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Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources

Posted on 12 April 2013

Leverhulme Trust awards International Network Grant for £123,000 for a project led by Professor David Moon

The Department of History is delighted to announce that The Leverhulme Trust has awarded an International Network Grant for £123,000 to the University for a project led by Professor David Moon. The network will comprise specialists from York and Glasgow universities in the UK, Georgetown and Ohio State universities in the USA, and the European University and Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, Russia.

The network’s activities will revolve around a series of annual workshops/field trips to specific locations: the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea; the Chernobyl’ exclusion zone in Ukraine; and Lake Baikal in Siberia. The project will combine field work in these locations with conventional historical research in order to enhance our understanding of the history of Russian scientific research, exploitation of natural resources, environmental disasters, and nature conservation.

Members of the network team after a preliminary meeting and workshop on the historic icebreaker Krasin (which was built on the river Tyne in 1916) in St Petersburg in March 2013.

For more information about the scheme, see: