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Research Project

Planetary History: Growth in the Anthropocene

2018 – 2021

Project Summary

This project explored the history of planetary change through close analysis of the biophysical dimension of economic development and the history of earth system science.

Research Team

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Associate Professor of British History, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College

University of Chicago

His current research deals with a set of closely related themes in environmental history, history of science, and political economy. The British Industrial Revolution saw the birth of the first fossil fuel economy. At the same time, geologists transformed the public understanding of the earth's...

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

University of Chicago

Dipesh Chakrabarty’s research interests are in modern South Asian history and historiography, in postcolonial theory and its impact on history-writing, and in comparative studies of questions and politics of modernity.


He is a founding member of the editorial collective of...

Emily Lynn Osborn

Emily Lynn Osborn

Associate Professor of African History, African Studies, and the College; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies; Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

University of Chicago

Osborn is a historian of Africa, with a particular interest in precolonial and colonial West Africa. She is currently the Faculty Director of the Senegal study abroad program, and she has also served as co-director of the Committee on African Studies, chair of the College’s British fellowships...

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