Dr Diarmaid Kelliher

  • Research Associate (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

Research interests

Reseach interests

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. This includes working on a booklet of first hand accounts of support for the miners during the 1984-5 strike with Dr David Featherstone. 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.


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