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Dr Robert Gray joined the University of Winchester as Lecturer in Environmental History in 2015, gaining promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2018. Before coming to Winchester, Dr Gray worked at Anglia Ruskin University, King’s College London and Keele University. After a BA in History at the University of Leeds, he completed an MA in Central European History (with Hungarian) at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, from where he also gained his PhD. His teaching, research and publications explore the relationship between rural communities, landscape, and environmental change from the eighteenth century to the present. Dr Gray has been Programme Leader for History since 2017 and is currently Chair of Learning & Teaching in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Appointed Academic and University Governor 20 January 2020


  • Foundation Committee


Areas of expertise

  • Environmental history, historical climatology and human-nature relationships
  • Early Modern and Modern Central Europe
  • Rural society, agrarian and landscape history


Articles and chapters

‘Walking the Boundaries between Modernity and Tradition: Perambulation and Beating the Bounds in Nineteenth-Century Hungary’, in C. Bryantm, A. Burns and P. Readman (eds) 2016, Walking Histories, 1800 - 1914. London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp 35-36.

‘Etching the Law on the Land: The Role of Landscape and Custom in Defining the Space of the Hungarian Village in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’, Central Europe, Vol. 11:2, November, 2013, pp. 81-100

‘Bringing the Law Back In: Land, Law and the Hungarian Peasantry before 1848’, Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 91:3, June, 2013, pp. 511-34

‘’Revolutionary’ Forces in a ‘Traditional’ Society: The Place of The Peasantry in 1848’, in M. Rady and L. Peter, eds, Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Hungary and Central Europe, Commemorating 1956, University College London, School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies London, 2008, pp. 99-106

‘Land, Crown and Nation: The Problem of Land Reform in Nineteenth-Century Hungary’, in E. Ihatsu and R. Manytysalo, eds, Heritage and Risk in Rural Europe: Hungary, Oulo, 2006, pp. 5-29

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