Dr Elly Dezateux Robson

Research Fellow, Jesus College
Elly Robson

Prior to joining Jesus College as a Junior Research Fellow in 2018, I was the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London (2017-18) and a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Cambridge (2014-17).

I am managing editor at History Workshop Online, a digital magazine of radical history. I am also co-founder and member of the Organising Collective of the Environmental History Workshop. I have been an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, since 2017.

I am a historian of early modern Britain, with a particular interest in processes of environmental transformation and their relationship to social relations, political ideas, and practices of knowledge production.

My doctoral research examined controversial projects of fen drainage and land improvement in England between 1560 and 1665 to explore how different ideas and practices underwrote conflict over environmental reconfiguration. I am currently working on a new project, investigating how early modern enclosure of common lands intersected with projects of Irish plantation and New World colonisation.


  • Part I, Paper 4: British Political History, 1485-1714
  • Part I, Paper 9: British Economic and Social History, c. 1500-1750 
  • Part I, Paper 1: Themes & Sources, Utopian Writing, 1515-1789
  • Part II, Paper 1: Historical Argument and Practice, including topics on Social History, Public History, and Intellectual History. 


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Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL


Key Publications

Journal Articles

Elly Robson, ‘Improvement and epistemologies of landscape in seventeenth-century English forest enclosure’, The Historical Journal 60 (2017), 597-632: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X16000261.

Elly Robson, ‘Editorial: Riot, exclusion, “counter-revolutionary subordination” and academic dissent’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 10 (2011), 371-373: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/10/4/371.full.pdf+html.


Elly Robson, ‘Review of Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700–1830’Landscape History 39 (2018), 138-9: https://doi.org/10.1080/01433768.2018.1534464.

Elly Robson, ‘Review of The Smoke of London’Reviews in History 2186 (2017):  https://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/2186