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Dr Emma Robertson Senior Lecturer, History

Emma is a social and cultural historian of labour and gender in the context of modern Britain and the British empire. Her first book, Chocolate, Women and Empire: A Social and Cultural History, was published with Manchester University Press in 2009. She went on to study the history of music in the workplace, resulting in the coauthored book, Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Most recently she published a co-authored book, BBC World Service: Overseas Broadcasting, 1932-2018 (Palgrave, 2019) and she has several articles and chapters on radio broadcasting and its audiences in the British empire. Her current ARC-funded research explores the history of women working in non-traditional occupations in Britain and Australia. Emma has been based at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University since 2011, moving here from her home town of York (UK).


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