Dr Laura Harrison

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  • Qualifications:MA (Hons), University of Glasgow; MA, University of York; PhD, University of Leeds
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Modern History
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+441179656261
  • Email:Laura2.Harrison@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Laura is a social and cultural historian, with a particular interest in the histories of youth, youth culture, and urban space. She began teaching at UWE in 2016, following a year at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, as the 2015-16 Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History. Laura completed her PhD in History at the University of Leeds in 2015, and her doctoral research focused on regulation, resistance, and young working-class behaviour in public space. Laura has published on urban poverty and the attempts made by reformers to understand and 'map' the slums of the Victorian and Edwardian city, and institutional attempts to informally police young women's behaviour in public, and is currently revising her doctoral research for publication as her first monograph. Her next project will be a spatial history of youth culture in Britain. 

Area of expertise

  • ​​Nineteenth and twentieth century British social and cultural history
  • ​Urban history and social geography
  • Histories of youth and youth culture
  • ​Working-class history in Britain
  • History of women, sexuality and gender relations
  • ​​History of leisure, social control and resistance​


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