Professor of Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Member of Academia Europaea and Vice-Chair of the Humanities Class. Chair of the Oceans Past Initiative, OPI, a global network of some 200 historians, archaeologists and marine scientists aiming to understand human impact on ocean ecology. In the past Poul has been Professor of Maritime History, University of Southern Denmark, and Rector (President) of the University of Roskilde. He was President of the European Society for Environmental History 2005-7. In 2017 Enterprise Ireland named him ‘Champion of European Research’ as the highest ranked Irish researcher by the European Research Council in the last five years across all disciplinary fields.
Poul’s doctoral thesis examined the impact of war on everyday life in Norway, Sweden and Denmark between 1550 and 1914. He has published on fisheries history and marine environmental history; coastal communities and culture; and Viking settlements in Ireland. In 2015 Poul was awarded the European Research Council Advanced Grant of €2.5 mill. in support of his current research project on the environmental history of North Atlantic Fisheries, c. 1400-1700.