School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Andy Clark

Research Associate in Oral History



I was appointed Research Associate with the Oral History Unit and Collective in November 2017. I conducted my PhD with the Scottish Oral History Centre, before working in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling (Jan - November 2017).

I also regularly produce and present content for BBC Radio Scotland Music, particularly the flagship Pipeline programme.

In March 2018 I was awarded a British Academy 'Rising Star' Engagement Award. This will allow me the funds to develop and organise a series of workshops aimed at academics and community-based historians examining the impacts of deindustrialisation across the UK. Please contact me if you wish to find out more.

Area of expertise

My primary area of expertise is in reflections of working lives, particularly narratives of factory closures and jobloss through the process of deindustrialisation. I have published extensively on the response of Scottish women to factory closure, particularly the wave of occupations that took place in 1981 and 1981, placed within a growing international literature (see Clark, 2017). I have a methodological expertise in oral history, and am based in the new Oral History Collective at Newcastle. I have substantial experience of conducting life oral history interviews, and am currently working on a number of projects utilising oral history methods in Newcastle and the North East of England.


PhD in History. University of Strathclyde, 2017
MA in History. Central Michigan University, 2012
BA in History with First Class Honours, 2011

Funding and Awards

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, 2018.
Awarded a Royal Historical Society Grant to support postdoctoral research, 2017.
Nominated for Most Outstanding Teacher in Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 2017.
Nominated for Most Enthusiastic Teacher in the University, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, 2017.
Awarded a funded internship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council at BBC Scotland, 2016.                      
Awarded a Scottish Historical Review Society Independent Research Grant, 2015.
Twice awarded the Scottish Oral History Centre ‘Neil Rafeek Prize’ in oral history (undergraduate, 2011, postgraduate, 2015).
University of Strathclyde Dean’s Award for outstanding research, 2015.
Economic and Social Research Council PhD Studentship, 2013-2017.
University of Strathclyde Conference Support Fund (organisation), 2014.  
International Historical Studies Conference – Best Graduate Paper, 2012. 
Central Michigan University, International MA Scholarship, 2011-2012.


My primary research interests are the multifaceted impacts of deindustrialisation on working-class communities in Britain and North America. I am particularly interested in moving the discussion beyond industrial male workers, and my research focuses on the under-examined response of women to industrial closure. My PhD was jointly supervised with Human Resource Management, and I am particularly interested in mobilization theory and historical instances of unofficial worker activism. I am also interested in the history of apprenticeship schemes in the North East of England.

Between 2013 and 2016 I was the Research Coordinator for the University of Strathclyde’s Models of University-Schools Engagement (MUSE) Project with a local high school. In this role, it was my responsibility to devise and conduct an original oral history project with year-11 pupils. The project was commended by the Scottish Parliament in a motion introduced by the local MSP following a public presentation by the pupils involved.