Isobel Akerman

PhD Candidate in History

Isobel Akerman is a PhD candidate in Modern British History, studying at Newnham College. She holds a BA in History from York University (2016) and an MPhil in Modern British History from Cambridge (2021). Her thesis explores the integration of environmental thinking into the research, education, and outreach of botanic gardens since c.1960, and the wider uptake of these ideas among the public and policymakers. She is supervised by Prof. Paul Warde and funded by the Vice-Chancellor's and Newnham College Scholarship. She is a member of the New York–Cambridge Training Collaboration (NYCTC) and last year was a prize research student in The Joint Centre for History and Economics.

Isobel is the co-convenor of the Cultural History Graduate Workshop.

'Botanic Gardens and biodiversity' The Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH), The University of Oxford, April 2022

'The role of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in shaping idea of biodiversity' NYCTC Training Workshop, New York, April 2022


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