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Natasha Vall

Natasha Vall

About Natasha Vall

Natasha Vall was appointed Lecturer in History in 2006, conferred as Reader in 2011 and as Professor of urban and cultural history in 2016. Prior to her appointment at Teesside University she was post-doctoral research fellow in the AHRC Centre for North East England History. She holds a BA in History from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD in Anglo-Swedish urban history from Northumbria University.

Natasha is Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, in the School of Design, Culture & the Arts, where she provides leadership for the School's exciting portfolio of research. She is an expert reviewer for the European Science Foundation and is a strategic reviewer and academic member of the AHRC Peer Review College. She is currently leading Teesside University History Section's strand of The Heritage Consortium, AHRC funded Doctoral Training Centre, and the North of England Consortium of Arts and Humanities, led by Hull University.

Research interests

Natasha's research interests are in comparative urban (especially industrial and postindustrial) history. She published her second monograph 'Cultural Region' (Manchester University Press) in 2011, which is the first historical assessment of English regional cultural policy. Through the lens of North East England, this study reveals how the discourse of history and industrial heritage was deployed to shape the boundaries of the contemporary cultural region.

Forthcoming work will extend her expertise on North-East regional cultural policy to historical investigations of the popularity of waterfront commercial and residential developments as exemplars of cultural and urban regeneration. Natasha also sustains a strong profile of research in comparative Nordic history, with special emphasis on late modern urban history. She welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of modern urban history, cultural policy and post-industrial heritage.

Enterprise interests

Natasha's research involves the critical appraisal of the process of culture-led regeneration in post-industrial conurbations and she has advised commercial property companies, business partners as well as cultural policy makers on the historical context for the regeneration of the urban landscape.

In the news

  • Heritage partnership to document Tees Valley's industrial history
    North East Connected, 25/11/2016
    The changing nature of the Tees Valley's industrial heritage is to be documented and promoted thanks to a new partnership between Teesside University and local museum.


  • Heritage partnership to document Tees Valley's industrial history
    Love Middlesbrough, 18/11/2016
    Teesside University is working with Kirkleatham Museum on the partnership entitled 'Landscape of Rapid Change'.


  • County debate
    BBC Tees, 01/04/2014
    Natasha Vall, a Reader in the School of Arts & Media, comments on the history behind Cleveland County Council.


  • Looking back at industrial heritage
    Northern Echo, 09/05/2013, p.14; Northern Echo (Web), 08/05/2013
    Exhibition curator Dr Natasha Vall, from Teesside University’s Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research, said: “The exhibition provides a vivid portrait of the reality of working life in the