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Professor Richard Rodger


Professor of Economic and Social History; Urban History




Richard Rodger, Insanitary City: H. D. Littlejohn and the Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh (1865) (Carnegie Publications, 2013) with Paul Laxton.

Richard Rodger, Edinburgh's Colonies: Housing the workers (Argyll Press, 2012)

Richard Rodger, Environmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives (White Horse Press, Cambridge 2011), 300pp (ed with G. Massard-Guilbaud)

Richard Rodger, Testimonies of the City: Identity, Community and Change in a Contemporary Urban World (Ashgate 2007) (ed. with Joanna Herbert), 276pp   

Richard Rodger, Teaching Urban History in Europe/l'Enseignement de l'Histoire Urbaine en Europe (ed. with Denis Menjot) (Leicester 2006),150pp    

Richard Rodger, Cities of Ideas: Civil Society and Urban Governance in Britain 1800-2000 (Ashgate 2004), (with R. Colls) 329pp

Richard Rodger, *The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2001; pbk 2004)  *awarded Frank Watson Prize in Scottish History for books published in 2001 and 2002

Richard Rodger, Housing the People: the 'Colonies' of Edinburgh 1860-1950 (City of Edinburgh and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1999). 

Richard Rodger, Housing in Urban Britain 1780-1914 (Cambridge University Press 1995) Available as an eBook

Richard Rodger, Research in Urban History (Scolar Press, 1994)

Richard Rodger, Scottish Housing in the Twentieth Century, ed., (Leicester U.P., 1989, Pbk 1993)

Richard Rodger, Housing in Urban Britain 1780-1914: Class, Capitalism and Construction (Macmillans, 1989)

Richard Rodger, Leicester in the Twentieth Century (Alan Sutton, 1993), ed. with D. Reeder, D. N. Nash, and P. Jones)

Richard Rodger, The Victorian City: A Reader in British Urban History, 1820-1914 (Longmans 1993) (ed., with R. J. Morris)   

Richard Rodger, European Urban History: Prospect and Retrospect, ed., (Leicester U.P. 1993) 0 7185 1432 7



Richard Rodger, A Consolidated Bibliography of Urban History (Ashgate Publishing 1996), (2nd ed., 1999)                                                                

Richard Rodger, L'Histoire Urbaine en France: Guide Bibliographique (L'Harmattan, Paris 1998) (with Isabelle Backouche and Denis Menjot)                            

Richard Rodger, The Economic History Review Index Second Series, vols. XXIV-XLII, 1971-1989 (with Linda McKenna). (Economic History Society and Blackwell, Oxford, 1991)

Richard Rodger, A Bibliography of European Economic and Social History, (Manchester U.P., 1984) (with D. H. Aldcroft) 2nd ed. 1993


Book chapters and articles

Rodger, R and Madgin, R 2013, 'Inspiring Capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010' Urban History, vol 40, no. 3, pp. 507-529.

Richard Rodger, 'Reconsidering justice in past cities: when environmental and social dimensions meet' in Environmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives, (White Horse Press, 2011) 1-40

Richard Rodger, 'Visualising urban geographies' - e Perimetron,' Journal on Sciences, and Technologies 5(3) (2010): 118-131

Richard Rodger, 'The changing nature of urban history,' History in Focus 13 (2008)

Richard Rodger, 'Narratives of South Asian women in Leicester 1964 - 2004,' Oral History 36(2) (2008): 554-63

Richard Rodger, 'House Construction' in Encyclopaedia of Scottish Ethnology, ed. M Mulhern, (Scottish Life and Society, 2008) 132-62

Richard Rodger, 'There is no nobler sphere than to take part in municipal work' in Die europaische Stadt und ihre Umwelt, ed. D Schott, M Toyka-Seid, (Darmstadt, 2008) 169-92

Richard Rodger, ‘Who really ran the cities? Municipal knowledge and policy networks in British local government, 1832-1914’, (with James Moore), in R. Roth and R. Beachy, eds., Who Ran the Cities? City Elites and Urban Power in Europe and North America (Aldershot 2007), 37-69.

Richard Rodger, 'Pouvoir de la façade, façade du pouvoir: Edimbourg 1860-1914', in J.-M. Mehl and N. Bourguinat, eds., Les Mises en Scène(s) de l'Espace: Faux-semblant, Ajustements et Expériences dans la Ville (Strasbourg 2006), 141-67.

Richard Rodger, ‘Industrial city: Edinburgh 1800-1914’ in B. Edwards and P. Jenkins, eds., Edinburgh: the Making of a Capital City (Edinburgh 2005), 85-102.

Richard Rodger, 'Swedes, Scots and settlements: micro-urban histories from 1881', in M. Deland, ed., City Strolls (Sakta vi gå genom stan. Stadshistoriska studier tillägnade Lars Nilsson', (Stockholmia Förlag/Kommittén 2005), 212-31.

Richard Rodger, ‘The ‘Common Good’ and civic promotion: Edinburgh 1860-1914’ in R. Colls and R. Rodger, eds., Cities of Ideas: Civil Society and Urban Governance in Britain 1800-2000 (Aldershot 2004), 144-177.

Richard Rodger, (with James Moore) 'Municipal knowledge and policy networks in British local government, 1832 - 1914' in Jahrbuch fur europaische Verwaltungsgeschiechte (15) (Rechtswissenschaften: Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, 2003), 29-58.

Richard Rodger, ‘Countering counter-urbanisation: trends in 20th Century Scottish towns and cities’, in M. Niemi and V. Vuolanto, eds., Reclaiming the City: Innovation, Culture, Experience (Studia Fennica Helsinki 2003), 21-46.

Richard Rodger, ‘Slums and suburbs: the persistence of residential apartheid’ in P. J. Waller, ed., The Oxford History of the British Landscape (Oxford 2000), 233-68.

Richard Rodger, ‘Industrialisation and the city economy’ (with D. A. Reeder), in M. J. Daunton, ed., Cambridge Urban History of Britain, vol. 3. (Cambridge 2000), 553-92.