About me

I am Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire, where I am also director of the Centre for Regional and Local History.

For a quick summary of me, see: https://about.me/katrina.navickas

My main research interests are in the history of popular politics and protest in late 18th and early-mid 19th century Britain, particularly in the North of England. I enjoy experimenting with GIS and mapping protests and meetings.

My new book, Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848, is published by Manchester University Press (December 2015).

It is about how local and national governments attempted to privatise public space to exclude mass working-class movements for the vote and workers' rights, and the social movements' contests over such spaces. It also examines Luddites, Swing rioters and enclosure rioters as precedents for the anti-globalisation movement. See my website: http://protesthistory.org.uk for interactive maps and lists of meetings.

My first book is Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2009).

I am originally from Rochdale in Lancashire. I was lucky enough to read Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford. I taught at Oxford, Bath Spa and Edinburgh universities before I moved to the University of Hertfordshire in 2009. 

Outside researching and teaching history, I enjoy going to gigs and record shops, and listening to BBC 6music. I am a very occasional member of the Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra. I generally try to see Half Man Half Biscuit play live at least once a year. My favourite HMHB song is 'Emerging from Gorse'.


Here are some of the recordings on which I feature:

  • BBC Radio 3,  'Were the Luddites Right?' public debate, with Rana Mitter, Bill Thompson and Andrew Simms, recorded at the 'Free Thinking festival', Sage, Gateshead,  Nov. 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017cjqt 


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