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University of Portsmouth
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Risk-and-Safety
|Interests:||British History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Labor History / Studies
Social History / Studies
Mike joined the University of Portsmouth in 2011, having previously been an AHRC Early Career Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and having worked at the University of Reading. His research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, particularly on the cultural history of safety, risk and accident prevention, and on the history of mobility.
Mike’s research at Portsmouth looks at the practices and discourses of safety, revealing how it is culturally and socially constructed. It makes use of a range of unorthodox sources – including posters, booklets, cigarette cards, board games, medals and films – to interrogate how the producers of educational campaigns have tried to persuade people to change their behaviour and act safely. It explores what messages were conveyed through safety education, focusing on three key areas: occupational safety, public safety and home safety.
Mike is currently preparing a monograph on the safety of railway workers in twentieth-century Britain, and is completing a number of articles from his AHRC-funded project ‘Living in Safety: the Culture of “Safety” and Accident Prevention in Everyday Life in Britain, c.1900-2000.’
Mike is also interested in the history of transport and mobility, with particular reference to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Contributing to this, Mike is on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M).