Christopher Batten

Chris’ research interests lie primarily in questions of Class, Power and Empire, particularly as they relate to Britain. For his PhD research project, Chris is examining the importance of Class as it relates to Civilian Internment practices in Britain and its Empire during the First World War. In doing so, he hopes to make a meaningful contribution and introduce new perspectives to the bourgeoning field of Civilian Internment studies, building on a 2017 chapter he co-authored for an edited volume. 


Supervisor: Professor Heather Jones
Working Title: Class and Civilian Internment in the British Empire during the First World War
Expected Completion Date: 2024


Batten, C., Pickering, J., Walsh, C., Wilcox, N. ‘Life In Ruhleben Camp: Edwardian Britain in Microcosm’. In Whitehead, I., & Larsen, R. Popular Experience and Cultural Representation of the Great War: 1914-1918 (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) 


Beyond the Barbed Wire: Wartime Internment in the Global History of Knowledge Transfer, 1914-1945, London School of Economics, 2023

27th Annual Postgraduate Research Students Conference, German Historical Institute London, 2023

Community, Identity and Commemoration: Britain and the First World War, University of Derby, 2017

Prizes and Scholarships 

2022 - Chalke Valley History Trust Prize, Chalke Valley History Trust

2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/2023 - Richard Chattaway Scholarship, University College London

2017 - Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC) M-Level Scholarship, University of Birmingham 

2015 - The History Prize, University of Derby


2021/22, 2022/23 – Writing History (HIST0007)