Photo of Lauren at Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda
At Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda, Willen Lake.


This is the blog of Lauren Pikó. I am a British historian currently based in Melbourne, and my work explores the cultural histories of landscapes – how they are seen to have and retain value, how they function symbolically, and how cultural representations of space shape material experiences.

In 2017 I completed my PhD in British history at the University of Melbourne on the meanings and reception of Milton Keynes, the (unfairly) maligned British new town. I am developing a monograph based on this work. Other current works in progress explore the post-imperial culture of British urban planning practice during the 1970s; cultural histories of immigration, bordering and containment; and humour and derision in neoliberal politics. I also undertake research and advocacy work on the embodied material production of knowledge in neoliberal universities. My research informs my areas of teaching focus in British, Australian and international urban history, urban planning history and theory, histories of colonialism and genocide, and political theory.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have similar research interests.