I am a Lecturer in the history of modern Britain in the School of History and Heritage. I’m a cultural and urban historian, with a particular interest in anxieties about urban change and contested visions of the future. My PhD examined how the fear of air raids in mid-twentieth century Britain influenced perceptions of cities and urban spaces. It looked at how the designation of cities as targets in air power theory was written into the material fabric of cities themselves, as well as the architectural imaginaries of the cities of the future.
After I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I was a Fellow at the MECS Institute for Advanced Study at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg in Germany. At MECS I worked on connections between interwar air power theory and twenty-first century debates about ‘killer robots’, as well as presenting research on reconstruction planning, architecture for the blind, and cybernetics in mid-century Britain.
My ongoing research considers how the transformation of cities, spaces and architectures reflected broader historical changes in Britain, and informed perceptions of national and local progress and decline. It looks at contested ideas, images and architectural developments, and asks how our relationships with places contribute to our understandings of questions about power, agency, identity, history, alienation and memory.
Cultural History, Urban History, Modern Britain, Militarisation