Past PhD projects

Browse our past research theses below, or see our current PhD students and their projects.


Ranjdar Al-Jaf - British policy towards the government of the Mosul vilayet from 1916-1926.

Aaron Andrews - A History of Urban Decline in Britain: Glasgow and Liverpool c. 1960-1990.

Helen Bates - The impact of John, 2nd Duke of Montagu's colonial, industrial and commercial ventures on his national estates, with a particular focus on how his Northamptonshire estates were affected (1700-1770).

Stewart Beale - The experience of war widows and orphans in the Midlands during the mid-seventeenth century.

Sophia Kotzer - Russian Orthodoxy, Nationalism and the Soviet state during the Gorbachev years 1985-1991.

Alessandro Laverda - Revising the Supernatural: The Inquiry on Miracles in Early Modern Canonisation Trials.

Kellie Moss - Convict Connections: The British Empire and the Establishment of the Swan River Colony.

Adam Prime - The British Officer in the Indian Army 1861-1945.

Emma Purcell - Houses and Homes: The Management of a Network of Great Households c. 1709-1827.

Katherine Roscoe - Island Chains: a spatial history of Australian convict islands.

Christopher Side - The rise and fall of Hathersage hacklepin making and its effects on the community.


Charlotte Ball - The symbolic value of the image of the snake in Anglo-Saxon culture, 700-900.

Matthew Blake - Perceptions of a Mutable Landscape: Dwelling on the Edge, Early Medieval North-West Staffordshire.

Hilary Crowden - The Development of Rutland as a County Community in the Modern Age.

Renato Da Silva - The Northumbrian elite in the 7th and 8th centuries.

Michael Gilbert - The Changing Landscape and Economy of Wisbech Hundred - 1250 to 1550.

Ines Hassen - Inner cities and globalisation: the example of Rheims and Leicester.

Hawkar Jalil - The British Administration of South Kurdistan and Local Responses 1918-1932.

Richard Morris - Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in Cape Town and Hong Kong.

Brenda Mortimer - Penal Reform, The Royal Prerogative of mercy and Robert Peel, Home Secretary 1822-7, 1828-30.

Qadir Muhammad - Kurds and Kurdistan from the viewpoints of British Travellers in the decades 1830-1840 and 1890-1900.

Andrew Ollerton - The Crisis of Calvinism in Cromwellian England: Arminian Soteriology in Anglican and Puritan Thought.

Jane Rowling - The farming community in Yorkshire, 1914 - 1951, through oral history.

Anna Scanlon - Post-war Theatrical Images of Anne Frank in Britain, United States and France.

Martin Watkinson - The microhistory of a Lincolnshire parish: Humberston, 1750-1850.

Hannah Worthen - The experiences of war widows and orphans in mid seventeenth-century England

Valerie Bagnas - Micro-History of Poor Relief Response to Crisis and Dearth: Quainton 1796-180.

Rachel Bennett - Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland 1740 to 1834.

Joseph Harley - Material lives of the English poor: a regional perspective, c.1670-1834.

Stephen Ling - Canonical Rules in the Carolingian World (Francia and Anglo-Saxon England c. 750 - 987)

Robert Love - Somerset: the journey from Parish Constable to County Police 1835 – 1856.

Philippa Mapes - The Trade and Consumption of English Wallpapers, 1700 – 1830.

Claire Melland - The Anglo-American Special Relationship and the Central African Federation 1957-63.

Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan - Illicit Mobilities and Wandering Lives: The Criminalization of Indigent Transiency in the Early American Republic.

Matthew Parker - Making the City Mobile: The Place of the Car in the Planning of Post-War Birmingham c. 1945-1973.


David Benjamin - Paid Service in Crusading Armies, 1095-1241.

Natasha Coveney - Moats in the Landscape: New Perspectives on Moated Sites.

Jonathan Duck - Expressions of meaning and belief in domestic buildings of southern fenland from Burwell in East Cambridgeshire to Godmanchester in Huntingdonshire, between c.1500AD and 1850A.

Maureen Harris - 'A Schismatical people': conflict between ministers and parishioners in C17th Warwickshire.

Richard Harrison - ‘British traffic planning and the urban environment in the 1960s: the cases of Leicester and Milton Keynes’

Michael Wallace Heaton - A study of how mixed farming fared financially in the interwar years in the area of the Midland Clays.

Stephen Murray - Bankside power station: planning, politics and pollution.

Adam Richardson - The Fabric of Disintegration – Thomas Manton among interregnum and restoration Presbyterians.

Kinda Skea - Identities and Networks of Nonconformist Ministers (1658-1674)

Emily Whewell - British Extraterritoriality in China: the legal system, functions of criminal jurisdiction, and its challenges, 1833-1943.


Alison Brown - Social History of Homicide in Scotland 1836-1860.

Stephanie Gudrun Rauch - The Holocaust in British Popular Culture: Interpretations of Recent Feature Films.

Janiece Johnson - In Search Of Punishment: Mormon Transgressions & the Mountain Meadows Massacre.