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Global and Transnational History

Caption: Orbis Terrarum Typus (Double Hemispheric World Map) Jan van Doetichum the younger (d.1630) Photo credit: American Museum & GardensAcademics in this group investigate the connections between different regions of the world. We are interested in how identities and boundaries were negotiated; how goods, ideas, beliefs, and people moved; how they were received and adapted, and transformed the places to which they moved; in how individuals managed to organise networks across borders; and how different communities and cultures interacted in different ways and spaces across the world.

Our research expertise ranges from the late medieval and early modern world right through to contemporary history, from the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, to the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and European-Asian relations. We study the environment (natural and otherwise), diplomatic relations and kingship, global trade flows, hybrid and global objects, empires, migration and diaspora, transnational movements, political ideologies, and international organisations. What brings us together is a shared interest in transnational, spatial, and global approaches. Some examples of the group’s research include studies on the international impact of the English Reformation, the British and Irish presence in North America, and the Ottoman-Arab world in the 19th century.

The group has a growing network of international and third sector collaborations, with organisations such as the Cooperative Group, the Durham Oriental Museum and the international NGO the Union of International Associations. The group has also set up a collaboration with Oxford University in global political economy with funding from Brasenose College and the Past and Present Society, matched by Northumbria. From 2021 the group is hosting a UKRI-funded project led by Felicia Gottmann, on Migration, Adaptation, Innovation 1500-1800’. A team of researchers will investigate the role that immigration played in the development of new technologies, using examples from Europe, the Middle East and South and East Asia. The project involves collaborations with museums and community partners in the UK and internationally.

Logo for North East Transnational and World History Research CentreNorthumbria’s Global and Transnational Research Group is a founding member of NETWoRC, the North-East Transnational and World History Research Centre, which brings together academics, graduate students, and early career researchers from across the North East. As part of that we organise a regular lunchtime seminar hosted by Northumbria, research workshops, conferences, symposia, and training workshops. Follow us via our blog, Facebook, or Twitter.


Professor Charlotte Alston

Dr Edward Anderson

Dr Jennifer Aston

Dr Hilary Francis

Professor David T Gleeson

Dr Helena Goodwyn

Dr Felicia Gottmann 

Dr Peter Hill 

Professor Matthew Kelly

Dr Andrea Knox

Dr. Katarzyna Kosior 

Dr Daniel Laqua

Dr Tim Livsey

Dr Neil Murphy

Professor Brian Ward

Dr Rebecca Wright

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Emily Sharp 


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