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University of Glasgow
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Historian of 20thC Scotland: feminism, women, work, deindustrialisation, housing, new towns, ageing
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About Me

Valerie is currently Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Building a Modern Scotland: The New Towns, c. 1947-2017’ based in History at the University of Glasgow.

Previous experience:

  • Research Fellow on the ESRC funded project ‘Reimagining the Future in Older Age’ based in Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling.
  • Research Associate – ‘Employment, politics and culture in Scotland, 1955-2015’, Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow (Leverhulme Trust).
  • Lecturer Modern Scottish History, Scottish History, University of Glasgo
  • 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 Scotland with particular expertise in gender, social and political history.

Recent Publications


  • J. Phillips, V. Wright and J. Tomlinson, Deindustrialisation and the Moral Economy in Scotland since 1955 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021) ISBN 9781474479240. Wrote chapter 4 and 5.
  • L. Abrams, A. Kearns, B. Hazley and V. Wright, Glasgow: High-Rise Homes, Estates and Communities in the Post-War Period (London: Routledge, Built Environment City Studies, 2020) ISBN 9781138317093. Wrote chapter 3 ‘Outside: Surviving and Thriving on Estates’.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • V. Wright, J. Phillips and J. Tomlinson, ‘Defending the right to work: the 1983 Timex workers’ occupation in Dundee’ Labour History Review 86.1 (2021), pp.63-90
  • B. Hazley, L. Abrams, A. Kearns and V. Wright, ‘Place, Memory and the British High Rise Experience: negotiating social change on the Wyndford Estate, 1962-2015’, Contemporary British History  35(1) (2021), pp.72-99, (published online November 2020)
  • J. Tomlinson, J. Phillips and V. Wright, ‘De-industrialisation: a case study of Dundee, 1951-2001, and its broad implications’, Business History (published online December 2019)
  • J. Phillips, V. Wright and J. Tomlinson, ‘Being a ‘Clydesider’ in the Age of Deindustrialisation: skilled male identity and economic restructuring in the West of Scotland since the 1960s’ Labor History 61(2)(2020), pp. 151-69 (published online September 2019)
  • J. Phillips, V. Wright and J. Tomlinson, ‘Deindustrialization, the Linwood Car Plant and Scotland’s Political Divergence from England in the 1960s and 1970s’ Twentieth Century British History 30(3)(2019), pp. 399–423, (published online March 2019)
  • V. Wright, ‘‘Tinkering at a local level’: Unemployment, State intervention and community agency in Ferguslie Park, Paisley c. 1972-1977’, Scottish Labour History 53 (2018), pp. 192-211.

  • V. Wright, ‘‘Housing problems … are political dynamite’: Housing disputes in Glasgow c. 1971 to the present day’, Sociological Research Online, Rapid Response (2018)
  • L. Abrams, B. Hazley, V. Wright and A. Kearns, ‘Aspiration, agency and the production of new selves in a Scottish new town, c.1947-c.2016’ Twentieth Century British History 29(4) (2018), pp. 576-604, (published online May 2018)
  • B. Hazley, V. Wright, L. Abrams and A. Kearns, ‘‘People and their homes rather than housing in the usual sense’: locating the tenant’s voice in Homes in High Flats’, Special Issue: Pearl Jephcott: Reflections, Resurgence and Replications Women’s History Review 28(5) (2019), pp. 728-745 (published online May 2018)
  • L. Abrams, L. Fleming, B. Hazley, V. Wright, and A. Kearns, ‘Isolated and dependant: women in high-rise social housing in post-war Glasgow’ Special Issue: Pearl Jephcott: Reflections, Resurgence and ReplicationsWomen’s History Review 28(5) (2019) pp. 794-813 (published online May 2018) https://doi:10.1080/09612025.2018.1472897.
  • A. Kearns, V. Wright, L. Abrams and B. Hazley, ‘Slum Clearance and Relocation: A Reassessment of Social Outcomes Combining Short- term and Long-term Perspectives’, ‘The long view’:  A Special Edition of Housing Studies 34 (2) (2019) pp. 201-25 (published online December 2017)
  • V. Wright, A. Kearns, L. Abrams and B. Hazley, ‘Planning for Play: Seventy years of ineffective public policy? The example of Glasgow, Scotland’, Planning Perspectives Volume 34(2) (2019), pp. 243-63 (published online October 2017)

Book chapters

  • V. Wright, ‘Making their own fun: children’s play in high-rise estates in Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s’, in S. Pooley and J. Taylor (eds) Children’s Experiences of Welfare in Modern Britain (London: University of London Press, September 2021) ISBN 978-1-912702-86-2
  • A. Hughes and V. Wright, ‘What did the rent strikers do next? Women and Housing struggles in Interwar Scotland’ in N. Gray (Eds) Rent and its Discontents: A Century of Housing Struggle (Transforming Capitalism Series) (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) ISBN 978-1-78660-574-0.
  • J. Clark and V. Wright ‘Urban Regeneration in Glasgow: Looking to the past to build the future? The case of the ‘New Gorbals’’ in J. Clark and N. Wise (eds.) Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy and Practice (The Urban Book Series) (New York: Springer, 2018) ISBN 978-3-319-72311-2. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-72311-2_3)
  • E. Breitenbach and V. Wright, ‘Women as Active Citizens: Glasgow and Edinburgh, c. 1918-1939’, in J. V. Gottlieb (ed.) Feminism and Feminists After Suffrage (London: Routledge, 2016), ISBN 9781138927841.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Scotland, Britain
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Economic History, Gender, Labor, Politics, Urban History, Women