Staff profile

Professor Paul Elliott

Professor of Modern History

Paul Elliott




College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Research Lead, Humanities

Deputy Chair, College Research Committee

College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research interests

Interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, utilising approaches from history, the social sciences, cultural and historical geography and cultural history. 

Postgraduate Students

Professor Elliott welcomes postgraduate students with research interests in any of the following areas:

In the media

 Professor Elliott welcomes enquiries on subjects that relate to his research interests.

Recent publications

Some Recent Publications

Oak tree from Glasgow coat of arms in the City's Botanic Gardens

Paul Elliott, Professor of Modern History at the University of Derby maintains that we can be inspired by the host city of Glasgow and particularly its history of ambitious municipal environmental intervention.  

fountain at Derby Arboretum

Following the news that some of Derby and Derbyshire’s parks have received Green Flag awards, Paul Elliott, Professor of modern history, who has researched the history of public parks and green spaces, explores what this means for the city and county.

a sketch of a foxglove, frog bit and fumitory

Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin's grandfather, is the subject of a new book, Erasmus Darwin's Gardens: Medicine, Agriculture and the Sciences in the Eighteenth Century (Woodbridge; Boydell Press, 2021), by Paul Elliott, University of Derby Professor of Modern History. The new study investigates the role of gardens in Erasmus Darwin's life.

View of people walking over stepping stones at Dovedale

This month marks the anniversary of the creation of the Peak National Park in 1951, the first British national park to be established in the wake of the Second World War. Paul Elliott, Professor of Modern History at the University of Derby, looks at the impact that the park’s establishment and existence have had on its communities and the nation as a whole over the past seven decades.