Catriona is a Co-Investigator on the thematic area History Education and Classrooms with Duong Keo and Tania Saeed.
She has led and collaborated on a number of interdisciplinary and international projects, working with a variety of heritage and educational stakeholders, both in the UK and overseas.
As a historian, Catriona specialises in the history and representation of modern conflict and empire. Her book, A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2012), released on the eve of the centenary anniversaries of the war, resulted in her involvement with a number of commemorative activities. These fuelled Catriona’s interest in exploring the ways in which young people engage with the cultural memory of historical conflict and the experience and implications of placing young people ‘front and centre’ of state-orientated commemorative activity. Catriona has led two AHRC-funded projects on these themes and was Academic Lead for the UK’s flagship youth centenary initiative ‘The First World War Centenary Battlefields Tours Programme.’
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