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Contact DetailsTom Brooking


Research Interests

Tom specialises in New Zealand and comparative rural and environmental history, New Zealand political history and the historical links between New Zealand and Scotland. This research has focused upon on environmental transformation and the role of colonising peoples in that process, particularly farming and its economic, environmental and sociological impacts.

He has published seven sole author books, two co-authored books, and three edited volumes, in addition to numerous book chapters, essays and articles. His three most recent major books are Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand (University of Otago Press, 2013) edited with Eric Pawson; Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand (McGill-Queens University Press with Otago University Press, 2013) co-authored with Brad Patterson and Jim McAloon and a large monogragh on the life of Richard John Seddon entitled Richard Seddon: King of God's Own (Penguin, 2014).


Patterson, B., Brooking, T., & McAloon, J. (2013). Unpacking the kists: The Scots in New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 412p. Authored Book - Research

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (Eds.). (2011). Seeds of empire: The environmental transformation of New Zealand. London: I. B. Tauris, 296p. Edited Book - Research

Brooking, T. (2009). 'Green Scots and golden Irish': The environmental impact of Scottish and Irish settlers in New Zealand: Some preliminary ruminations. Journal of Irish & Scottish Studies, 3(1). Journal - Research Article

Brooking, T., & Pawson, E. (2007). Silences of grass: Retrieving the role of pasture plants in the development of New Zealand and the British Empire. Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History, XXXV(3), 417-436. Journal - Research Article

Brooking, T. (2006). Weaving the tartan into the flax: Networks, identities, and Scottish migration to nineteenth-century Otago, New Zealand. In A. McCarthy (Ed.), A global clan: Scottish migrant networks and identities since the eighteenth century. (pp. 183-202). London: Tauris Academic Studies. Chapter in Book - Research

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