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Centre for History and Economics


Dr. Jan Oosthoek

School of Historical Studies
Newcastle University
Newcastle NE1 7RU, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 5598

Fax: +49 (0)551 399748



Dr Jan Oosthoek’s research interests include landscape history, historical land management and conservation, woodland history, and the historical geography of forestry and land-use. He is also interested in the processes of environmental globalization. His PhD thesis entitled ‘An Environmental History of State Forestry in Scotland, 1919-1970’ dealt with the social and economic aspects of forestry in relation to rural changes in Scotland during the 20th century. Recently Jan Oosthoek started working on a research project that looks at estuarine fisheries on the River Forth in central Scotland. This project focuses on contemporary accounts of fluctuating fish resources during the 18th through 20th centuries and historical management strategies in pursuit of sustainable fishing, in the context of socio-economic but also environmental changes affecting eastern Scotland at this time.

Jan Oosthoek is also the author the Environmental History Resources website presently on-line at This includes short articles, abstracts of publications, a bibliography of climate and environmental history, and a podcast of interviews with researchers in different fields of environmental history. It also includes a section on teaching for students and teachers of historical geography/environmental history.