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Thesis Title: The Origins of Scotland's Country Parks.
Start Year: 2013

Email: pback1@shef.ac.uk

 

Supervisors

Primary: Dr Tim Baycroft | Secondary: Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid

 

Research Topic

2017 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Countryside (Scotland) Act, which (among other things) created Country Parks as a means of dealing with a forecast increase in demand for outdoor recreation. The underlying rationale was flimsy, though, especially in Scotland, and yet Country Parks have survived and, in some cases, thrived. My thesis explores how initial opportunism using the legislation and its associated funding evolved into a more coherent purpose and policy through the provision of new opportunity for outdoor recreation, and explores the strengths and weaknesses of Scotland’s Country Parks during this process.

 

Academic Background

  • Advanced Diploma in Historic Environment, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • Certificate in Transport History, University of York, 2003
  • B.A. Modern History, University of Stirling, 1974

 

Published Work

  • Legislating for Landscapes; in Historic Gardens Review 35, 2017: 1
  • Testing the Feasibility of Performance Indicators for Play facilities in England in Managing Leisure 13, Issue 3-4, Oct 2008, pp. 207 - 226

 

Book Reviews

  • Rural Modernity, Everyday Life and Visual Culture by Rosemary Shirley (Ashgate, Farnham, 2015); in Landscape History Vol. 37:1 2016, pp. 122-123
  • Why National Parks? by Ian O. Brodie (Wildtrack, Sheffield, 2013); in Landscape History, Vol. 36 (1), 2015

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Countryside Recreation Network
  • Member of the Landscape Research Group
  • Member of the Scottish History Network