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Overview

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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Research Output

Voices of social dislocation, lost work and economic restructuring: narratives from marginalised localities in the ‘New Scotland’

Clark, A. & Gibbs, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : Memory Studies. 13, 1, p. 39-59 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    119 Downloads (Pure)

    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
    File
  • The moral economy of the Scottish coalfields: managing deindustrialization under nationalization c.1947–1983

    Gibbs, E., 31 Mar 2018, In : Enterprise and Society. 19, 1, p. 124-152 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    48 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    EBHA Honourable Mention

    Ewan Gibbs (Recipient), Jun 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    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

    Humanities (Journal)

    Ewan Gibbs (Peer reviewer)
    2019 → …

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

    Democracy@101

    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

    File

    Ideology and Identities in Post-War Scotland

    Ewan Gibbs (Chair)
    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Contemporary British History (Journal)

    Ewan Gibbs (Peer reviewer)
    2019 → …

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

    Press / Media

    Is Brexit Worth Scotland’s Independence?

    Ewan Gibbs

    1/08/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The Caley and Scotland’s ‘invisible workers’

    Ewan Gibbs

    26/07/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

    Ewan Gibbs

    16/07/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Centenary of 'the Battle of George Square'

    Ewan Gibbs

    31/01/193/02/19

    3 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Red Clydeside walking tour

    Ewan Gibbs

    26/01/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Profiles