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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. Ewan's PhD thesis developed these thems through a study of the Scottish coalfields. This work has led to several journal articles on working-class politics, Scottish nationhood and memories of industry, as well as a monograph which will be published by the Institue of Historical Research. Ewan's 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 area 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 UK regions experiencing deindustrialization. This original research will incorporate archival work and oral history testimonies to provide a distinct 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
factory Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2019

Socialism in a cold climate: the radical left since 1999

Gibbs, E., 31 Aug 2019, The Story of the Scottish Parliament: The First Two Decades Explained. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Tracks of the past: a place-responsive education industrial heritage project

Gibbs, E., Henderson, S. & Bianchi, V., 2019, 2 p. University of the West of Scotland.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
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
economic change


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

Ideology and Identities in Post-War Scotland

Ewan Gibbs (Chair)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Humanities (Journal)

Ewan Gibbs (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Contemporary British History (Journal)

Ewan Gibbs (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Modern British Studies conference

Ewan Gibbs (Speaker)
4 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Is Brexit Worth Scotland’s Independence?

Ewan Gibbs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Caley and Scotland’s ‘invisible workers’

Ewan Gibbs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Coal Culture Wars: (Mis)understanding The Durham Miners’ Gala

Ewan Gibbs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Centenary of 'the Battle of George Square'

Ewan Gibbs


3 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Red Clydeside walking tour

Ewan Gibbs


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


youth work
role model