Dr Camilla Allen has joined the 'Women of the Welfare Landscape' project as research associate, and will be working with lead researcher, Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr.
"I am really excited to be working on Women of the Welfare Landscape with Luca as it presents the opportunity to explore and share the important legacies of the women who shaped so many aspects of our practice. At a time of such crises as we are living through, it is all the more necessary to understand the processes of fairness and compassion which underpinned the creation of landscapes in service of communities across the UK in the post-war period. I also can't wait to get back into archival research which is such a great way to get to know the people and networks that underpin this project and are such an essential way of understanding these hopeful visions of society and the lessons that they have for us now."
Dr Allen is a landscape architect and historian, who completed her doctorate, ‘The Making of the Man of the Trees’, in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield on the forester and conservationist Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889–1982). Her research focuses upon the relationship we have with the natural world, with trees as the focus, which she explores through particular places, people and events like Britain's three tree cathedrals, the designation of special groves within California's coast redwood forest, and the commemorative planting of trees in Sheffield during and after the Great War. Along with Dr Jan Woudstra she has edited 'The Politics of Street Trees' which is published by Routledge.