Flora Roberts


Assistant Professor, Cardiff University


Flora Roberts is a lecturer in Environmental History at Cardiff University, in Wales. She holds a BA in Classics from Oxford University, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Chicago (2016). Previously she was a member of the Junior Research Group on the Environment and Society of Central Asia at Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany (2016-20).  She has published articles in Central Asian Survey, Ab Imperio and the latest issue of the Rachel Carson Center’s Perspectives (2/2020), and is currently working on two book projects: Patricians of Leninabad: Power and Lineage in Soviet Central Asia is based on her dissertation research into saintly lineages in Khujand, northern Tajikistan, while The Sea in the Valley is an environmental history of the Syr Darya River and the Ferghana Valley in the modern period.

Publications related to the project’s theme

Jeanne Féaux de la Croix, Flora Roberts, ‘Big Dam Biographies in Central Asia: Tracing Goals, Actors and Impacts between 1945 and 2015’, in S. Dorondel & S. Serban, eds., Planners, Experts and Bureaucrats: The Transformation of Economy and Nature in European Peripheries, Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh University Press, 2021, in print

Flora Roberts, ‘Dam Panegyric: Poetry for Environmental Engineering in Soviet Tajikistan’, N. Breyfogle, ed., Water, Culture, and Society, Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh University Press, 2021, in print

Flora J. Roberts, ‘Places in Translation: Rivers and Dams in Central Asia’, RCC Perspectives 2 (2020): 32–39

Flora J. Roberts, ‘A Controversial Soviet Dam: Rivalry and “Fraternal Cooperation” on the Syr Darya’, Ab Imperio 2018/2: 117–43

Flora J. Roberts, ‘A Time for Feasting? Autarky in the Tajik Ferghana Valley at War, 1941–1945’, Central Asian Survey 36/1 (2017): 37–54

Personal URL:


< Back to Team page

Search OpenEdition Search

You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search