Mission

The European Society for Environmental History promotes the study of environmental history in all academic disciplines and encourages anyone who has an interest in the field to join and become involved.

ESEH aims to:

  • encourage the study of European environmental history in a comparative perspective;
  • foster communication among environmental historians across Europe, and with colleagues elsewhere;
  • promote the further institutional development of environmental history within secondary and tertiary education;
  • promote the research and use of environmental history in academic programmes;
  • strengthen the crucial link between environmental history, all policy-making, and the general public.

In order to achieve these goals ESEH has developed a range of activities since its inception in 1999. The society publishes a newsletter, ESEH Notepad, which is quarterly published in the journal Environment and History, published by White Horse Press in Cambridge.

Along with the American Society for Environmental History, ESEH co-ordinates H-Environment, an internet discussion forum that keeps subscribers posted about events and issues related to the field.

ESEH also organises biannual conferences at which scholars from all over Europe and the world gather to share their work. Since 2001 ESEH has held six successful conferences in St. Andrews, Prague, Florence, Amsterdam, Turku and Munich. In 2009 ESEH was a member of the consortium hosting the 1st World Conference of Environmental History, 4th to 8th August 2009 in Copenhagen. The 2015 ESEH Conference will be held in Versailles, France. Further information about past and future conferences and the summer schools the Society regularly organizes can be found on the Events page.

Finally ESEH maintains this web site to provide resources and news for scholars and others interested in environmental history.

The Society aims to stimulate dialogue between humanistic scholarship, environmental science and other disciplines. It welcomes members from all disciplines and professions who share its interest in past relationships between human culture and the environment.

We invite you to explore this site and learn more about environmental history and the activities of ESEH.