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. My first book was Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815 (OUP, 2009). My next monograph, Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848, will be published by Manchester University Press in December 2015. See the website: http://protesthistory.org.uk
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. I taught at the universities of Oxford, Bath Spa and Edinburgh before joining Hertfordshire in 2009. I served as Acting Head of History in 2014.