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Leucha Veneer

Leucha Veneer is currently working on the geophysics of oil in the Cold War, at present focusing specifically on developments in the exploitation of North Sea oil and its relation to the geopolitical situation in the 1960s & 1970s. She took her PhD, which focused on the applications of geology in early nineteenth-century Britain, at the University of Leeds.

Leucha’s early interest was in the relationship between geology and mining in late Georgian Britain, and her doctoral thesis examined this topic, and this brought with it consideration of the history of the earth sciences more generally, as well as the historiography of provincial science and science on the periphery. In the TEUS project she has extended these same concerns into the Cold War era, looking at the interactions between geophysics and oil extraction and considering the importance of locality in her studies.


  • Leucha Vener (2009). Practical geology in the Geological Society in its early years. In: C.L.E. Lewis & S.J. Knell, eds. The Making of the Geological Society of London. London: The Geological Society, pp. 243-253.
  • Leucha Vener (2009). Founders of the Geological Society of London (act. 1807). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Leucha Vener (2006). Provincial Geology and the Industrial Revolution. Endeavour 30, pp. 76-80.