Rose Debenham

Rose Debenham

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Self-Fashioning at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, 1981-2000 
Supervisors: Dr Chris Moores and Dr Zoe Thomas
PhD Modern History


  • MA in Modern British Studies, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • BA in History, University of Birmingham, 2017


I completed my BA in History at the University of Birmingham in 2017. I remained at Birmingham completing my MA in Modern British Studies in 2018, funded by the College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarship.  I began my PhD in 2019 which is being funded by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures.

I am interested in histories of activism, identity, the 1980s, and women’s history more generally.


PGTA, The Making of Contemporary World, 2020


My doctoral thesis explores the wider life narratives of women who attended Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp through the examination of processes of identity creation and representation. It uses a range of written, visual, and material sources, as well as oral history, to themes of visual presentation and dress, relational identity, internationalism, and conscious historicization.

Other activities

  • Research paper on ‘Writing as Self-Fashioning at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp’ presented at Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop
  • Co-organiser of ‘Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy’ conference
  • Member of the Centre for Modern British Studies Postgraduate Research Group