Alex Hibberts: “The Sustainability of Settlement and Exploitation of Liminal Environments in the North Sea Region, c. 1150-1400”

In Students by General Account

  • Durham University
  • Economic and Social History
  • alexander.hibberts@durham.ac.uk
  • Biography:
    I arrived at Durham in 2016 and completed a History BA (Hons), spending an Erasmus year at Uppsala University in Sweden (2018-19).

    Research:
    Since building a model cathedral in my Grandad’s garden, I have been interested in how medieval societies shaped the environment in which they lived, both physically and culturally.
    The building of cathedrals, monasteries, castles, and parish churches is one self-evident way in which medieval societies impacted on their, and consequently, our landscapes. However, more subtle, and arguably, long-term changes, also occurred including land drainage and reclamation, deforestation and urbanisation.

    My research seeks to explore medieval environmental relations, with a primary focus on liminal environments such as wetlands and moorlands. Specifically, I wish to investigate if settlement destabilised these fragile landscapes, whether subsequent climatic change was inevitable or anthropogenic, and what role ‘nature’ has played in shaping human history.

    Research Interests:
    Medieval Europe
    Environmental Studies
    Landscape History
    Built Environment

    Personal website:
    https://postgradadventures.org/