Skip to main content

Dr Briony McDonagh


Briony McDonagh

Reader in Historical Geography

Biography Briony McDonagh is Reader in Historical Geography at the University of Hull. She has published widely on the landscape and environmental change (particularly in medieval and early modern Britain), 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. She is co-editor of Women and the Land, 1500-1900 (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), Remembering Protest in Britain since 1500 (Palgrave, 2018) and Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool University Press, 2017). She is Chair of the Historical Geography Research Group, co-editor of Historical Geography (University of Nebraska Press) and 2019 President of the British Science Association’s Geography Section. She is also a fellow of the HEA.

She is currently Principle Investigator of 'Risky Cities: Living with Water in an Uncertain Future Climate', a 24 month AHRC funded project learning from the past to build climate awareness today and for the future. Working with project partners including the National Youth Theatre, Absolutely Cultured and the Living with Water Partnership, we develop learning histories for one flood-prone city (Kingston upon Hull, UK) and use arts and heritage interventions to engage diverse communities in building flood resilience.

She also holds a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (on 'Gendering the Early Modern Commons') and is Co-I on an AHRC/XR Stories Creative Industries project combining disciplinary and industry expertise to virtually recreate a seventeenth-century flood of Hull.