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Research in History

Newcastle historians are committed to a distinctively international and interdisciplinary approach to research. 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. Many historians work on the history of more than one country, making use of both comparative and transnational approaches. Newcastle historians also collaborate with scholars beyond the School of History, Classics and Archaeology via several faculty-wide interdisciplinary research groups: the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Group, the Postcolonial Research Group, the Labour and Society Research Group, and the Military, War and Scrutiny Research Group.

All our historians 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. Within the subject, research is located within five main overarching but also overlapping research themes:

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, such as those hosted by the Postgraduate Forum.

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 professional, peer-reviewed journals.