Dr Jim Phillips

  • Senior Lecturer (Economic and Social History)

telephone: 01413308426
email: James.Phillips@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

I have been working at the University of Glasgow since 1995, after education at the Universities of Aberdeen (MA First Class Honours in History, 1986-90) and Edinburgh (History PhD, 1990-94).

I take great pride in my role as an educator. Helping our students at Glasgow is my first priority, and I hugely enjoy supporting the learning of undergraduates and post-graduates. In the classroom I encourage participation and involvement, and emphasise the benefits of cooperative learning, where students work closely together.

Research is an important feature of my role as educator and citizen. I explore the historical dimensions of one of the core problems in our contemporary world: how individuals and communities identify and pursue their economic security. My research shows that work and labour organisation are central to this objective. A key issue across the world is deindustrialisation. My research examines the economic, social and political dimensions of the loss of manual employment in industrial sectors. My analysis is framed by the critical application of notions of fairness, justice and the moral economy.

My current research is on the politics of deindustrialisation in Scotland, from the late 1950s, when the number of jobs peaked in coal, ships, steel and textiles, to the 1980s and 1990s when employment in manufacturing industries contracted rapidly. I am also writing a book about the experiences of a key group of industrial workers, Scottish coal miners, and their search for collective economic security from the 1920s to the 1980s.

My two most recent books examined the miners' strike of 1984-85 in Scotland, focusing on workplace and community factors, and the industrial and economic basis of devolution in Scotland. I am also the author, along with Michael French, of a study of food regulation and safety in the UK from the 1870s to the 1930s, and the author of a book on labour organisation and industrial unrest among British dock workers in the 1940s and 1950s.

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Deindustrialisation in Scotland since the peak of employment in the staple industries in the late 1950s
  • Labour organisation and politics in the coal industry in Scotland and Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • The Moral Economy and popular understandings of justice and fairness in employment
  • Industrial Politics in the UK from the 1940s to the 1990s

Selected publications

Grants

Employment, Politics and Culture in Scotland, 1955-2015, Leverhulme Trust, RPG-2016-283, £215,596, for 36 months from 1 April 2017

 

Supervision

I welcome the opportunity to work with students using a wide range of methodologies and theoretical approaches to the study of economic and social history. Students with interests in the following areas will find my supervision particularly helpful:

  • Deindustrialisation and its social dimensions, particularly relating to employment
  • Labour organisation and activity
  • The politics and sociology of work and industrial relations
  • Moral economy and fairness in employment


I have a track record of helping students to secure research funding, with four ESRC 1+3 funded students completing theses in the last seven years. I have also helped students gain scholarships from the Carnegie Trust and the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Sciences. Under my supervision students have used a variety of methodologies and theoretical approaches, including oral history as well as study of documentary materials in government, business, trade union and local authority archives, and deploying both class and gender as analytical categories. Completed studies have included:

 

  • Deindustrialisation in Lanarkshire, from the 1940s to the 1980s
  • Class, Gender, Inequalities and Consumerism in Industrial Scotland, from the 1930s to the 1990s
  • Industrial Relations at Bathgate’s Commercial Vehicle Factory in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Work Culture and Industrial Relations at the Linwood Car Plant in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Employee and Union Loyalties in British and American Retailing from the 1930s to the 1960s

Teaching

Undergraduate

Level 2

  • Economic & Social History 2A: Britain 1770-1914
  • Economic & Social History 2B: Britain since 1914

Honours

  • Researching Economic and Social History 2
  • Work and Labour in Britain since 1940
  • Work and Play in Britain and the United States of America in the Twentieth Century
  • Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate

  • Contributions to core courses in MSc in the Globalised Economy
  • Contributions to core courses in Int M Global Markets, Local Creativities, Erasmus Mundus International Masters
  • Globalisation and Labour, taught within various School of Social and Political Sciences PGT programmes

 

Additional information

Research Contribution

  • Member and Contributor, History and Policy
  • Council member, Scottish Labour History Society
  • Editor, Scottish Labour History
  • Editorial Committee member, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

Recent Conference and Seminar Papers

  • 'The End of Coal', University of Nottingham, June 2016
  • Economic History Society, Robinson College, Cambridge, March 2016
  • ‘Riots in Regions of Heavy Industry', University of Tübingen, November 2014
  • Scottish Oral History Centre, Seminar, University of Strathclyde, November 2014
  • Scottish Labour History Society, Research Seminar, University of Glasgow, September 2014
  • Economic History Society, University of Warwick, March 2014
  • Society for the Study of Labour History, University of St. Andrews, November 2013
  • Mineurs du Monde, University of Lille, Lens, April 2013
  • Switzerland in Dialogue, Symposium on History of Work, Goethe-Institut, Glasgow, March 2013
  • Scottish History Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh, November 2012
  • European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow, April 2012
  • Economic History Society, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, March-April 2012
  • Working Class Studies Association, University of Illinois-Chicago, June 2011
  • Symposium, Industrial Relations in the 1960s and 1970s, Centre for Business History, University of Glasgow, March 2011
  • European Business History Association, University of Glasgow, August 2010
  • Management History Research Group, University of St Andrews, July 2010
  • Economic History Society, University of Durham, March 2010
  • Modern British History Conference, University of Strathclyde, June 2009
  • 'Twentieth Century Dundee' Conference, University of Dundee, March 2009
  • 'Scotland's Energy' Conference, Business Archives Council of Scotland and Glasgow Museums, October 2008
  • European Business History Association, Bergen, August 2008
  • Economic History Society, Nottingham, March 2008

All publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1996 | 1995
Number of items: 43.

2017

Phillips, J. (2017) Economic direction and generational change in twentieth century Britain: the case of the Scottish coalfields. English Historical Review, 132(557), pp. 885-911. (doi:10.1093/ehr/cex199)

Phillips, J. (2017) The meanings of coal community in Britain since 1947. Contemporary British History, (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Phillips, J. (2016) A peculiar obscurity? William Gallacher’s missing biography and the role of Stalinism in Scottish Labour history: a contribution to an overdue discussion. Scottish Labour History, (Accepted for Publication)

2015

Phillips, J. (2015) The closure of Michael Colliery in 1967 and the politics of deindustrialization in Scotland. Twentieth Century British History, 26(4), pp. 551-572. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwu067)

Phillips, J. (2015) Contested memories: the Scottish Parliament and the 1984–5 miners' strike. Scottish Affairs, 24(2), pp. 187-206. (doi:10.3366/scot.2015.0066)

Phillips, J. (2015) The politics of deindustrialization in the Scottish coalfields after 1945. In: Aprile, S., Oliveira, M. d. and Touchelay, B. (eds.) Les houillères entre l'État, le marché et la société. Series: Histoire et civilisations. Septentrion Presses Universitaires: Villeneuve d'Ascq, pp. 155-167. ISBN 9782757411209

2014

Phillips, J. (2014) Ben Jones, The Working Class in Mid Twentieth-Century England: Community, Identity and Social Memory. Economic History Review, 67(1), pp. 304-305. (doi:10.1111/1468-0289.12055_9) [Book Review]

Phillips, J. (2014) Containing, isolating, and defeating the miners: The UK Cabinet Ministerial Group on Coal and the three phases of the 1984-85 strike. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 35, pp. 117-141. (doi:10.3828/hsir.2014.35.5)

2013

Phillips, J. (2013) Deindustrialization and the moral economy of the Scottish coalfields, 1947 to 1991. International Labor and Working-Class History, 84(1), pp. 99-115. (doi:10.1017/S0147547913000264)

2012

Phillips, J. (2012) Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85. Series: Critical labour movement studies. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719096723

Phillips, J. (2012) Material and moral resources: the 1984-5 miners' strike in Scotland. Economic History Review, 65(1), pp. 256-276. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00594.x)

2011

Perchard, A. and Phillips, J. (2011) Transgressing the moral economy: Wheelerism and management of the nationalised coal industry in Scotland. Contemporary British History, 25(3), pp. 387-405. (doi:10.1080/13619462.2011.597550)

Phillips, J. (2011) The 'Retreat' to Scotland: The Tay Road Bridge and Dundee's post-1945 development. In: Tomlinson, J. and Whatley, C.A. (eds.) Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. Dundee University Press: Dundee, pp. 246-265. ISBN 9781845860905

Phillips, J. (2011) UK business power and opposition to the Bullock Committee's 1977 proposals on worker directors. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations(31-32), pp. 1-30.

2010

Phillips, J. (2010) Collieries and communities: the miners’ strike in Scotland, 1984-1985. Scottish Labour History, 45, -172.

2009

Phillips, J. (2009) Business and the limited reconstruction of industrial relations in the UK in the 1970s. Business History, 51(6), pp. 801-816. (doi:10.1080/00076790903268253)

Phillips, J. (2009) Workplace conflict and the origins of the 1984-85 miners' strike in Scotland. Twentieth-Century British History, 20(2), pp. 152-172. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwn047)

Phillips, J. (2009) Energy and industrial politics in the UK: the miners' strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984-85. Scottish Business and Industrial History, 25(2), pp. 56-72.

2008

Phillips, J. (2008) The Industrial Politics of Devolution: Scotland in the 1960s and 1970s. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719075339

2007

Phillips, J. (2007) Industrial relations, historical contingencies and political economy : Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. Labour History Review (Special Issue on Working Class Masculinities), 72(3), pp. 215-233. (doi:10.1179/174581607X264801)

2006

Phillips, J. (2006) The 1972 miners' strike: popular agency and industrial politics in Britain. Contemporary British History, 20(2), pp. 187-207. (doi:10.1080/13619460600600748)

2005

Phillips, J. (2005) Oceanspan : deindustrialisation and devolution in Scotland, c. 1960-1974. Scottish Historical Review, 84(1), pp. 63-84. (doi:10.3366/shr.2005.84.1.63)

Phillips, J. (2005) Class and industrial relations in Britain: the 'long' mid-century and the case of port transport, c. 1920-70. Twentieth-Century British History, 16(1), pp. 52-73. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwi009)

Phillips, J. (2005) A Karachi stowage: dockers and the sea in twentieth-century Britain. History in Focus, 9,

2004

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2004) Windows and barriers in policy-making: responses to food poisoning in Britain, 1945-1956. Social History of Medicine, 17(2), pp. 245-260. (doi:10.1093/shm/17.2.269)

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2004) Protéger les consommateurs ou soutenir les producteurs ? La politique alimentaire menée par le Royaume-Uni de 1945 à 1955. Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, 51(3), pp. 165-190.

2003

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2003) Sophisticates or dupes? Attitudes toward food consumers in Edwardian Britain. Enterprise and Society, 4(3), pp. 442-470. (doi:10.1093/es/khg022)

2002

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2002) Food safety regimes in Scotland, 1899-1914. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 22(2), pp. 134-157. (doi:10.3366/jshs.2002.22.2.134)

2000

Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (Eds.) (2000) Food, Science, Policy and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London. ISBN 0415235324

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2000) Cheated Not Poisoned? : Food Regulation in the United Kingdom, 1875-1938. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719056055

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2000) Compositional food standards in the United Kingdom: the case of the Willis Inquiry, 1929-1934. In: Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (eds.) Food, Science, Policy, and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London, pp. 17-35. ISBN 0415235324

Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (2000) Food policy and regulation: a multiplicity of actors and experts. In: Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (eds.) Food, Science, Policy, and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 0415235324

1999

Phillips, J. (1999) Democracy and trade unionism on the docks, 1945-1964. In: Campbell, A., Fishman, N. and McIlroy, J. (eds.) British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics : the Post-War Compromise, 1945-64. Series: Studies in labour history, 1. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 293-310. ISBN 9780754600176

Phillips, J. (1999) Labour and the Cold War: the TGWU and the politics of anti-communism, 1945-55. Labour History Review, 64, pp. 44-61.

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1999) State regulation and the hazards of milk, 1900-1939. Social History of Medicine, 12(3), pp. 371-388. (doi:10.1093/shm/12.3.371)

1998

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1998) Adulteration and food law, 1899–1939. Twentieth-Century British History, 9(3), pp. 350-369.

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1998) The pure beer campaign and arsenic poisoning, 1896–1903. Rural History, 9, pp. 195-209. (doi:10.1017/S0956793300001576)

1996

Phillips, J. (1996) Decausualization and disruption : industrial relations in the docks, 1945-1979. In: Wrigley, C. (ed.) A History of British Industrial Relations, 1939-1979 : Industrial Relations in a Declining Economy. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 165-185. ISBN 1852788925

Phillips, J. (1996) The Great Alliance : Economic Recovery and the Problems of Power, 1945-1951. Pluto Press: London. ISBN 0745310389

Phillips, J. (1996) Inter-union conflict in the docks, 1954-55. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 1, pp. 103-126.

Phillips, J. (1996) Unofficial dock strikes, 1945-1951. In: Charlesworth, A., Gilbert, D., Randall, A., Southall, H. and Wrigley, C. (eds.) An Atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain, 1750-1990. MacMillan: Basingstoke, pp. 195-201. ISBN 9780333565995

1995

Phillips, J. (1995) British dock workers and the Second World War : the limits of social change. Scottish Labour History, 30, pp. 87-103.

Phillips, J. (1995) The postwar political consensus and industrial unrest in the docks, 1945–55. Twentieth-Century British History, 6(3), pp. 302-319. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/6.3.302)

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Number of items: 43.

Articles

Phillips, J. (2017) Economic direction and generational change in twentieth century Britain: the case of the Scottish coalfields. English Historical Review, 132(557), pp. 885-911. (doi:10.1093/ehr/cex199)

Phillips, J. (2017) The meanings of coal community in Britain since 1947. Contemporary British History, (Accepted for Publication)

Phillips, J. (2016) A peculiar obscurity? William Gallacher’s missing biography and the role of Stalinism in Scottish Labour history: a contribution to an overdue discussion. Scottish Labour History, (Accepted for Publication)

Phillips, J. (2015) The closure of Michael Colliery in 1967 and the politics of deindustrialization in Scotland. Twentieth Century British History, 26(4), pp. 551-572. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwu067)

Phillips, J. (2015) Contested memories: the Scottish Parliament and the 1984–5 miners' strike. Scottish Affairs, 24(2), pp. 187-206. (doi:10.3366/scot.2015.0066)

Phillips, J. (2014) Containing, isolating, and defeating the miners: The UK Cabinet Ministerial Group on Coal and the three phases of the 1984-85 strike. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 35, pp. 117-141. (doi:10.3828/hsir.2014.35.5)

Phillips, J. (2013) Deindustrialization and the moral economy of the Scottish coalfields, 1947 to 1991. International Labor and Working-Class History, 84(1), pp. 99-115. (doi:10.1017/S0147547913000264)

Phillips, J. (2012) Material and moral resources: the 1984-5 miners' strike in Scotland. Economic History Review, 65(1), pp. 256-276. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00594.x)

Perchard, A. and Phillips, J. (2011) Transgressing the moral economy: Wheelerism and management of the nationalised coal industry in Scotland. Contemporary British History, 25(3), pp. 387-405. (doi:10.1080/13619462.2011.597550)

Phillips, J. (2011) UK business power and opposition to the Bullock Committee's 1977 proposals on worker directors. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations(31-32), pp. 1-30.

Phillips, J. (2010) Collieries and communities: the miners’ strike in Scotland, 1984-1985. Scottish Labour History, 45, -172.

Phillips, J. (2009) Business and the limited reconstruction of industrial relations in the UK in the 1970s. Business History, 51(6), pp. 801-816. (doi:10.1080/00076790903268253)

Phillips, J. (2009) Workplace conflict and the origins of the 1984-85 miners' strike in Scotland. Twentieth-Century British History, 20(2), pp. 152-172. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwn047)

Phillips, J. (2009) Energy and industrial politics in the UK: the miners' strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984-85. Scottish Business and Industrial History, 25(2), pp. 56-72.

Phillips, J. (2007) Industrial relations, historical contingencies and political economy : Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. Labour History Review (Special Issue on Working Class Masculinities), 72(3), pp. 215-233. (doi:10.1179/174581607X264801)

Phillips, J. (2006) The 1972 miners' strike: popular agency and industrial politics in Britain. Contemporary British History, 20(2), pp. 187-207. (doi:10.1080/13619460600600748)

Phillips, J. (2005) Oceanspan : deindustrialisation and devolution in Scotland, c. 1960-1974. Scottish Historical Review, 84(1), pp. 63-84. (doi:10.3366/shr.2005.84.1.63)

Phillips, J. (2005) Class and industrial relations in Britain: the 'long' mid-century and the case of port transport, c. 1920-70. Twentieth-Century British History, 16(1), pp. 52-73. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwi009)

Phillips, J. (2005) A Karachi stowage: dockers and the sea in twentieth-century Britain. History in Focus, 9,

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2004) Windows and barriers in policy-making: responses to food poisoning in Britain, 1945-1956. Social History of Medicine, 17(2), pp. 245-260. (doi:10.1093/shm/17.2.269)

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2004) Protéger les consommateurs ou soutenir les producteurs ? La politique alimentaire menée par le Royaume-Uni de 1945 à 1955. Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, 51(3), pp. 165-190.

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2003) Sophisticates or dupes? Attitudes toward food consumers in Edwardian Britain. Enterprise and Society, 4(3), pp. 442-470. (doi:10.1093/es/khg022)

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2002) Food safety regimes in Scotland, 1899-1914. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 22(2), pp. 134-157. (doi:10.3366/jshs.2002.22.2.134)

Phillips, J. (1999) Labour and the Cold War: the TGWU and the politics of anti-communism, 1945-55. Labour History Review, 64, pp. 44-61.

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1999) State regulation and the hazards of milk, 1900-1939. Social History of Medicine, 12(3), pp. 371-388. (doi:10.1093/shm/12.3.371)

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1998) Adulteration and food law, 1899–1939. Twentieth-Century British History, 9(3), pp. 350-369.

Phillips, J. and French, M. (1998) The pure beer campaign and arsenic poisoning, 1896–1903. Rural History, 9, pp. 195-209. (doi:10.1017/S0956793300001576)

Phillips, J. (1996) Inter-union conflict in the docks, 1954-55. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 1, pp. 103-126.

Phillips, J. (1995) British dock workers and the Second World War : the limits of social change. Scottish Labour History, 30, pp. 87-103.

Phillips, J. (1995) The postwar political consensus and industrial unrest in the docks, 1945–55. Twentieth-Century British History, 6(3), pp. 302-319. (doi:10.1093/tcbh/6.3.302)

Books

Phillips, J. (2012) Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85. Series: Critical labour movement studies. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719096723

Phillips, J. (2008) The Industrial Politics of Devolution: Scotland in the 1960s and 1970s. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719075339

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2000) Cheated Not Poisoned? : Food Regulation in the United Kingdom, 1875-1938. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719056055

Phillips, J. (1996) The Great Alliance : Economic Recovery and the Problems of Power, 1945-1951. Pluto Press: London. ISBN 0745310389

Book Sections

Phillips, J. (2015) The politics of deindustrialization in the Scottish coalfields after 1945. In: Aprile, S., Oliveira, M. d. and Touchelay, B. (eds.) Les houillères entre l'État, le marché et la société. Series: Histoire et civilisations. Septentrion Presses Universitaires: Villeneuve d'Ascq, pp. 155-167. ISBN 9782757411209

Phillips, J. (2011) The 'Retreat' to Scotland: The Tay Road Bridge and Dundee's post-1945 development. In: Tomlinson, J. and Whatley, C.A. (eds.) Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. Dundee University Press: Dundee, pp. 246-265. ISBN 9781845860905

French, M. and Phillips, J. (2000) Compositional food standards in the United Kingdom: the case of the Willis Inquiry, 1929-1934. In: Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (eds.) Food, Science, Policy, and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London, pp. 17-35. ISBN 0415235324

Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (2000) Food policy and regulation: a multiplicity of actors and experts. In: Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (eds.) Food, Science, Policy, and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 0415235324

Phillips, J. (1999) Democracy and trade unionism on the docks, 1945-1964. In: Campbell, A., Fishman, N. and McIlroy, J. (eds.) British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics : the Post-War Compromise, 1945-64. Series: Studies in labour history, 1. Ashgate: Aldershot, pp. 293-310. ISBN 9780754600176

Phillips, J. (1996) Decausualization and disruption : industrial relations in the docks, 1945-1979. In: Wrigley, C. (ed.) A History of British Industrial Relations, 1939-1979 : Industrial Relations in a Declining Economy. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 165-185. ISBN 1852788925

Phillips, J. (1996) Unofficial dock strikes, 1945-1951. In: Charlesworth, A., Gilbert, D., Randall, A., Southall, H. and Wrigley, C. (eds.) An Atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain, 1750-1990. MacMillan: Basingstoke, pp. 195-201. ISBN 9780333565995

Book Reviews

Phillips, J. (2014) Ben Jones, The Working Class in Mid Twentieth-Century England: Community, Identity and Social Memory. Economic History Review, 67(1), pp. 304-305. (doi:10.1111/1468-0289.12055_9) [Book Review]

Edited Books

Smith, D.F. and Phillips, J. (Eds.) (2000) Food, Science, Policy and Regulation in the Twentieth Century : International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: London. ISBN 0415235324

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