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 Reader in History and a member of the History department at the University of Hertfordshire.


I have been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2018-19 for a new project, 'The history of public space in England, 1700-2000'.


I lead Regional and Local History Research at the Heritage Hub.

I am the new programme director for the MA History. To find out more about the MA History, go to


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I have published widely on such topics as the Luddites, Swing rioters, Chartists, political prisoners, political clothing, and protesters' use of landscape. My new research interest in rural modernism has begun with an article in Rural History on the public inquiries into the Super Grid power network in the 1950s.

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I am editor of the UH Press book series Explorations in Regional and Local History, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Regional and Local History. I am reviews editor of Social History.

I am committed to public engagement and community co-production. My historical essay on the Pentrich Rising of 1817 accompanies Andy Hedgecock's creative writing for an anthology of short stories edited by Ra Page, Protest!: Stories of Resistance, (Comma Press, 2017). In 2017, I worked with several actors in Mike Leigh's new feature film, Peterloo.

I have recently worked with the HLF funded Kennington Chartist Project in south London to commemorate the 1848 Chartist 'monster' meeting in the park with a series of community workshops and events in summer 2018. 




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. Between 2014 and 2018, I collaborated 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 -



I am 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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