Brad Beaven
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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Urban Popular Culture, 1800 to 1939

Personal profile


Brad Beaven is a Professor of Social and Cultural History and joined University of Portsmouth in 1994. Since 1990, he has published widely on urban popular culture in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His publications include Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Culture, 1850-1945 (2005, 2009 paperback edn), Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1850-1939, (2012, 2017 paperback edn) and Port Towns and Urban Cultures: International Histories of the Waterfont, c. 1700-2000 (eds with Karl Bell and Rob James, 2016).  His new book The Devil’s Highway: Urban Anxieties and Subaltern Cultures in London’s Sailortown, c.1850-1900 (Manchester University Press) is forthcoming.

He is Co-Director of the Centre of Port Cities and Maritime  Cultures  which explores urban and maritime experiences, past and present.

Brad teaches on the History BA (Hons) undergraduate course, specialising in popular culture and the city in the era of empire between 1800 and 1939. He also teaches on the MA in Victorian Gothic (DL) and the History Master of Research course. He has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students researching popular culture, urban and maritime history during the nineteenth and early twentieth cities. Brad is also regularly invited to externally examine PhDs.

He is one of the series editors of the Palgrave series Global Studies in Social and Cultural Maritime History (with Joanne Begiato, Quintin Colville and Isaac Land) and serves on the board of Sage’s Coastal Studies and Society Journal that was established by the Port Town and Urban Cultures research group.

He has been appointed as a member of the ‘Experts Review College’ of the European Science Foundation and served two terms on the AHRC Peer Review College.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

AHRC Peer Review College

1 Feb 20141 Feb 2019

Editorial Board for Sport in History

1 Jan 2014 → …


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