Dr Jonathan Oldfield PhD

Dr Jonathan Oldfield

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Reader in Russian Environmental Studies
Director of Internationalisation, College of Life 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 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.

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 & Shaw, D 2016, The Development of Russian Environmental Thought: Scientific and Geographical Perspectives on the Natural Environment. Routledge.

Oldfield, J 2005, Russian nature: exploring the environmental consequences of societal change. Ashgate.

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

Shaw, D & Oldfield, J 2007, 'Landscape Science: a Russian Geographical Tradition', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 97, no. 1, pp. 111-126. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8306.2007.00526.x

Matless, D, Oldfield, J & Swain, A 2006, 'Encountering Soviet Geography: Oral histories of British geographical studies of the USSR and soviet Eastern Europe 1945-1991', Social and Cultural Geography.

Oldfield, J 2006, 'Russian nature: exploring the environmental consequences of societal change', Environmental Policy and Practice Series.

Flynn, M & Oldfield, J 2006, 'Transnational approaches to locally-situated concerns: Exploring the meanings of postsocialist space', Journal of Communist Studies and Transition.

Oldfield, J & Shaw, D 2006, 'V I Vernadsky and the noosphere concept: Russian understandings of nature-society interaction', Geoforum, vol. 37, pp. 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2005.01.004

Chapter

Oldfield, J, Tickle, A & Turnock, D 2005, Foreign economic relations and the environment: a histroical approach. in Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Development and the Former Soviet Union (The Memorial volume for Frank Carter).

Book/Film/Article review

Oldfield, J 2005, 'Review of Newell, J., The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for conservation and Development (2nd Edition)', Geographical Journal, vol. 171, no. 2, pp. 182-184.

Oldfield, J 2005, 'Review ofPickvance, C., Local Environmental Regulation in Post-Socialism: A Hungarian Case Study', Urban Studies, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 809-810.

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Expertise

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