University of Hertfordshire

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS

Senior Lecturer, Reader

Katrina Navickas

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS

Senior Lecturer, Reader

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


I am a member of the History group at the University of Hertfordshire. To see the staff pages of my History colleagues click here

I am Reader in History. I am also the School of Humanities research students' tutor; director of Regional and Local History Research, and member of the Digital History Research Centre.


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 Research interests:

  • protest and popular politics in the 18th and 19th centuries:

My research examines popular politics in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the spaces and places of protest in northern England.

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My most recent monograph is Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press, 2015). See the accompanying website of maps, data and more information:


My first book was Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815 (OUP, 2009). I have published widely on such topics as the Luddites, Swing rioters, political prisoners, political clothing, and protesters' use of landscape in the early 19th century.

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  • digital history:

I am inter-disciplinary in my research and am developing my skills in digital history. I experiment with mapping with GIS, and applying the theories and methods of cultural geography and space syntax to historical evidence. I was one of the two 2015 winners of the British Library Labs competition, for my digital history project, 'Political Meetings Mapper', which text-mined and mapped reports in 1840s newspapers -

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Katrina Navickas (2nd left) at the presentation of the British Library Labs awards, November 2015

  • urban forms and modernism:

The history of new towns, modernism and 20th century architecture and urban planning is a growing side-interest alongside my main research into 19th century urban forms and popular protest. I have worked with Stevenage Irish Network and Milton Keynes community groups, training them in oral and archive research. I am also undertaking community research on the history of post-war architecture in Croydon.


Research supervision:

I have supervised several PhD and MA by Research students to completion, on topics related to 19th century regional history. I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Nathan Bend, AHRC-collaborative doctoral studentship with The National Archives, on the Home Office and popular disturbance, 1800-1832
  • Karen Rothery, AHRC collaborative doctoral studentship with Oxford Brookes University, on the implementation of the New Poor Law in Hertfordshire
  • Dianne Shepherd, on women's agency in the East End of London between the Chartists and the Suffragettes
  • David Noble, on the Primitive Methodists in Hertfordshire.

I welcome applications for PhD and MA by Research students on: politics, protest and social movements in Britain from the 18th century to the present day; regional history, urban planning and transport; post-war modernism; digital projects relating to these topics.



I come from Rochdale in Lancashire. I read Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, and taught at the universities of Oxford, Bath Spa and Edinburgh before joining Hertfordshire in 2009. I served as Acting Head of History in 2014.

I am reviews editor of Social History, an editor of the International Journal of Regional and Local History, and I served as Communications Officer and a long-standing committee member of the Social History Society.

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