School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Andy Clark

Research Associate in Oral History



I am a research associate with the Newcastle Oral History Until and Collective. I have developed and led a series of new projects, utilising oral history methods to investigate a range of experiences in modern British social, economic, political, and cultural history. 

Area of expertise

I am interested on the multiple long-term impacts of deindustrialisation on areas previously dependent on manufacturing employment, and have previously examined impacts on deprivation and experiences of criminality. I am increasingly focused on the relationships between deindustrialisation and health/wellbeing in later life, particularly the ways that experiences of industrial decline contributes to advantage and disadvantage across the lifecourse.

I am also interested in studies of historic terrorism, and the long-term impact of atrocity on witnesses. Over the last couple of years, I have led a scoping study of the Lockerbie Disaster, 1988. I also have broader interests in criminology, particularly the community impacts of organised crime and the historical trajectory of criminal activity.


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 / Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, 2019
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.                      
Twice awarded the Scottish Oral History Centre ‘Neil Rafeek Prize’ in oral history (undergraduate, 2011, postgraduate, 2015).


My primary research interests are the multifaceted impacts of deindustrialisation on working-class communities in Britain. My PhD thesis (2017) analysed the response of women workers to capital relocation, particularly the militant action taken to resist factory closure. I am currently revising the manuscript for a monograph with Liverpool University Press.

Over the last three years, I have increasingly collaborated with colleagues in medical humanities and medical science to examine the relationships between deindustrialisation and health/wellbeing in later life. Through a number of scoping studies, we have identified the potential impact of deindustrialisation on accumulative advantage and disadvantage across the lifecourse.

Since 2018, I have led a new oral history project examining the Lockerbie Disaster, 1988. Working with Dr Colin Atkinson, we are analysing the ways in which first responders reflect on their experiences.