One of our ICS Early-Career Research Associates, Dr Andrew Fox, has been selected to attend a British Academy- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Knowledge Frontiers Symposium in spring 2023 on the topic ‘What is a Good City?’.

The British Academy-Alexander von Humboldt Knowledge Frontiers symposia are designed to encourage networking among early-career researchers in arts and humanities in the UK and Germany, with an eye to future research collaboration.  Dr Fox has been selected to participate in this year’s symposium which aims to draw on the insights of the humanities and social sciences to explore varied understandings and experiences of what is a good city.

Andrew Fox is an Early Career Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Reading. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the role of nature in ancient cities, with a primary focus on the integration of green spaces. His first monograph, Trees in Ancient Rome: Growing an Empire in the Late Republic and Early Principate is coming out in August 2023 under Bloomsbury's Ancient Environments series.Previously, he has published on the mitigation of environmental pollution in ancient Rome and trees in art, with a forthcoming article exploring the definition and creation of groves in ancient literature and law. His next project will expand on his earlier work on environmental pollution, and will judge the efficacy of ancient mitigations.

He has spoken on using the ancient city as a learning point for modern cities at public lectures and on podcasts, most recently with Business LDN.  He also curated the latest issue of the School of Advanced Study’s Talking Humanities blog on the question of what the study of the ancient world can contribute to environmental humanities.

Congratulations, Andrew, on your selection for this exciting scheme!