Academic publications

This is an overview of my academic publications. Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in reading more.

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2019: Lauren Pikó, Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England, Routledge, 2019.
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2017: Doctorate of Philosophy. Lauren Anne Piko, “Mirroring England? Milton Keynes, decline and the English landscape 1967-1992,” University of Melbourne. Full text embargoed until November 2019.

Articles and book chapters

2018: Lauren Pikó and Elizabeth J. Taylor, “Editorial: Sites of Consumption on the Fringes of Urban Heritage,” Historic Environment, 30 (2), 1-9. Open access.

2018: Lauren Pikó, “‘We’re full’: Capacity, Finitude and British Landscapes, 1945-1979,” Australian Journal of Politics and History, 64 (3), 45-463. Preprint version of article available here.

2017: Lauren Pikó, “You’ve never seen anything like it”: multiplexes, shopping malls and sensory overwhelm in Milton Keynes, 1979-1986,” Senses and Society, 12 (2). Preprint version of article available here.

2017: Evan Smith and Lauren Pikó, “‘Thatcher’s Bloody Britain!’: Unemployment and Gender in Neoliberal Britain in The Young Ones and Men Behaving Badly,” in Gender and Austerity in Popular Culture, eds. Helen Davies, Claire O’Callaghan. I.B. Tauris.
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2015: Lauren Pikó,Milton Keynes and the Liquid Landscape,” Landscape Review, 16 (1), 36-45. Open access.


2019: Lauren Pikó, James Lesh, Victoria Kolankiewicz, “Remaking cities: the fourteenth Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference, Melbourne, 2018,” Planning Perspectives, issue tbc. (paywalled).

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December 2018: “Wars on Brutalism: concrete modernism and imperialist heritage culture in Britain and Australia,” Historical Materialism Sydney, University of Sydney.
July 2018: “Towards an imperial logic of authenticity,” Australian Historical Association, Australian National University, Canberra.
July 2017: “We’re full: Capacity, finitude, and British landscapes since 1945,” Australasian Association of European History, Monash University, Melbourne.
Jan. 2017: Lauren Pikó and Evan Smith, “‘Rejection, Disappointment, Backstabbing Central and Shattered Dreams Parkway’: London and the South-East Regional Divide in Television Sitcoms in Blair’s Britain,” Eric Richards Symposium in British & Australasian History, Flinders University Adelaide.
Nov. 2016: “Fluidity, flood, immigration and postwar urban planning in England, 1956-1979,” Town and Country in Historical Perspective, University of Melbourne.
July 2015: “Relative, absolute, or both? Towards locating empire in postwar declinism,” Rethinking Modern British Studies, University of Birmingham.
Sept. 2014: “Multiplexes, shopping malls and sensory overwhelm in Milton Keynes,” European Association of Urban History conference, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal.
Feb. 2014: “Milton Keynes and the liquid landscape, 1967-1978,” Australian & New Zealand Urban History & Planning History conference, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.