Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs
Co-Social Media and Technology Coordinator

Biography

My research (Economic and Social Research Council PhD Studentship) uses oral history and both government and trade union archival sources to analyse the contested process of pit closures and economic change within Scotland over the second half of the twentieth century, combining an analysis of deindustrialisation with the effort at modernisation via ‘reindustrialisation’ through foreign direct investment. Changes in community and gender relations are integrated with considerations of political shifts and the development of national consciousness in Scotland. This builds on earlier research into the anti-poll tax movement on Clydeside which emphasised both a continuation of traditions of housing protest, the context of deindustrialisation and aroused national feeling in Scotland as well as conflict between ‘civic Scotland’ and working-class community activism. (Supervisors: Dr Jim Phillips and Dr Duncan Ross)

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