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Professor Matthew Cragoe

University of Lincoln – Visiting Professor, College of Arts

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An extremely established specialist in rural history, Professor Matthew Cragoe is Chair of the UK committee for the Man and Biosphere Programme.

As an historian of British rural and landscape history, Matthew has led a major AHRC-funded project into the role played by parliamentary enclosure in reshaping rural relations in eighteenth century Northamptonshire and has written extensively on landed society in Wales.

Professor Cragoe is heavily invested in conservation and sustainable development, and his research embraces a variety of themes in Modern British History including rural history (particularly parliamentary enclosure). He is currently working on two projects, one focused on the history of 18th century cricket, the second involving a survey of the epitaphs used on gravestones since c. 1700 as a means of accessing shifts in popular understandings of death and the possibility of salvation.

Through his role as chair of the Committee for the Man and the Biosphere Programme, Matthew combines his love for the land and sociology as he works to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. The committee bridges the gap between natural and social sciences in order to pool research and make informed decisions about how best to safeguard our natural and managed ecosystems.

Alongside his Fellowships of the Royal Historical Society and of the Learned Society of Wales; until 2019 Matthew was Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. He also chaired the University’s Environment & Sustainability Committee and currently retains a role at the University as a Visiting Professor.

#Institution

University of Lincoln
Visiting Professor, College of Arts

SINCE 2019

#Alma-Matter

University of Oxford
D Phil.

1990 – OXFORD

#Role at UNESCO

Chair of the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee

SINCE 2018

QUOTE

“This recognition acknowledges the Island as an international example of how people and nature can thrive together sustainably, and it gives us hope for the future of ourselves, our children and future generations living in this beautiful place.”

Richard Grogan, Isle of Wight AONB Lead Officer, Speaking alongside Matthew about the Isle of Wight’s bid to become a Biosphere Reserve.

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ROLE AT UNESCO

Professor Matthew Cragoe Chairs the UK committee for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme.

Institutions

University of Lincoln
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Arts

FROM 2014 – 2019

University of Sussex
Professor of Modern British History and Head of School (History, Art History and Philosophy)

FROM 2009 – 2014

University of Hertfordshire
Professor of Modern British History

FROM 1993 – 2009

Role at UNESCO

Chair of the UK Committee for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme

SINCE 2018

COMMISSION

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme

ESTABLISHED 1971 – PARIS, FRANCE

The MAB programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. The UK Committee for MAB oversees the programme in the UK, focusing on biosphere reserves around the country.

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SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Matthew’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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QUOTE

“We cannot be complacent and the university is keen to work with other interested people and parties in the city to understand factors affecting the Brayford swans and to help their populations thrive.”

Professor Cragoe, Speaking of the need for habitat protection in Lincoln.

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