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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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Research Output 2014 2018

precarious employment
citizenship
Canada
miner
worker

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

factory
de-industrialization
worker
occupation
social infrastructure
de-industrialization
nationalization
economy
labor market
coal mining
Open Access
File
Scotland
restructuring
Economics
narrative
economics

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
File
labor
politics
coalition
capitalist society
rhetoric

Prizes

EBHA Honourable Mention

Ewan Gibbs (Recipient), Jun 2015

Prize: Other distinction

business history

Activities 2013 2019

Democracy@101

Pugh, M. (Organiser), Clark, C. (Keynote/plenary speaker), Fuertes, V. (Chair), Gibbs, E. (Chair), McNally, M. (Chair)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

File

Tracks of the Past

Henderson, S. (Organiser), Gibbs, E. (Organiser), Bianchi, V. (Organiser)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Democracy@101

Gibbs, E. (Invited speaker)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Sociological Association (BSA) annual conference: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity

Gibbs, E. (Speaker), Ewan Kerr (Speaker)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2018

Gibbs, E. (Speaker), Henderson, S. (Speaker), Bianchi, V. (Invited speaker)
22 Nov 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

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

Ewan Gibbs

8/11/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment