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Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Lincoln

I am a social and cultural historian of cities and environments, with a particular interest in anxieties about urban and environmental change and contested visions of the future. I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2014 and was a fellow at the MECS Institute for Advanced Study at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg before joining Lincoln in 2016. My 2019 book, Architectures of Survival: Air War and Urbanism in Britain, 1935-1952 (Manchester), examined how the development of airpower and the targeting of cities and civilians influenced perceptions of urban spaces and visions of urban futures.

My ongoing research considers how the transformation of cities after 1945 both contributed to and reflected broader historical changes in Britain, informing perceptions of national and local progress and decline. It asks how our relationships with places and environments contributes to our understandings of questions about power, agency, identity, history, and the future. I am currently developing a project on anti-asbestos activism in the UK with a particular focus on how campaigners successfully reframed asbestos as an widespread environment threat that existed in everyday domestic and public spaces, not just in factories and mines.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Lincoln


  • 2014 
    University of Sheffield, PhD History