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.
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.
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.