Philip Baker

Associate Lecturer

Associate Lecturer
Research Assistant, Place Culture and Identity Research Group


Philip is the Research Assistant for the Place, Culture and Identity research group and also an Associate Lecturer, teaching a number of modules on the BA programme. He is an historian by training and was educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, the University of Sheffield and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He worked previously on a number of major research projects at the University of Oxford, Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Metropolitan History at the University of London.

Teaching Interests

  • The City of London
  • Urban expansion and development
  • Seventeenth-century architectural history
  • The politics of space


  • Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham
  • Associate Fellow, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Contributing Editor, The Victoria History of the County of Gloucester

Recent publications

  • ‘Londons Liberty in Chains Discovered: The Levellers, the Civic Past and Popular Protest in Civil War London’, in Matthew Neufeld, ed., Uses of the Past in Early Modern England, Huntington Library Quarterly,76/1 (2013), pp. 559-87
  • 'The Poore Lost a Good Frend and the Parish a Good Neighbour’: The Lives of the Poor and Their Supporters in London’s Eastern Suburb, c. 1583-c. 1679, with Mark Merry, in Matthew Davies and James A. Galloway, eds., London and Beyond: Essays in Honour of Derek Keene (Institute of Historical Research, 2011), pp. 155-80
  • 'For the House Her Self and One Servant’: Family and Household in Late Seventeenth-Century London’, with Mark Merry, London Journal, 34/3 (2009), pp. 205-32
  • 'People in Place: Families, Households and Housing in Early Modern London', with Vanessa Harding et al (Centre for Metropolitan History, 2008)


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP