REF 2014

  • Northumbria has been ranked in the UK top 20 for the quality of its History research publications.

  • More than three quarters of Northumbria’s History research outputs are rated as being world leading or internationally excellent, placing us in the upper quartile for History research in the UK. 

Research in this area spans 600 years and several continents with an emphasis on transnational analysis, covering such topics as modern British and Irish history, the history of social and political activism, medieval and early modern Europe and US history. 

British and Irish Worlds

Academics in this group have strong research expertise in modern British and Irish history with a focus on the transnational elements in both, especially the English, Scottish and Irish diasporas, the British Empire/Commonwealth and the influence of British culture around the globe.

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Histories of Activism

Academics in this group examine how different forms of activism began to take shape in the 19th and 20th centuries. They examine political protest, the efforts of interest groups, the promotion of alternative economic and social models, as well as the measures for the protection of particular...

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Medieval & Early Modern

Research expertise in medieval and early modern Europe covers issues of female authority, religion, monarchism and republicanism. Academics carry out inter-disciplinary research on areas such as the changing institutional, material and spatial contexts of religious life...

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US History

Our academics in this group have particular expertise on race, diplomacy, presidential politics, economic development, popular music and transnational culture and ideas in the United States. Research projects include: Lyndon Johnson and civil rights, female activism on university campuses...

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We Are Global

Living in the 21st Century, the world is getting smaller and becoming more connected every day. At Northumbria University we recognise and respond to this fast paced, dynamic world and are operating on a global scale more than ever before.