Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Sue Bradley

Research Associate in Oral History


I am an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher working across the social sciences and humanities, and an experienced oral history interviewer with particular interest in using audio testimony to illuminate current conditions and concerns. I joined Newcastle University in 2007 as Research Associate on the ground-breaking 3-year Rural Economy and Land Use project, Understanding Knowledge Controversies in Environmental Science, led at CRE by Professor Neil Ward. Since then I have continued to work as a Research Associate on projects within CRE and in Newcastle University’s School of English, while leading a veterinary oral history collaboration between CRE and RCVS Knowledge (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).

Current work includes

2017 -Working with Animals: health implications for vets and farmers since 1945. This research strand contributes to the large-scale 'One Medicine: Investigating human and animal disease' le by ProfessorAbigail Woods at KIng's College, London.

2016 – Veterinary Voices of Experience, an ESRC-funded pilot study of how personal testimony can be used to generate dialogue and reflective learning (in partnership with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University).

2010 – PI on 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 Knowledge and the Wellcome Trust).

Previous work includes

2014-16 A History of Women in the British Film and Television Industries (a 3-year AHRC-funded study led by Dr Melanie Bell).

2013-14 Unlocking Rural Innovation in the North East of England: The Role of Knowledge Institutions (led by Dr Carmen Hubbard).

2012-13 Understanding Honeybee Health Stakeholders (A Defra-commissioned study led by Dr Karen Scott and Professor Mark Reed).

2011-12 The Hidden Work of Beekeepers (a comparative study of beekeeping in North East England and Orkney, led by Dr Karen Scott).

2010-11 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.

2007-10 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.

1998-2007 National Life Stories (British Library Sound Archive): interviewer/researcher responsible for Book Trade Lives, an oral history of publishing and bookselling in Britain since the 1920s.


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.