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Dr Alix Green

Position in departmentPlacements Co-ordinator, Director of Impact, Director of the Centre for Public History
Staff positionLecturer
Telephone01206 872304
Academic support hoursSpring term: Tuesdays 11.30-12.30 Thursdays 12.30-1.30

I embraced the academic field 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 founded the Public History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London and I serve 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 the Society's Honorary Director of Communications. Joining the Essex History department represents my second return to my home town of Colchester. I blog about history, higher education and public life at
Current research

Alix is currently working on a collaborative project with the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre, looking at the Partnership's historical approach to pay and performance to inform how the business approaches these strategies in the future. As part of this, she is working on academic writing projects on industrial democracy in post-war Britain.

Research interests

Alix’ research is broadly concerned with questions of identity, citizenship and the public-political sphere in modern Britain and Europe. She has been particular interested in the roles and responsibilities of historians in public life, taking contemporary politics and policymaking as a context for historical practice. Her recent book, History, Policy and Public Purpose: Historians and Historical Thinking in Government, takes this as its focus, drawing on notions of public scholarship, expertise and the nature of historical thinking. Her work aims to blur the boundaries between disciplines and to emphasise the complementarity of different forms of knowledge. The other main strand of her work is on citizenship and how the claims to political rights are made; here, her work focuses on the history of European Jews, particular the Jewish press.


Peer-reviewed publications

  • Green, A., History, policy and public purpose: historians and historical thinking in government (Palgrave, May 2016)
  • Green, A., ‘Historians on the inside: thinking with history in policy’ in A Companion to Public History (Wiley Blackwell, 2017, completed and forthcoming)
  • Green, A., ‘History as expertise and the influence of political culture on advice for policy since Fulton’, Contemporary British History vol. 29, no. 1 (2014), pp. 27-50
  • Green, A., Lloyd, S., Parham, S., ‘Living heritage: universities as anchor institutions in sustainable communities’ in Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development, vol. 3, no. 1 (2013), pp. 7-19
  • Green, A., ‘Continuity, contingency and context: bringing the historian’s cognitive toolbox into university futures and policy development’ in Futures, vol. 44, no. 2 (2011), pp. 174-180

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