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I am Professor of History. I am an expert in the history of protest and collective action, and contested public spaces in England from the eighteenth century to today.

I take a cross-disciplinary approach in social and political history, cultural geography and digital humanities. I promote regional heritages and community co-production of research. I am director of the University's Heritage Hub.

Research interests:

  • popular democratic and social movements 1760s-2000
  • the history of public space and open spaces preservation
  • modernism, planning and landscape in 20th century Britain


Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789–1848: Amazon.co.uk:  Navickas, Katrina: 9780719097058: Books

I am currently working on my third monograph, working title, Contested Commons: Protest and Public Space in England. My most recent publication is 'Legal and historical geographies of the Greenham Common protest camps in the 1980s', Journal of Historical Geography, 2023.

I was awarded a fellowship in 2020-21 at the Museum of English Rural Life Fellowship, sponsored by the Open Spaces Society, undertaking a project on their archive collections. https://historyofpublicspace.uk/my-oss-fellowship-at-merl-2021/ 

My Royal Historical Society lecture, 'The right of public meeting from the Bill of Rights to the Public Order Acts', 5 February 2021 is available online:  https://royalhistsoc.org/virtual-lecture-5-february-2021/ 

I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 2018-19 for 'The history of public space in England, 1700-2000'. See the website: http://historyofpublicspace.uk/ 

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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. 


Teaching specialisms

I am supervisor for these postgraduate students:

- Peter Elliott, PhD, ‘The origins and development of aircraft museums in the UK’

- Pauline Schofield, PhD, ‘A Life Geography of L. Edna Walter B.Sc., O.B.E. (1866-1962), Woman of Science, Agent of the State, Mountaineer: Women’s Emancipation at the Intersection of Space, Place, Gender and Power’

- together with supervision of students on the professional doctorate in Heritage

I welcome students wishing to study 18th and 19th century British history, particularly relating to regional history, social movements and popular politics, 20th century modernism, landscape, historical and cultural geography, and digital history.


Commercial and public engagement

I am the director of the university's Heritage Hub, connecting academics and heritage institutions

I am an editor of the UH Press book series Explorations in Local and Regional History

I have worked with several HLF funded community projects, including Kennington Chartist Project 2018 and the Peterloo 2019 commemorations.

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