At Newcastle, we are committed to developing distinctively international and interdisciplinary approaches to research. We are an expanding group comprising some thirty staff, a number of distinguished visiting fellows, and a growing community of postgraduate researchers. Our geographical range encompasses Asia, the Americas, Europe and the British Isles. Recent appointments in Indian, Japanese, Polish and US history have enabled us to expand our range of international perspectives.
Many colleagues work on the history of more than one country, making use of both comparative and transnational approaches. Colleagues collaborate with other historians and scholars beyond the School of Historical Studies in research groups focused on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Americas, Labour, and Postcolonial Studies.
All staff are research active, and our research is supported by substantial funding based on assessment of our research quality through the Research Assessment Exercise. Current and recent research projects have been supported through funding from the AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, and the Leverhulme Trust.
Research at Newcastle is supported through a regular series of visiting speakers, as well as internal lunchtime seminars where staff and postgraduate students present their research. We are lucky to have many distinguished visiting fellows associated with us, including Keith Wrightson and Patrick Salmon. Our visiting fellows regularly present their research at school events.
Newcastle staff are involved in many externally funded projects including 'Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945' (AHRC), the “Understanding the South, Understanding America” Research Network (AHRC), and 'Death, disease and the environment: contextualising individual causes of death in London, 1747-1825' (Wellcome Trust)
Historians at Newcastle are active in the wider historical profession, serving as editors or on the editorial boards of journals such as History Workshop Journal, The History of European Ideas, Snodi, Public and Private in Contemporary History, and Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.We are also active as editors of web-based publications and discussion lists including H-Asia and History Compass. Other members of staff serve on the editorial boards of book series including the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History Series. We are active in a range of societies including the British Association for Japanese Studies, of which Martin Dusinberre is Honorary Treasurer, the British Scholar Society, of which Martin Farr is an Administrative Board member and Editor, and the Society for Caribbean Studies, of which Diana Paton is a past Chair. Staff regularly comment on matters of historical interest in the press and on radio. For instance, Alejandro Quiroga writes regularly for the Spanish magazine Quo and Martin Farr is a regular commentator on political events for BBC Radio Newcastle.