Dr Valerie Wright
- Affilate (Economic & Social History)
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.
- 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.
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 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
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)
Valerie has a wide and varied range of teaching experience
- HIST4185 – Devolving the Nation: Scotland 1945-2004 (Honours Module – Scottish History)
- HIST4173 – Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow (Honours Module – Scottish History)
- 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)
Valerie is currently a member of the Centre for Gender History, the steering committees of Women’s History Scotland (website coordinator), Scottish Labour History Society and the steering group of Scottish Critical Heritage.
She is also working as part of the project team on 'After the Factory', an international research networking project supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and led by Dr Jackie Clarke at the University of Glasgow. Valerie has also participated in a School of Humanities project 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.
Valerie has also appeared as an interviewee on Episode 2: ‘Home’ of Growing Up in Scotland: A Century of Scottish Childhood on BBC TWO Scotland, The Town that Thread Built on BBC TWO Scotland (later shown on BBC4), Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle , a documentary by Velvet Joy productions and directed by Paul Sng (an edited version was later shown on Channel 5) and Steelmen, Margot McCuaig (producer, writer and director) on BBC Alba.