of joint work of researchers specializing in the field of economic, environmental and technological history, will significantly improve the understanding of the interaction of people and nature in the past and will be useful in the development of informed decisions in the field of environmental management in the present.

The project is a very good example of what can be termed the ‘usable past’ i.e. knowledge and understanding of the past which has a practical relevance for addressing contemporary problems.

For the announcement on the website of the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg (in Russian), please see:

https://spb.hse.ru/news/179560031.html

For more details (in English) please see:

http://www.reh.spruz.com/downloads.htm?a=&act=view&id=B7DBCF27-82B2-49E5-B788-78686B4D6DAE

This Thursday: paper presentation in St Petersburg by David Moon Tags: David Moon presentation St Petersburg steppe

The American Steppe: Influences from Russia on the Great Plains

On 26th March, Anniversary Professor of the University of York (UK) David Moon will present his paper “The American Steppe: Influences from Russia on the Great Plains” at the regular research seminar “Boundaries of History” of the Center for Historical Research and the Department of History of the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.

Read more about David's presentation
Exploring Russia's Environmental History and Natural Resources

Exploring Russia's Environmental History and Natural Resources

This is the name of an international network of environmental historians funding by the Leverhulme network for three years from July 2013.

The network is made up of specialists at British, American and Russian institutions and is conducting multidisciplinary research into key aspects of the environmental history and natural resources of lands that have come under Russian rule over a long time period and in a global comparative perspective.

In 2013 the Network visited the Volkhov Hydroelectric Power Station near St Petersburg and also the Solovetskii islands in the White Sea.

In 2015 they will be visiting Lake Baikal, including the Barguzin Zapovednik, the Ushkanyi islands and Olkhon island.

Find out more on the network's website http://www.york.ac.uk/history/research/majorprojects/russiasenvironmentalhistory/

or its blog http://russianenvironmentalhistory.blogspot.co.uk/

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