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BUILDING COMMONS KNOWLEDGE PROJECT TEAM

Professor Chris Rodgers – Principal Investigator, Building Commons Knowledge Project

Chris is Professor of Law and Head of School at Newcastle Law School.  His research interests include property law (epecially landlord and tenant), agricultural law and environmental law – he is the author of several standard reference works in the area of property law.  Principal areas of current research are nature conservation law, property rights theory and liability issues surrounding GMO releases; and community models for ecosystem and habitat management, especially in relation to common land and common pool resources.  Chris is Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review (Vathek), General Editor of the Environment and Countryside Law Series (University of Wales Press), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Chris was the Principal Investigatior of the ‘Contested Common Land’ project (2007-2010), a major collaborative project which formed part of the AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme, and is the Principal Investigator of the current follow-on project, Building Commons Knowledge Project (which runs from 2012-2013).  He is a co-author of Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance, Past and Present (Earthscan 2011). Further details of Chris Rodgers’ work and publications can be found on his Departmental profile page.

Professor Angus J. L. Winchester – Co-Investigator, Building Commons Knowledge Project

Angus is Professor of Local and Landscape History at Lancaster University. His research falls under two headings: landscape and environmental history, particularly of upland areas; and the local and regional identity in northern England, especially Cumbria.  Much of his recent work has been on the history of resource management on common land and, in particular, the role of manor courts. His study of manor court byelaws and the management of common land, published as The Harvest of the Hills (2000), led on to further work on the records of manorial administration, including the Cumbrian Manorial Records Project. It has also been developed further in the ‘Contested Common Land’ project (2007-2010), a major collaborative project which formed part of the AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme, and the current follow-on project, Building Commons Knowledge Project (which runs from 2012-2013). He is is also embarking on a project on Village Byelaws, building a corpus of byelaws from medieval and early modern northern England in order to analyse environmental management strategies by local communities, and to enable comparisons with byelaws from elsewhere in Britain and continental Europe. He is a co-author of Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance, Past and Present (Earthscan 2011). Further details of Angus Winchester’s work and publications can be found on his Departmental profile page.

Dr Ann Sinclair – Research Associate, Building Commons Knowledge Project

Ann is an Associate Member of Newcastle University and AHRC Research Associate, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology & Social Research from the University of Northumbria, and a PhD in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.  Ann says of her research that, ‘Research has always held a fascination for me and informed my choice of first degree study.  My principal area of interest is in historical research methods.  The exploration of the historical context can play a particularly important role in contemporary debates, the development of the law, political and social policy.  The focus of my PhD in family law was as much engaging with historical research methods to explore the shifts in the laws regulating the care of children post-separation from infant custody law to residency and contact law as the subject area itself.  Based as a research associate at Newcastle Law School, I have been fortunate to employ this particular approach alongside a range of methodologies in research projects across all disciplines of the law I have worked on.’

Dr Eleanor Straughton – Research Associate, Building Commons Knowledge Project

Eleanor is a Research Associate in the History Department at Lancaster University.  She began her research interest in common land in 2000 when she started her doctoral research into the governance of upland common land in Cumbria since c.1800. Following completion of her PhD, she worked as the project officer on the Cumbrian Manorial Records Project, and was a Research Associate on the Contested Common Land Project (2007-2010).  She is now a Research Associate on the follow-on Building Commons Knowledge Project (2012-2013).  Her book, Common Grazing in the Northern English Uplands, 1800-1965, was published in 2008 by Edwin Mellen Press, and she is a co-author of Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance, Past and Present (Earthscan 2011).