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Dr Alix Green

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Department of History
Dr Alix Green
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872304

  • Location

    5NW.7.7, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Summer 2021 Academic support hours: Tuesdays 3.30-4.30 Zoom ID 918 3146 9875 Fridays 11.30-12.30 Zoom ID 940 9655 4182

Profile

Biography

I moved into academia after a career in policy, strategy and government affairs. I did my PhD on using history in public policy development, having completed my BA and MPhil degrees in History at Clare College, Cambridge. I am a historian of contemporary Britain and I teach and supervise on a range of topics in 20th/21st-century British history and public history. My research focuses on political culture, government and policymaking. I also have a long-standing interest in historical practice and the roles and responsibilities of historians in public life, taking contemporary politics, policymaking and business as underexplored contexts for historical work. My recent book, 'History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government' draws on notions of public scholarship, expertise and the nature of historical thinking. My work aims to blur the boundaries between disciplines and to emphasise the complementarity of different forms of knowledge, so I'm interested in co-production and co-design as approaches to research. These interests are reflected in a long-standing collaboration with the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre. Our latest co-designed project has focused on the Partnership's historical approach to pay and performance to inform how the business approaches these strategies in the future. From this ongoing collaboration, the Centre's manager and I have been working with a new network of business archivists to develop models of collaboration between historians and archivists that demonstrate the value of archival collections and historical research to parent organisations. Outputs from this project have been co-written guidance for business archives on collaboration with academics and an accompanying series of short films. I founded the Public History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London and I served as a juror for the new national Public History prize. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and I am currently serving as one of the Society's two Honorary Directors of Communications. Joining the Essex History department in 2016 was a second return to my home town of Colchester.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Hertfordshire,

  • MPhil University of Cambridge,

  • BA (Hons) University of Cambridge,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Political cultures and policy

I'm interested in how governments have made and implemented policy and how outside groups have sought to influence, resist or initiate policy change. While my work generally focuses on national government, my public history projects have increasingly taken me into local-level policy, public services and activism.

Key words: post-war British political history
Open to supervise

Public history

I'm interested in how history is put to use in the present, what meaning different groups ascribe to it and how that is contested and debated in public life, including politically at the highest level. I have methodological and conceptual interests here but am also committed to doing collaborative projects with local groups and organisations.

Key words: Public engagement
Open to supervise

Archives and archiving

I'm interested in the big questions of how archives are made, organised and managed but also how we can advocate for archives and their value today. I've been working in particular with business and organisational archives on projects that demonstrate their value as assets to the present-day parent companies, and the value of history more broadly.

Key words: Archival practice
Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Choosing Your Past: How to Design and Manage a Research Project (HR231)

  • History Works: Career Portfolio (HR510)

  • Unquiet pasts: controversies of twentieth-century Britain (HR651)

  • Placement Year (HR701)

  • Research Project (HR831)

  • Making History, Sharing History: Sources, Methods, and Audiences for Historical Research (HR935)

  • Archives and Power (HR949)

Previous supervision

Elijah Joshua Josiah Bell
Elijah Joshua Josiah Bell
Thesis title: Leisure, War and Marginal Communities: Travelling Showpeople and Outdoor Pleasure-Seeking in Britain 1889-1945
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 27/5/2020

Publications

Green, A., (2012). Continuity, contingency and context: Bringing the historian's cognitive toolkit into university futures and public policy development. Futures. 44 (2), 174-180

Books (1)

Green, AR., (2016). History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government. Palgrave Macmillan. 978-1-137-52085-2

Book chapters (1)

(2018). Professional Identity and the Public Purposes of History. In: Public History and School. De Gruyter Oldenbourg. 175- 186. 9783110463682

Conferences (1)

Green, A., Commentary: professional identity and the public purposes of history

Grants and funding

2021

Warner Textile Archive: Digital Engagement Strategy and Implementation Framework

Braintree District Museum

2020

Covid-19, social action and our local neighbourhood � Research in Colchester

Community360

ERO Marconi Archive - Exploring user engagement utilising digital technology

ESSEX RECORDS OFFICE

2018

Pay and the Partnership Difference: using the past to shaped the present in John Lewis

University of Essex

Contact

alix.green@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872304

Location:

5NW.7.7, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Summer 2021 Academic support hours: Tuesdays 3.30-4.30 Zoom ID 918 3146 9875 Fridays 11.30-12.30 Zoom ID 940 9655 4182