Becky Taylor

Professor Becky Taylor


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I am Professor of Modern History here at UEA, and I research and write on minorities, migration and the state with a particular focus on refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, the marginalised and mobile poor.

My books include Refugees in Twentieth-Century Britain. A History (Cambridge, 2021), When Boatpeople were Resettled. A Comparative History of European And Israeli Responses to the South-East Asian Refugee Crisis (London, 2021), and Another Darkness, Another Dawn. A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (London, 2014). I am a member of History Workshop Journal's editorial collective; Editor-in-Chief of History: the journal of the Historical Association; and co-editor of Refugee History.

With Coretta Phillips (LSE) and Zoe James (Plymouth) I am Co-I on an ESRC-funded Realities Checked project: 'Gypsies and Travellers Experiences of Crime and Justice since the 1960s: A Mixed Methods Study'. This ground-breaking study combines a crime survey, oral histories and archival research to explore Gypsies' and Travellers' experiences of crime, victimisation and the judicial system living in four regions of England.

I have an interest in different methodological approaches to history, particularly combining oral histories and archival methodologies and of collaborative interdisciplinary research. I have an established track record of working with policy makers, third sector organisations and community groups and extensive online, radio, television and print media experience communicating the importance of history to general audiences.

I welcome applications from post-graduate students interested in researching histories of the modern state, and minorities, marginalised  and vulnerable peoples, including Roma/ Gypsy/ Traveller populations, refugees and migrants.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions