School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Sue Bradley

Research Associate in Oral History


I am a qualitative researcher working across the social sciences and humanities, with a special interest in what the theory and practice of oral history can bring to interdisciplinary and engaged research. Before coming to Newcastle University in 2007 to work on a Rural Economy and Land Use project with social and natural scientists, I led a 7-year oral history programme at National Life Stories (British Library). I convene the Newcastle University Oral History Network and welcome news about related activity in the University and the region.

Current work includes

Veterinary Voices of Experience, an ESRC-funded pilot study of how personal testimony can provide a platform for dialogue and reflective learning (in partnership with RCVS and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University).

Veterinary Lives in Practice, an oral history collaboration between the Centre for Rural Economy, RCVS Knowledge at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the British Library (funded by Newcastle University, RCVS and the Wellcome Trust).

Previous work includes

The History of Women in the British Film and Television Industries (a 3-year AHRC-funded study led by Dr Melanie Bell).

Unlocking Rural Innovation in the North East of England: The Role of Knowledge Institutions (led by Dr Carmen Hubbard).

Understanding Honeybee Health Stakeholders (A Defra-commissioned study led by Dr Karen Scott and Professor Mark Reed).

The Hidden Work of Beekeepers (a comparative study of beekeeping in North East England and Orkney, led by Dr Karen Scott).

Engagement Co-ordinator of Northern Rural Network, a knowledge transfer network of rural development practitioners, local authorities, public agencies, the voluntary sector, and academic researchers.

Knowledge Controversies in Environmental Science. A 3-year Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) project where a team of social and natural scientists worked with communities to explore methods of managing flood risk.

 Other activities

Convenor of the Newcastle University Oral History Network

Advisor to WiP (Women in Publishing) oral history project

Member of the Oral History Society




Memory, narrative and subjectivity, and in particular: how oral history can be employed to generate further dialogue (e.g. in teaching and collaborative research) and to convey tacit knowledge, hands-on expertise and sensory experience; the impact of the voice in oral history.