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 Reader in History. I am also the School of Humanities research students' tutor; director of the Centre for 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 '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 most recent 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 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 will be working with community groups in Milton Keynes. I am also undertaking research on the history of post-war 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, and served as a long-standing committee member of the Social History Society.

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