University of Hertfordshire

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS


Katrina Navickas

Dr Katrina Navickas DPhil, MA (Oxon), FRHS


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


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


Research interests:

1. Protest and popular politics in the 18th and 19th centuries


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My latest monograph is Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press, 2015), now out in paperback. 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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I am committed to public engagement and co-production of research. I advised the creative writer Andy Hedgecock on a piece about the Pentrich Rising of 1817 for a new anthology of short stories edited by Ra Page, Protest!: Stories of Resistance, (Comma Press, 2017). I have been working with some of the actors researching their parts for Mike Leigh's new feature film, Peterloo. I organised the annual Chartism Day at Heronsgate, Rickmansworth, in June 2017, attended by local history groups and museums in west Hertfordshire as well as the leading academic scholars of Chartism.


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2. Digital history and geography:

I enjoy experimenting with digital methods, including mapping with GIS, and applying the theories and methods of cultural geography to history. I am currently collaborating with Dr Sam Griffiths and Blerta Dino of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, on a project applying Space Syntax methods and Depthmap software to historical urban street plans and political meeting sites.


I was one of the two winners of the 2015 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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3. urban planning and modernism:

The history of new towns, modernism and 20th century architecture and urban planning is a growing interest alongside my main research into 19th century urban forms. I am currently undertaking a small research project on reactions to the 1950s Super Grid electricity network in northern England.

As part of my role leading Local & Regional History within the Heritage Hub, 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.
  • Dianne Shepherd, on women's agency in the sweated trades of the East End of London between the Chartists and the Suffragettes.
  • David Noble, on the Primitive Methodists in Hertfordshire.
  • Peter Elliott, on the history of aircraft museums.

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, series editor of Explorations in Local and Regional History (UH Press), 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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