Dr Valerie Wright

  • Leverhulme Trust Research Associate (Economic and Social History)

Biography

Valerie is currently Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Employment, politics and culture in Scotland, 1955-2015' based in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. 

Previous experience:

  • Lecturer Modern Scottish History, Scottish History, University of Glasgow
  • Research Associate - 'Housing, Everyday Life and Wellbeing over the long term: Glasgow 1950-1975', Urban Studies and History at the University of Glasgow (Leverhulme Trust)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Assistant - 'Jute & Dundee: The Management of Industrial Decline', Economics and History at the University of Dundee on a project entitled (Leverhulme Trust)

She completed her PhD in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. 

Research interests

Valerie is a historian of modern Britain with particular expertise in gender, social and political  history.

Research interests include:

  • The effects and legacy of the processes of deindustrialisation on communities and individuals in post-war Scotland
  • The changing structure of women’s employment and men’s unemployment in Britain in the post-war years
  • Women’s engagement in politics (broadly defined) and role in political change in twentieth century Britain
  • The long-term impact of the residualisation of council housing on the lack of affordable housing in the present day as well as the ongoing consequences for individuals and communities who reside in interwar and postwar council housing
  • Children’s use of urban space and the ways in which this was altered by urban planning in the post war years, especially with regards to play

Supervision

Recent supervision includes:

MA in History – Undergraduate Dissertations –

  • Gentrification in the East End: An oral history case study of the Barras and Paddy’s Market
  • ‘There’s tram tracks there for you in your life, how do you deviate?’ - An oral history of working class Glaswegian women coming of age in the 1960s/70s
  • The Relationship between Birth Control and Women's Rights
  • Female Scottish Gypsy Travellers: A Review of the Gender System within an Ethnic Minority Group, 1950-2000
  • 'Deep-fried Chinese snake, blobby pizzas and rubbery microwaved sausages': An Oral History of Changing Diets in 1980s Glasgow
  • Children's Play Areas in Cumbernauld from 1955 to 1980

MSc in Real Estate and Regeneration – Masters Dissertation

  • Why redevelop the St James Centre, Edinburgh? (completed)
  • Housing – Repairing or rebuilding? Resident choices in Glasgow (postponed)

Teaching

Valerie has a wide and varied range of teaching experience

Course co-ordination:

  • HIST4185 – Devolving the Nation: Scotland 1945-2004 (Honours Module – Scottish History)
  • HIST4173 – Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow (Honours Module – Scottish History)

Course contribution:

  • HIST5008 – Gender, Politics And Power (MPhil in Gender History)
  • HIST4089 – Life Histories: Personal Testimony And Memory (Honours Module – Modern History)
  • HIST1008 – History 1A: Scotland’s Millennium: Kingdom, Union and Nation, c.1000-2014
  • SPS3003 – Researching the City: Developing an Urban Profile (Urban Studies - Visiting Students from University of Nankai)

She also has extensive experience of teaching in Economic and Social History:

  • ESH4041 – Popular Culture in Britain 1870-c1939 (Honours Module)
  • ESH2001 – Economic & Social History 2A: Britain 1770-1914
  • ESH2002 – Economic & Social History 2B: Britain since 1914
  • ESH1001 and ESH1002 (renamed subsequently)

Additional information

Valerie is currently a member of the Centre for Gender History. She is also a member of the steering committee of Women’s History Scotland (website coordinator).

Valerie has also recently appeared as an interviewee on Episode 2 :‘Home’ of Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Scottish Childhood on BBC TWO Scotland and will shortly appear as an interviewee on ‘The Story of Thread’ a documentary about Paisley for BBC Scotland.

 

Publications

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Jump to: 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009
Number of items: 6.

2014

Breitenbach, E., and Wright, V. (2014) Women as active citizens: Glasgow and Edinburgh c.1918–1939. Women's History Review, 23(3), pp. 401-420. (doi:10.1080/09612025.2013.820602)

Wright, V. (2014) A woman's industry? The role of women in the workforce of the Dundee jute industry c. 1945-1979. International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 8(2/3), pp. 110-125. (doi:10.1504/IJMCP.2014.063847)

2012

Wright, V. (2012) The Prevention of rural depopulation: housing and the Scottish women's rural institutes, c.1917–39. Twentieth Century British History, 23(3), pp. 336-358. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwr048)

2011

Tomlinson, J., Morelli, C., and Wright, V. (2011) The Decline of Jute Managing Industrial Change. Series: Perspectives in economic and social history (9). Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781848931244

Wright, V. (2011) Juteopolis and after: women and work in twentieth-century Dundee. In: Tomlinson, J. and Whatley, C. (eds.) Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 132-162. ISBN 9781845860905

2009

Wright, V. (2009) Education for active citizenship: women’s organisations in interwar Scotland. History of Education, 38(3), pp. 419-436. (doi:10.1080/00467600902855454)

This list was generated on Sat Apr 22 09:23:38 2017 BST.
Number of items: 6.

Articles

Breitenbach, E., and Wright, V. (2014) Women as active citizens: Glasgow and Edinburgh c.1918–1939. Women's History Review, 23(3), pp. 401-420. (doi:10.1080/09612025.2013.820602)

Wright, V. (2014) A woman's industry? The role of women in the workforce of the Dundee jute industry c. 1945-1979. International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 8(2/3), pp. 110-125. (doi:10.1504/IJMCP.2014.063847)

Wright, V. (2012) The Prevention of rural depopulation: housing and the Scottish women's rural institutes, c.1917–39. Twentieth Century British History, 23(3), pp. 336-358. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwr048)

Wright, V. (2009) Education for active citizenship: women’s organisations in interwar Scotland. History of Education, 38(3), pp. 419-436. (doi:10.1080/00467600902855454)

Books

Tomlinson, J., Morelli, C., and Wright, V. (2011) The Decline of Jute Managing Industrial Change. Series: Perspectives in economic and social history (9). Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781848931244

Book Sections

Wright, V. (2011) Juteopolis and after: women and work in twentieth-century Dundee. In: Tomlinson, J. and Whatley, C. (eds.) Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 132-162. ISBN 9781845860905

This list was generated on Sat Apr 22 09:23:38 2017 BST.