University of Hertfordshire

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS

Katrina Navickas

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS

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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 Senior Lecturer in History, and the School of Humanities research students' tutor. I am also director of the Centre for Regional and Local History Research.


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 Research interests:

  • protest and popular politics in the 'age of revolutions':

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 current monograph is Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press, 2015). It examines how movements for democracy and workers' rights fought with local and national government over the right to protest in public spaces. It has an 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 clothing, and protesters' use of landscape in the early 19th century.

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  • digital history:

I enjoy experimenting with mapping with GIS, cultural geography and space syntax. I am one of the two 2015 winners of the British Library Labs competition, for my project, 'Political Meetings Mapper', which text-mined and geo-referenced columns of political meetings advertised in the Northern Star newspaper of the 1840s -

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

  • urban forms and modernism:

I am involved in initial projects relating to garden cities and post-war new towns in Hertfordshire. The history of modernism and 20thC architecture and urban planning is a growing side-interest alongside my main research into 19thC popular protest.



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.

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