Dr Valerie Wright

  • Research Associate (History)
  • Affilate (School of Social & Political Sciences)

email: Valerie.Wright.2@glasgow.ac.uk

History, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4400-9272

Biography

Valerie is currently Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Building a Modern Scotland: The New Towns, c. 1947-2017' based in History at the University of Glasgow. 

Previous experience:

  • Research Fellow on the ESRC funded project 'Reimagining the Future in Older Age' based in Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling.
  • Research Associate - 'Employment, politics and culture in Scotland, 1955-2015', Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow (Leverhulme Trust).
  • Lecturer Modern Scottish History, Scottish History, University of Glasgo
  • 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. 

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

Research interests

Valerie's current research focuses on exploring the development, history and legacy of the new towns programme in Scotland. 

Other research interests include:

  • older adult's perceptions of future time and hopes and desires for the future
  • The effects and legacy of the processes of deindustrialisation on communities and individuals in post-war Scotland
  • The changing structure of women’s employment 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
  • 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

Publications

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Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009
Number of items: 24.

2021

Wright, V. (2021) Making their own fun: children’s play in high-rise estates in Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s. In: Pooley, S. and Taylor, J. (eds.) Children’s Experiences of Welfare in Modern Britain. University of London Press. ISBN 9781912702862 (In Press)

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2021) Deindustrialisation and the Moral Economy in Scotland since 1955. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474479240

Wright, V. , Phillips, J. and Tomlinson, J. (2021) Defending the right to work: the 1983 Timex workers’ occupation in Dundee. Labour History Review, 86(1), pp. 63-90. (doi: 10.3828/lhr.2021.4)

Hazley, B., Abrams, L. , Kearns, A. and Wright, V. (2021) Place, memory and the British high rise experience: negotiating social change on the Wyndford Estate, 1962–2015. Contemporary British History, 35(1), pp. 72-99. (doi: 10.1080/13619462.2020.1845148)

2020

Abrams, L. , Kearns, A. , Hazley, B. and Wright, V. (2020) Glasgow: High-Rise Homes, Estates and Communities in the Post-War Period. Series: Built environment city studies. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138317093 (doi:10.4324/9780429455339)

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2020) Being a ‘Clydesider’ in the age of deindustrialisation: skilled male identity and economic restructuring in the West of Scotland since the 1960s. Labor History, 61(2), pp. 151-169. (doi: 10.1080/0023656X.2019.1666973)

2019

Tomlinson, J. , Phillips, J. and Wright, V. (2019) De-industrialization: a case study of Dundee, 1951-2001, and its broad implications. Business History, (doi: 10.1080/00076791.2019.1676235) (Early Online Publication)

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2019) Deindustrialization, the Linwood car plant and Scotland’s political divergence from England in the 1960s and 1970s. Twentieth-Century British History, 30(3), pp. 399-423. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwz005)

Abrams, L. , Fleming, L., Hazley, B., Wright, V. and Kearns, A. (2019) Isolated and dependent: women and children in high-rise social housing in post-war Glasgow. Women's History Review, 28(5), pp. 794-813. (doi: 10.1080/09612025.2018.1472897)

Kearns, A. , Wright, V. , Abrams, L. and Hazley, B. (2019) Slum clearance and relocation: a reassessment of social outcomes combining short- term and long-term perspectives. Housing Studies, 34(2), pp. 201-225. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1409342)

Wright, V. , Kearns, A. , Abrams, L. and Hazley, B. (2019) Planning for play: seventy years of ineffective public policy? The example of Glasgow, Scotland. Planning Perspectives, 34(2), pp. 243-263. (doi: 10.1080/02665433.2017.1393627)

2018

Abrams, L. , Hazley, B., Wright, V. and Kearns, A. (2018) Aspiration, agency, and the production of new selves in a Scottish new town, c.1947–c.2016. Twentieth Century British History, 29(4), pp. 576-604. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwy006) (PMID:29860425)

Hughes, A. and Wright, V. (2018) What did the rent strikers do next? Women and Housing struggles in Interwar Scotland. In: Gray, N. (ed.) Rent and its Discontents: A Century of Housing Struggle. Series: Transforming capitalism. Rowan & Littlefield International: London, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9781786605740

Wright, V. (2018) ‘Housing problems … are political dynamite’: housing disputes in Glasgow c. 1971 to the present day. Sociological Research Online, (doi: 10.1177/1360780418780038) (Early Online Publication)

Clark, J. and Wright, V. (2018) Urban regeneration in Glasgow: Looking to the past to build the future? The case of the ‘New Gorbals’. In: Clark, J. and Wise, N. (eds.) Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy and Practice. Series: The Urban book series. Springer International Publishing, pp. 45-70. ISBN 9783319723105 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-72311-2_3)

Hazley, B., Wright, V. , Abrams, L. and Kearns, A. (2018) 'People and their homes rather than housing in the usual sense’? Locating the tenant’s voice in Homes in High Flats. Women's History Review, 28(5), pp. 728-745. (doi: 10.1080/09612025.2018.1472890)

Wright, V. (2018) ‘Tinkering at a local level’: Unemployment, state intervention and community agency in Ferguslie Park, Paisley c. 1972-1977. Scottish Labour History, 53, pp. 192-211.

2015

Wright, V. , Hazley, B., Abrams, L. and Kearns, A. (2015) Housing, Everyday Life and Wellbeing over the Long-term: Glasgow 1950-1975. [Website]

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)

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Number of items: 24.

Articles

Wright, V. , Phillips, J. and Tomlinson, J. (2021) Defending the right to work: the 1983 Timex workers’ occupation in Dundee. Labour History Review, 86(1), pp. 63-90. (doi: 10.3828/lhr.2021.4)

Hazley, B., Abrams, L. , Kearns, A. and Wright, V. (2021) Place, memory and the British high rise experience: negotiating social change on the Wyndford Estate, 1962–2015. Contemporary British History, 35(1), pp. 72-99. (doi: 10.1080/13619462.2020.1845148)

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2020) Being a ‘Clydesider’ in the age of deindustrialisation: skilled male identity and economic restructuring in the West of Scotland since the 1960s. Labor History, 61(2), pp. 151-169. (doi: 10.1080/0023656X.2019.1666973)

Tomlinson, J. , Phillips, J. and Wright, V. (2019) De-industrialization: a case study of Dundee, 1951-2001, and its broad implications. Business History, (doi: 10.1080/00076791.2019.1676235) (Early Online Publication)

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2019) Deindustrialization, the Linwood car plant and Scotland’s political divergence from England in the 1960s and 1970s. Twentieth-Century British History, 30(3), pp. 399-423. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwz005)

Abrams, L. , Fleming, L., Hazley, B., Wright, V. and Kearns, A. (2019) Isolated and dependent: women and children in high-rise social housing in post-war Glasgow. Women's History Review, 28(5), pp. 794-813. (doi: 10.1080/09612025.2018.1472897)

Kearns, A. , Wright, V. , Abrams, L. and Hazley, B. (2019) Slum clearance and relocation: a reassessment of social outcomes combining short- term and long-term perspectives. Housing Studies, 34(2), pp. 201-225. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1409342)

Wright, V. , Kearns, A. , Abrams, L. and Hazley, B. (2019) Planning for play: seventy years of ineffective public policy? The example of Glasgow, Scotland. Planning Perspectives, 34(2), pp. 243-263. (doi: 10.1080/02665433.2017.1393627)

Abrams, L. , Hazley, B., Wright, V. and Kearns, A. (2018) Aspiration, agency, and the production of new selves in a Scottish new town, c.1947–c.2016. Twentieth Century British History, 29(4), pp. 576-604. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwy006) (PMID:29860425)

Wright, V. (2018) ‘Housing problems … are political dynamite’: housing disputes in Glasgow c. 1971 to the present day. Sociological Research Online, (doi: 10.1177/1360780418780038) (Early Online Publication)

Hazley, B., Wright, V. , Abrams, L. and Kearns, A. (2018) 'People and their homes rather than housing in the usual sense’? Locating the tenant’s voice in Homes in High Flats. Women's History Review, 28(5), pp. 728-745. (doi: 10.1080/09612025.2018.1472890)

Wright, V. (2018) ‘Tinkering at a local level’: Unemployment, state intervention and community agency in Ferguslie Park, Paisley c. 1972-1977. Scottish Labour History, 53, pp. 192-211.

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

Phillips, J. , Wright, V. and Tomlinson, J. (2021) Deindustrialisation and the Moral Economy in Scotland since 1955. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474479240

Abrams, L. , Kearns, A. , Hazley, B. and Wright, V. (2020) Glasgow: High-Rise Homes, Estates and Communities in the Post-War Period. Series: Built environment city studies. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138317093 (doi:10.4324/9780429455339)

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. (2021) Making their own fun: children’s play in high-rise estates in Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s. In: Pooley, S. and Taylor, J. (eds.) Children’s Experiences of Welfare in Modern Britain. University of London Press. ISBN 9781912702862 (In Press)

Hughes, A. and Wright, V. (2018) What did the rent strikers do next? Women and Housing struggles in Interwar Scotland. In: Gray, N. (ed.) Rent and its Discontents: A Century of Housing Struggle. Series: Transforming capitalism. Rowan & Littlefield International: London, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9781786605740

Clark, J. and Wright, V. (2018) Urban regeneration in Glasgow: Looking to the past to build the future? The case of the ‘New Gorbals’. In: Clark, J. and Wise, N. (eds.) Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy and Practice. Series: The Urban book series. Springer International Publishing, pp. 45-70. ISBN 9783319723105 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-72311-2_3)

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

Website

Wright, V. , Hazley, B., Abrams, L. and Kearns, A. (2015) Housing, Everyday Life and Wellbeing over the Long-term: Glasgow 1950-1975. [Website]

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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 (MSc 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

In addition to being interviewed for a variety of print media including The Herald, The Scotsman and The Evening Times:

Valerie currently serves as Co-Vice-Convenor of Women’s History Scotland, serves on the steering committee of Scottish Labour History Society, the steering group of Scottish Critical Heritage and is a member of the Centre for Gender History at the University of Glasgow

Valerie also serves on the Board of Future Paisley, leading cultural regeneration of the town as well as the Research and Ethics Committee of Paisley Museum Reimagined

Valerie has also participated in a School of Humanities project at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Education Scotland to create ‘Broad General Education’ learning resources to be used as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools. The resource ‘Homes in high places: Urban life in 20th century Glasgow’.