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Dr Mary Hilson

Reader in Nordic History (from 1st October 2014)

Room 211, 2nd floor, 18 Gordon Square.

Tel 020 7679 3184 (internal 33184).  Office hours 2014-15: Thursdays 14.00-15.00, or by appointment.

I was educated at the University of Exeter, and studied as a post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University before joining the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies in October 2000. Since 2010 I have also been part of the BA European Social and Political Studies (ESPS) programme at UCL. 

Current research:

My research interests are in modern Nordic history, especially transnational and comparative social history.  My current research project is concerned with the consumer co-operative movement in Scandinavia, Britain and the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.  I am particularly interested in transnational contacts between co-operators - the Scandinavian interest in the 'Rochdale model' for example - and in the role of the international co-operative organisations including the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

A related project, organised with Silke Neunsinger of the Labour Movement Archives and Library in Stockholm, aims to produce a global history of consumer co-operation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, comparing consumer co-operative movements in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

For publications, see here.


I contribute to undergraduate teaching in SELCS and as part of BA ESPS. Undergraduate courses taught during the academic year 2014-15 include:

SCAN 1303 Histories and Cultures of the Nordic Region

SCAN 7310 Nordic Politics and Society

SCAN 7311 Nordic Utopias and Dystopias (new course for 2014-15)

ESPS 2107 Food: Consumerism and Globalisation from Free Trade to Fair Trade

ESPS 2108 Co-operation and co-operatives (new course for 2014-15)

I welcome enquiries from those wishing to pursue postgraduate research in the history of the co-operative movement, in modern Nordic history and in comparative and transnational social history.

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