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Professor Poul Holm

Professor (History)

My current research interest is North Atlantic fisheries c. 1400-1700, and more generally the interdisciplinary combination of marine science and history. I have studied the impact of war on everyday life in Norway, Sweden and Denmark between 1550 and 1914 and published widely on medieval and early modern marine environment, coastal communities, and maritime culture. I began as a medieval historian with a specialism in the Vikings in Ireland - an interest which I have kept alive through my career. Other interest areas for me are research policy and the potential of digital technologies for the humanities. At Trinity College Dublin I have had the privilege of being the founding Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute. Previously I have been Rector of Roskilde University and Professor at Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark. I began my career as a curator at the Danish Fisheries and Maritime Museum. I served for four years as head of the Danish Research Council for the Humanities and was the founding President of the EU-funded network of research councils Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). I chaired the METRIS committee (Monitoring European Trends in Research in the Socio-economic sciences and humanities) for the EU Directorate-General for Research. I have served as President of three international academic organisations (European Society for Environmental History, the Association for the History of the Northern Seas, and the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres. In 2015 I was elected President of the European Alliance of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals (Humanities, Mariners' Mirror, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Global Environment, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures). I have been awarded visiting research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and the San Cataldo Foundation in Amalfi, Italy. I was a co-awardee of the prize for the Best Research of the Year 2009 by, a Danish science magazine, and was knighted by the Danish Queen for services to research in 2008. In 2011 the Japanese Cosmos Prize was awarded to the Scientific Steering Committee (of which I was a member) of the Census of Marine Life. In 2015 I was elected a Member of Academia Europaea. For the years 2016-2020 I hold a European Research Council Advanced Grant.
  Coastal Environmental Change   Coastal Zone Ecosystems and Management   Digital Humanities   Early development of Dublin   Economic History   Environment & Society   environmental history   Fish, Fisheries   Humanities   Marine   Marine Ecosystems   Marine Sciences, Maritime Studies   Medieval Europe   Medieval History   Urban and economic history   Vikings   Wetlands
 NorFish - North Atlantic Fisheries: An Environmental History, 1400-1700
 History of Marine Animal Populations
 Humanities for the Environment
 Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme
 Humanities World Report

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Chair, History of Marine Animal Populations / Oceans Past Initiative 2000-
President, European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres 2011-
Member, Trinity College Research Committee 2009-2012
Member of Steering Committee, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Landscape and Environment Programme 2008-2011
Member, Census of Marine Life, Scientific Steering Committee (global) 2000-2010
Chairman, METRIS, EU DG Research committee, Monitoring European Trends in Research in the Social sciences and the humanities 2008-2009
Member of Steering Committee, ESF-COST Interdisciplinary Initiative, A European Network of Networks: New Perspectives on Landscapes 2007-2009
Member, Linnaeus Grants Committee, Swedish Academy of Sciences 2007-2008
Member, Executive Committee (formandskabet), Vækstforum Sjælland (public-private regional development foundation) 2007-2008
Member, Governing Board, Viking Ship Museum 2007-2008
Member, Governing Board, Lejre Experimental Centre 2006-2008
Member, Council, Royal Danish Geographical Society 2006-2008
Member, Executive Committee, Øresund Science Region (public-private consortium of Danish-Swedish businesses, universities, regions and municipalities) 2006-2008
Member, Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Øresund University (consortium of 14 Danish and Swedish universities) 2006-2008
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, HERA Humanities in the European Research Area 2005-2006
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Black Sea Studies 2005-2006
President, ESEH, European Society for Environmental History 2005-2007
Member, Scientific Steering Committee, MarBEF (EU) 2004-2006
Member, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Fish Tax Foundation 2004-2006
Member, Standing Committee for the Humanities, European Science Foundation 2004-2006
Member, Governing Board of Danish Institute for International Studies 2003-2006
Vice-President, ESEH, European Society for Environmental History 2003-2005
Member, board of Institute for Fisheries Management and Coastal Communities Development 2003-2007
Chairman, European Network of Research Councils for the Humanities (ERCH) 2002-2004
Member, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Committee on Environmental Impact and Fisheries Resources 2001-2002
Chairman, Danish Research Council for the Humanities 2001-2005
Member, External Research Advisory Board, Danish National Museum 2001-2005
Secretary, Northern European History Research Network 2000-2002
Member, Academic Advisory Council, Danish Centre for Maritime Archaeology 2000-2003
Member, Danish Research Council for the Humanities 1999-2005
Member, Academic Advisory Council, National Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, UK 1996-1999
President, Association for the History of the Northern Seas 1993-1997
Treasurer, Association for the History of the Northern Seas 1992-1993
Coordinator, Danish Museums Network for Fisheries History 1992-2000
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Danish Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Faeroese Medium Basic Basic
French Medium Basic Basic
German Fluent Medium Basic
Icelandic Medium Basic Basic
Latin Medium Basic Basic
Norwegian Fluent Basic Medium
Swedish Fluent Basic Medium
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Academia Europaea 2015
European Society for Environmental History 2000
International Maritime Economic History Association 1989
Poul Holm & Ruth Brennan, Humanities for the Environment 2018 Report-Ways to Here, Ways Forward, Humanities, 7, (1), 2018, p1-10 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Introduction: New Approaches to Sustainable Offshore Food Production and the Development of Offshore Platforms in, editor(s)Bela Buck & Richard Langan , New approaches to sustainable offshore food production and the development of offshore platforms, Springer, 2017, pp1 - 20, [Poul Holm, Bela Buck, Richard Langan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Humanities, 6, 4, (2017), Albrecht Classen, [eds.], 2017, Journal, PUBLISHED  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI  DOI
P Holm & V Winiwarter, Climate change studies and the human sciences, Global and Planetary Change, 156, 2017, p115 - 122, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Charles Travis & Poul Holm, Lessons for the Anthropocene from the Recent Past: Tobacco Use, HIV/AIDS, and Social Transformation , Global and Planetary Change, 2017, p1-28 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Poul Holm & Charles Travis, The New Human Condition and Climate Change: Humanities and Social Science Perceptions of Threat, 2017, p1-6 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Emanuela Reale, Dragana Avramov, Claire Donovan, Ramon Flecha, Poul Holm, Kubra Kanhial, Charles Larkin, Benedetto Lepori, Judith Mosoni-Fried, Esther Oliver, Emilia Primeri, Lidia Puigvert, Andrea Scharnhorst, Andràs Schubert, Marta Soler, Sàndor Soòs, Teresa Sordé, Charles Travis and René Van Horik, A review of literature on evaluating the scientific, social, and political impact of social sciences and humanities research, Research Evaluation, 2017, p1-24 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dag Lorents Aksnes and Poul Holm (co-chairs), et al., Food from the oceans: how can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their bene ts?, SAPEA Evidence Review Report , 1, Berlin, SAPEA, Science Advice for Policy by European Academies, Nov , 2017, p1 - 154, Notes: [This question on Food from the Oceans was put to the European Scienti c Advice Mechanism (SAM) by Commissioner Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime A airs and Fisheries, on behalf of the European Commission. It was taken up by the SAM High-Level Group of Scienti c Advisors, which provides independent scienti c advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision-making. The SAPEA Consortium, an integral part of the Scienti c Advice Mechanism, was asked to produce an evidence review report to support the scienti c opinion of the High-Level Group.], Report, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Holm, Poul; Jarrick, Arne; Scott, Dominic, 2015世界人文學科研究概況報告 , Taipei, National Taiwan University Press, 2016, 1 - 310pp, Notes: [Chinese translation of Humanities World Report], Book, PUBLISHED
Commercial Sea Fisheries in the Baltic Region, c1000-1600 in, editor(s)James H. Barrett & David Orton , Cod and Herring: The Chronology, Causes and Consequences of Medieval Sea Fishing , Oxford, Oxbow, 2016, pp13-22 - [Poul Holm], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Poul Holm, Review of Crail and its Fisheries 1550-1600, by Thomas Riis , Economic History Review, 2017, p1 , Review, IN_PRESS
Poul Holm; Arne Jarrick; Dominic Scott, Humanities World Report 2015, Journal of Cultural Interaction in East Asia, 6, 2015, p107 - 117, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Can environmental humanities help make a better world? in, editor(s)Robert Emmett & Frank Zelko , Minding the gap. Working across disciplines in environmental studies, Munich, Rachel Carson Center, 2014, pp57 - 60, [Poul Holm], Notes: [], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Poul Holm, Oceans Past, Stockholm University, 22 January, 2014, Dept Archaeology, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Poul Holm, Translation and Impact of SSH Research, Social sciences and Humanities Research Policy, Swedish Academy of Letters, 4 April, 2014, Swedish Academy of Letters, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Poul Holm, Translation and Impact of Humanities Research, Global Humanities, Hanover, Germany, 18 June, 2014, Volkswagen Stiftung, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Poul Holm, The role of the humanities in addressing global challenges, EuroScience Open Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 June, 2014, ESOF, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Poul Holm, Outreach and translation, IHS Newsletter, Humanities World report, Taipei, Taiwan, National Taiwan University, 2013, pp13 - 15, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Poul Holm, Aquatic Food Supply, Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie, 11 March, 2013, Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Poul Holm, Environmental humanities, Nanjing Institute for Advanced Study, PRC, 18 May, 2013, Nanjing Institute for Advanced Study, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
R (Ridder (Knight) af Dannebrog ) 2008
Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2010
Member, Academia Europaea 2015
shared: COSMOS award (Steering Committee Census of Marine Life) 2011
(Shared) American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE awards): the Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and the Award for Earth Sciences 3 Feb 2011
Winner Best Danish Research of the Year 2009 2009
Honorary Professor, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China 2007
Honorary Professor, Three Gorges University, China 2007
Corresponding Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study, National Taiwan University March 2015
Marine and coastal environmental history, all periods. Early medieval (Viking) Scandinavia and Ireland