Christopher Lawson

PhD Candidate

Late Modern Europe

I entered the PhD program in 2014 and am working under the supervision of Professor James Vernon. My dissertation is a multi-sited study of the collapse of Britain's core industries over the course of the 20th century, with comparisons and connections to similar histories industrial decline in Western Europe, Canada, and the US. It examines the economic and political causes of deindustrialisation, the social and cultural impacts of plant closures on working class neighbourhoods, and the efforts by government and local residents to halt the decline and revitalise their communities.

I hold a Master of Arts in History from McGill University (graduate 2014), where I worked on under the supervision of Brian Lewis, and a Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Human Geography at the University of Toronto (graduated 2013)

Research Interests

Late Modern Europe

  • 20th Century Britain
  • British Empire
  • Deindustrialization
  • Decolonization
  • Postcolonial Migration
  • Social and Working Class History
  • Urban Geography
  • Canadian History

Publications & Presentations

"Neoliberal Urban Governance and the Amalgamation of Toronto" Public Policy and Governance Review 5 (2013): 59-69.

"Evaluation of Land-use Planning in Greenbelts", Landscape and Urban Planning 106 (2012): 23-34 (co-authored)