Professor Jonathan Oldfield PhD

Professor Jonathan Oldfield

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Reader in Russian Environmental Studies
Head of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Jon Oldfield’s research is primarily focussed on an exploration of Russian understandings of physical natural systems. His current research has three main strands: Soviet climate science and its intellectual legacies, the science of geoengineering in the Soviet /Russian contexts, and Russian engagements with the Anthropocene as an empirical and conceptual entity. This research is funded by the AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, and British Academy.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), PGCE, PhD

Teaching

  • Various teaching at Years 1 and 2
  • Most recently, Jon Oldfield has taught a Year 3 module - 'Nature-Society Relations: The Ecological Century'.

Postgraduate supervision

Jonathan Oldfield's research explores Russian understandings of physical natural systems with a specific focus on the work and ideas of Russian physical geographers during the late tsarist and Soviet periods. He is currently examining the development of Soviet climate science via the work of the climatologist M.I. Budyko. His research is funded by the ESRC, AHRC and British Academy.

Other activities

  • National Advisory Board, Europe-Asia Studies
  • Panel Member & Peer Review College member (academic), Art & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Peer Review College member (academic), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Executive Committee (Secretary), UK Association for Area Studies Associations

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Oldfield, J 2021, The Soviet Union and Global Environmental Change: Modifying the Biosphere and Conceptualizing Society-Nature Interaction. Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe, 1st edn, Routledge, London. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003158615

Oldfield, J & Shaw, D 2015, The development of Russian environmental thought: scientific and geographical perspectives on the natural environment. Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series, 1st edn, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315670171

Article

Oldfield, J 2018, 'Imagining climates past, present and future: Soviet contributions to the science of anthropogenic climate change, 1953-1991', Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 60, pp. 41-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2017.12.004

Oldfield, JD 2016, 'Mikhail Budyko's (1920-2001) contributions to Global Climate Science: from heat balances to climate change and global ecology', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 682–692. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.412

Oldfield, JD & Shaw, DJB 2015, 'A Russian geographical tradition? The contested canon of Russian and Soviet geography, 1884–1953', Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 49, pp. 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2015.04.015

Oldfield, J & Shaw, D 2015, 'Conceptualizing and utilizing the natural environment: critical reflections from imperial and soviet Russia', Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 93, no. 1, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.93.1.0001

Shaw, DJB & Oldfield, J 2015, 'Soviet geographers and the Great Patriotic War, 1941–1945 : Lev Berg and Andrei Grigor'ev', Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 47, pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2014.06.002

Oldfield, J 2013, 'Climate modification and climate change debates among Soviet physical geographers, 1940s-1960s', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 513-524. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.242

Shaw, DJB & Oldfield, J 2013, 'V.I. Vernadskii and the development of biogeochemical understandings of the biosphere, c.1880s–1968', The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 46, no. 02, pp. 287-310. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007087412000015

Kay, R & Oldfield, J 2011, 'Emotional engagements with the field: A view from area studies', Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 63, no. 7, pp. 1275-1293. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2011.592283

Oldfield, J, Matless, D & Swain, A 2011, 'The making of a sub-discipline: State initiatives and the production of British geographical studies of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1945-71', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 574-589. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00443.x

Pollard, J, Oldfield, J, Randalls, S & Thornes, J 2008, 'Firm finances, weather derivatives and geography', Geoforum, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 616-624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2006.03.008

Matless, D, Oldfield, J & Swain, A 2008, 'Geographically touring the eastern bloc: British geography, travel cultures and the Cold War', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 354-375. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2008.00303.x

Chapter

Oldfield, J 2021, Russia and Eurasia. in M Domosh, M Heffernan & C Withers (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography. 1 edn, vol. 1, SAGE Publications, pp. 100-116. <https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-handbook-of-historical-geography/book251311#description>

Oldfield, J & Doose, K 2018, Natural and anthropogenic climate change understanding in the Soviet Union, 1960s–1980s. in M Poberezhskaya & T Ashe (eds), Climate Change Discourse in Russia: Past and Present. Routledge.

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Expertise

Russian environment; climate change; politics of climate science; environmental policy