Dr Diarmaid Kelliher
- Research Associate (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
My research has focused on historical geographies of labour and social movements, particularly in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. Theoretically I have been particularly interested in developing ideas around solidarity. My current focus is building on my doctoral research on relationships between London and the coalfields from the late 1960s onwards. I have recently completed a booklet of first hand accounts of support for the miners during the 1984-5 strike with Dr David Featherstone (available here). Future research plans include a historical geography of the picket line, and exploring conceptions and practices of democracy - particularly in the labour movement - in the second half of the 20th century.
I am a postdoctoral reseach associate, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation, a position I took up in October 2017. Before this I had two short research assistant/associate jobs at Glasgow working with Dr David Featherstone on an oral history and public engagement project on London and the 1984-5 miners' strike, and Professor Andrew Cumbers on policy workshops around municipal public energy companies. Dr Featherstone and Professor Cumbers supervised my PhD at Glasgow from 2013-17, which was titled 'Solidarity, class and labour agency: mapping networks of support between London and the coalfields during the 1984-5 miners' strike'. I studied for a BA in modern history and politics at Oxford, then an MA in contemporary history and politics at Birkbeck. In between these degrees, and sometimes during, I mostly worked in libraries.
I am a member of the team at the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and recently joined the committee of the Scottish Labour History Society.