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Academic Biography

Natasha Vall is a Professor of urban and cultural history and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She leads all aspects of research in the School including REF, Research Centre and Research Group Management. Natasha also performs a number of University research leadership roles including Deputy Chair of the Athena Swan Implementation Group, Chair, Postgraduate Research and Assessment Board, Teesside University Programme Lead for the University Alliance DTA3 Cofund https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/ and the Teesside University Director for the Northern Bridge Consortium www.northernbridge.ac.uk.  

Summary of Research Interests

Natasha's research interests are in comparative urban (especially industrial and postindustrial) history. She published her second monograph 'Cultural Region' (Manchester University Press) in 2011, which is the first historical assessment of English regional cultural policy. Through the lens of North East England, this study reveals how the discourse of history and industrial heritage was deployed to shape the boundaries of the contemporary cultural region.

Forthcoming work will extend her expertise on North-East regional cultural policy to historical investigations of the popularity of waterfront commercial and residential developments as exemplars of cultural and urban regeneration. Natasha also sustains a strong profile of research in comparative Nordic history, with special emphasis on late modern urban history. She welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of modern urban history, cultural policy and post-industrial heritage.

Research Projects & External Funding

  • GreatPlace- Greater Tees. HLF/ACE, CI (2017)
  • HLF- Steel Stories, CI (2017)
  • Creative Fuse North East AHRC, (2015), project management team

PhD and Research Opportunities

PhD Supervisions

I am interested in hearing from potential students who wish to carry out a PhD around the topic areas above.

Current PhD students – Teesside:

  • James Beighton (2014): Reasoning the need: questioning the value and role of the visual arts in the life of an industrial town. AHRC funded full-time
  • Jacquline Hayes (2014): The emergence of open-air education in industrial and de-industrialising society during the first half of the twentieth century, with particular reference to the concept of the ‘delicate’ child. Part time student. Part-time Heritage Consortium
  • Tracey Jones (2016): Gender and identity: The relationship between femininity and dress in Victorian mining districts in England and Wales. AHRC funded, full-time
  • Judith Philips (2013): National identity, gender, social class and cultural aspiration in mid-nineteenth century England and France: Josephine Bowes (1825-1874), collector and museum curator. Part-time

Leeds Becket University:

Taras Nakonecznyj (2014) Theatres of Memory: The foundation of identity in the historic city, AHRC funded. Full time

Sheffield Hallam University:

Alex Wilson (2016): Pretend You’ll Survive: Archiving Independent Film and Video in Yorkshire, 1970-1990, AHRC funded. Full time

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC and Member of AHRC peer Review College
  • ESF peer reviewer

External Research Collaborations

  • University of Tubingen
  • University of Malmo
  • UCL
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Hull
  • Newcastle University
  • Durham University
  • Queens University, Belfast
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Natasha's research involves the critical appraisal of the process of culture-led regeneration in post-industrial conurbations and she has advised commercial property companies, business partners as well as cultural policy makers on the historical context for the regeneration of the urban landscape.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Research led teaching, doctoral training, students as researchers.

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Research Output

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    Coal is our strife: representing mining heritage in North East England

    Vall, N., 10 Dec 2017, In : Contemporary British History. 32, 1, p. 101-120

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    Press / Media

    AI start-up helps steel industry oral history project

    Joan Heggie & Natasha Vall


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    Award for project sharing steelworkers stories

    Joan Heggie & Natasha Vall


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