Professor Briony McDonagh

Professor of Environmental Humanities

Energy & Environment Institute, University of Hull

Scopus Author ID: 35730253800

BRIONY McDONAGH is Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Hull. Her disciplinary background is in historical geography and environmental history, and her current research interests lie in the green-blue humanities. She has published widely on landscape and environmental change, on histories and cultures of living with water and flood, on women’s histories, and on the historical geographies of enclosure, commons and protest. Her book, Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830 (Routledge, 2017), won the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize and Women’s History Network Book Prize.

Briony is Director of the University of Hull’s Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures (2021 onwards) and also currently leads the UKRI-funded Risky Cities project (2020-23). Working with project partners including the National Youth Theatre, Absolutely Cultured and the Living with Water Partnership, the project develops learning histories for one flood-prone city (Kingston upon Hull, UK) and use arts and heritage interventions to work with and engage diverse communities in building flood and climate resilience. She was also 2018-2019 President of the British Science Association’s Geography Section.


Discover how water has shaped the literature, history, and culture of regions that have historically lived with flood risk and remain at risk of flooding today.

Andrew Marvell and Hull

Detail from Wenceslaus Hollar, Map of Hull (c. 1640). Hull History Centre, U DDMM/33/8.  Dr Stewart Mottram, Reader in English at the University of Hull, explores poet Andrew Marvell’s early…