Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Ms Louise Moon

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) History (University of Winchester), MA History (University of Southampton)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: louise.moon@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My PhD research investigates sailors as a socio-cultural force in the urban, naval, port-town of Portsmouth c. 1850 – 1900. The research explores the little examined urban interface between sailors and inhabitants in terms of how they navigated, negotiated and balanced urban living. Particular focus is given to the street-life aspects of sailors’ urban experiences. The research also considers the urban-coastal space and culture of sailortown in Portsmouth, both as a demographic and social entity and imagined cultural projection. To this end, the project is situated within a coastal history framework, an emerging field of research, which aims to illuminate the differing experiences of peoples linked to urban, coastal borderlands and the sea.

  • First Supervisor, Dr Brad Beaven
  • Second Supervisor, Dr Karl Bell
  • Third Supervisor, Dr Rob James

I am currently a PT History Tutor at the University, teaching on core Level 4 and 5 units across the Undergraduate History Programme. I am also a Research Assistant working under the Port Towns and Urban Cultures Project based at the University and the Website and Social Media editor for the project. I previously worked in the UK Civil Service and as a historical researcher in the fields of local, family and community history. 


Research Projects

       Port Towns and Urban Cultures www.porttowns.port.ac.uk

Research Clusters

       Social and Cultural History

Current Research Projects

       Thesis Project: Working Title – ‘Sailorhoods:’ Sailors, Sailortown and the Streets in the Port of Portsmouth c.1850 – 1900.