Thesis Title: Out for a Walk: Pedestrian Practices & British Landscape Conservation, c.1850 - 1950
Supervisor: Dr John Clark
Jamie examines the practices of rural walking in Britain, c.1850 – 1950. She evaluates these rambling routines as responses to components of ‘modernity’, but also as manifestations of desires for meaningful encounters with rural landscapes. Through considering the ways in which these practices endorsed walker amenities – such as open spaces, footpaths, rights-of-way, and access privileges – she seeks to provide an environmental history of walking as it related to landscape conservation.
Before coming to St Andrews, Jamie received a BA in European Studies from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), an MA in Modern European History from CSULB (California State University, Long Beach), and a certificate in Forestry Recreation & Interpretation from Reedley College. In the future, she hopes to do field work, research, and writing for an organisation like the U.S. National Park Service or Scottish Natural Heritage.