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Dr Ewan Gibbs’ research interests lie in the long-term cultural and political effects of major economic changes. His work studies deindustrialization-the contraction of industrial employment and production-focusing on the Scottish coalfields. His research extends beyond the coal mining industry itself to the impact that prolonged and profound transitions from an extractive and industrial economy towards a service-dominated labour market under varying regimes of political economy. Over several research projects in this Ewan has gained expertise in archival research as well as in oral history methods. His work assesses the recollection of collective experiences and their role in establishing meaning and senses of place. Ewan has also developed a strong interest in the construction of ‘usable pasts’ and the deployment of history in contemporary politicised contexts. He is committed to public history and working with stakeholders from outwith the academy. Ewan served as the CI on a recent Carnegie RIG funded project, ‘Tracks of the Past’, which took the memory and legacy of trade union activism and deindustrialization into Scottish school classrooms. It did so in collaboration with former industrial workers and trade unions.  Presently, Ewan is developing a study on the industrial politics of major infrastructure investments in contracting UK industrial regions. This original research will incorporate archival work and oral history testimonies to provide a distinct multi-national vantage on the shift towards a multi-fuel energy economy during the second half of the twentieth century.


External positions

Research Affiliate, Scottish Oral History Centre

2018 → …

Researh Associate, Centre for Business History in Scotland

2017 → …

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de-industrialization Social Sciences
industrial nation Social Sciences
industrial economy Social Sciences
economy Social Sciences
economic planning Social Sciences
nationalization Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
civil servant Social Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2018

Precarious employment

Who owns a factory? Caterpillar tractors in Uddingston, 1956-1987

Gibbs, E. & Phillips, J., 13 Sep 2018, In : Historical Studies in Industrial Relations. 39, p. 111-137 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social infrastructure
labor market
coal mining
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Open Access

Who’s “Normal”? Class, Culture and Labour Politics in a Fragmented Britain

Gibbs, E., 1 Mar 2017, In : Renewal. 25, 1, p. 86-91 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
capitalist society


EBHA Honourable Mention

Ewan Gibbs (Recipient), Jun 2015

Prize: Other distinction

business history

Activities 2013 2019

Tracks of the Past

Susan Henderson (Organiser), Ewan Gibbs (Organiser), Victoria Bianchi (Organiser)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Michael Pugh (Organiser), Colin Clark (Keynote/plenary speaker), Vanesa Fuertes (Chair), Ewan Gibbs (Chair), Mark McNally (Chair)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course



Ewan Gibbs (Invited speaker)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

(In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland.

Stephen Collins (Organiser), Ewan Gibbs (Speaker), Susan Henderson (Speaker), Julie Clark (Speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

NW Posthumus Conference: Global Inequality Trends and Theories

Ewan Gibbs (Invited speaker)
25 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Scotland’s workforce: Where are most Scots employed in 2017?

Ewan Gibbs


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment