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. I research and teach the history of protest and collective action, especially over contested spaces and places in Britain from the 18th century to today. I take a cross-disciplinary approach in social and political history, cultural geography and digital humanities. I also promote regional heritages and community co-production of research. 

Research interests:

  • popular democratic and social movements in the long 19th century
  • protest and collective action
  • the history of public space and open spaces preservation
  • modernism and town and country planning in 20th century Britain


Current projects:

I am currently Open Spaces Society Fellow at the Museum of English Rural Life, 2020-21, undertaking a project on their archive collections related to commons preservation in the early 20th century. . I will be holding an online exhibition and symposium on the extensive lantern slides collection at MERL in September 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: 

I am a founder of the inter-disciplinary research network Rural Modernism. We have been awarded two AHRC Research Networking grants as part of the NERC Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets programme: our progress on In 2020-21, we are working with local communities in Stoke on Trent, Gainsborough and the New Forest to consider the policy implications for decommissioned energy landscapes and their future heritage.



Manchester University Press - Protest and the politics of space and place,  1789–1848


My monographs and articles examine the 19th century democratic and working-class movements in England, including the Luddites, the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, and Chartism.

I am now moving into a broader research field in environmental and urban history, and have published an article in Rural History (2019) on the public inquiries into the Super Grid power network in the 1950s. My forthcoming publications will examine the history of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, and the impact of large-scale energy and communications infrastructure on the landscape of the Pennine moorland in the 20th century.

I also use digital tools such as GIS in my research, including as part of a collaboration with Dr Sam Griffiths of UCL Bartlett School of Architecture Space Syntax Lab on mapping political meeting sites on 19th century town plans. 



I actively promote regional and people's history, through public engagement and community co-production. I am co-editor of the UH Press book series, Explorations in Regional and Local History, and co-editor of the International Journal of Regional and Local History; I am Reviews Editor for Social History journal. 





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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