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Department of History and Politics

Research in the Department

Research is central to Liverpool Hope’s strategic plan and the History subject team occupies the vanguard of efforts to engage academic and non-academic user groups alike.

Liverpool Hope University’s mission is to impact the community, providing a ‘life with more meaning’. History at Hope pursues this goal through impacting public history. In linking up with the museums and heritage sector, our strategic alliance with National Museums Liverpool (NML) is of particular importance.

 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

All members of staff are research active and this informs our teaching at all levels.

The quality of the Department’s research was recognised in the REF 2014 results where in History: 86% of the Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised and 50% of the Impact of the research activity is at an internationally excellent level. Liverpool Hope historians did better than the Universities of Central Lancashire, Chester, Chichester, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Leeds Trinity and Sunderland. In terms of the impact of this research outside academia, Liverpool Hope historians out performed the Universities of Central Lancashire, Chester, Chichester, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Lincoln, Liverpool, Northumbria, Nottingham, Reading, Sunderland and Westminster.

At the same time, Politics and IR staff also entered the REF2014 where 58% of the research of the Department is internationally recognised or internationally excellent with 70% of the Impact of our research graded as internationally recognised

This is an outstanding achievement and we plan to improve on it in REF2020.

 

Disseminating research

Hope historians are active in disseminating research to a broader audience.

Sometimes this is achieved in innovative and unconventional ways. For instance, Sonja Tiernan’s biography of Eva Gore-Booth was dramatised and performed as a play at the 2013 Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Research on slavery has also been performed as a play (at the International Slavery Museum) and Bryce Evans has delivered his research on food history at a community-run bakery.

Team members regularly disseminate their research findings at international conferences and events and across local and national media, as documented on the university’s online archive of News/Events updates. Additionally, History team members have been active in organising academic conferences attracting leading scholars in various fields. 

 

Research Centres and Groups

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is proud to bring together academics who work on issues related to peace and conflict from a variety of perspectives. The Centre promotes the benefit of drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to shed light on the multidimensional challenges that are faced by deeply divided societies.

We aim to promote cooperation between academics to enable innovative and original research projects and outputs. At the same time, we believe in the importance of linking academic research to the lived realities of societies emerging from conflict. The Centre therefore aims to strengthen the links between theory and practice, inviting academics and practitioners alike to engage in its diverse activities.

Irish Studies Research Group (ISRG)

The extensive research on modern Irish history  at Hope is housed within the Irish Studies Research Group (IRSG), based within the Department of History and Politics, which involves   brings together the large number of researchers working on modern Ireland within the Hope History unit and involves close collaboration amongst historians across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Since 2009 the ISRG has run a programme of fortnightly seminars to which several members  have contributed, including Sonja Tiernan, Liam O’Callaghan, Stephen Kelly and Bryce Evans. In 2013 Evans and Kelly hosted a one-day symposium on the life and legacy of Irish statesman Frank Aiken (1898-1983) under the aegis of the ISRG. The seminar series featured early career researchers   seeking to build their academic careers, thus acting as a useful vehicle in the promotion of modern Irish history regionally.

 John Henry Newman Studies Project

With a vision to enhance and extend the reach of John Henry Newman's life, thought and spirituality, Liverpool Hope University has developed a study and research environment to bring Newman's teachings to the community of Newman scholars in the North-West of England, as well as today's pluralistic and diverse society. The John Henry Newman Studies Project is envisaged as an international forum for research and academic study of the meaning of Newman's thoughts and work.

 

European Institute
 
The European Institute was established in 2016 as a framework for Liverpool Hope's partnership with the Catholic University of Lille. It is an inter-disciplinary centre, currently anchored in the Department of History and Politics. It includes a strong research component, with a strong concentration on European themes and issues, though it is not exclusively focused on this. 
 
In December 2016 a PhD scholarship scheme for doctoral dissertations that would be co-supervised between Liverpool Hope and the Catholic University of Lille was announced. See http://www.hope.ac.uk/study/postgraduateresearch/phdscholarships-hope-lille/
 

Research Opportunities

The Department of History and Politics offers opportunities for students to undertake both taught and research postgraduate degrees.

The Department welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake a postgraduate research degree (MPhil and PhD) in the areas of history, politics and international relations 

Politics and International Relations

  • American, 
  • European, British and Irish politics
  • National security and defence
  • Maritime security and History
  • Peacekeeping and conflict resolution
  • European enlargement and integration
  • Political communication
  • Political economy‌

History

  • British and Irish early modern
  • European history and ideologies
  • Women’s history
  • Early modern maritime and colonial history
  • Modern economic history 
  • Northern Ireland politics and society
  • Modern British and Irish history

In the first instance, interested students should approach a faculty member who is actively pursuing research in an area commensurate to that in which they wish to pursue a programme of research.

 

Current Research Students

 

Rick Blackman

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: Music and the anti-Fascist Movement in post-war Britain

Research Supervisors: Dr Bryce Evans and Dr Stephen Kelly

Director of Studies: Prof Laura Hamer

 

Susan Forde

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: Social Movement as conflict transformation in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina. 

Research Supervisors: Dr Stefanie Kappler and Dr Janet Speake

Director of Studies: Prof Nicholas Rees

 

Magdalena Koziol

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: The politics of Poland’s energy policy between Russia and Europe

Research Supervisors: Prof Chris Williams and Dr Michael Holmes

Director of Studies: Prof Chris Williams

 

Martin Lloyd

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: English relations with the cimaroons in Spanish America, c. 1570-1650

Research supervisors: Dr Fiona Pogson and Dr John Appleby

Director of Studies: Prof Chris Williams

 

Nina Rogers

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: The impact of Margaret Thatcher’s early life upon her policies as Prime Minister

Supervisors: Dr Rob Busby and Dr Bryce Evans

Director of Studies: Prof Chris Williams

 

Martin Smith

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: Fascism and Marxism

Supervisors: Prof Michael Lavalette and Dr Stephen Kelly

Director of Studies: Prof. Chris Williams

 

Jessica Warwick

Doctoral Researcher

PhD Topic: The history of crime and punishment in Anglo-Irish literature, c. 1850-1950.

Supervisors: Dr Sonja Tiernan and Dr Trish Ferguson

Director of Studies: Prof Chris Williams