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PhD Scholarships: History and Politics

PhD Scholarships Wednesday 10 June 2015

Liverpool Hope has launched a series of PhD Scholarships and welcomes applications from outstanding individuals of a high calibre to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University in selected areas. We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and inter-disciplinary projects. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.

You can find full details about the Scholarships on the PhD Scholarships webpage or you can also contact Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting '2015 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships' for more information, by emailing

The Scholarships available will be selected from a range of specific project. Over the coming weeks, will profile the details of these areas of research. 


History and Politics

Peace-building and local agency

Principal Investigators: Dr Stefanie Kappler and Dr Catalina London-Montoya

This project ties in with the Department’s strength in the fields of local agency in (post-) conflict settings. We aim to highlight the crucial role of local, civil society and grassroots actors in peacebuilding processes in a variety of ways. We therefore encourage applications which analyse the role of narratives in post-conflict peacebuilding; the role of the media (and particularly alternative media); the role of cultural actors and artists; social movements and other social actors involved in peacebuilding processes. The project should fit with the general work of the Tutu Centre. We are therefore open to inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches and look for innovative approaches to methodology and research development.


The early influences on the political development of Margaret Thatcher

Principal Investigators: Dr Bryce Evans and Dr Rob Busby

Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister, 1979-1990), and her ideology have become a divisive part of British political history and her time in office remains an era which still needs to be understood by a new generation of historians. Amongst the available literature, there is a level of consensus which highlights the significant role played by Thatcher’s upbringing as the daughter of politically minded grocer Alfred Roberts (1902-1970), in shaping her political thought. John Campbell states that Thatcher’s political personality was ‘moulded by her upbringing.’ while Charles Moore’s authorised biography suggests that Roberts’ political actions stoked his daughter’s interest in the political arena.

However, in simply noting that Thatcher used her upbringing to portray a particular image historians have failed to understand the full impact of Thatcher’s early years upon her later ideology and political style. Using her earliest role as the ‘grocer’s daughter’ as its starting point, this research will consider the impact of Thatcher’s earliest influences upon her political development, assessing how far those early experiences actually shaped the conservative ideology of the future leader.

Thatcher’s experiences during the Second World War are viewed primarily in terms of their impact on her later foreign policy. But how far did Thatcher's experiences of the Home Front affect her domestic policies? This research will assess the extent to which Thatcher's political attitude in the 1980s was moulded by her war-time experience. Did policies such as large scale privatisation undertaken in the 1980s signify abandonment of the political and social ethic of war-time Britain? Or did war-time principles play a more significant role in the development of both Thatcher’s political beliefs and that of her Conservative Party? In addressing this question, this project seeks to examine and revise the popular memory not only of Home Front Britain but of Thatcher's Britain.


The history of crime and punishment in Anglo-Irish literature c. 1850-1950

Principal Investigators: Dr Sonja Tiernan and Dr Trish Ferguson

The Departments of History & English are offering a PhD scholarship for a study of criminal justice and practice as represented in Anglo-Irish literature c.1850-1950.

The interdisciplinary PhD project will be the first study of representations of crime to cross the boundaries of History, Literature and Irish Studies. Literature in this context is broadly defined and can include fiction, non-fiction and forms of popular culture, for example magazines, journals and broadsides. Candidates should have a strong academic background in English Literature, History and/or Irish Studies.

This PhD project will be co-supervised by Dr Sonja Tiernan (Senior Lecturer, Department of History) and Dr Trish Ferguson (Senior Lecturer, Department of English). The supervisors have designed and currently lead an interdisciplinary MA course, Victorian Crime: Fact and Fiction. It is planned to co-edit a volume of articles based on this interdisciplinary theme.  Both supervisors are active members of the Irish Studies Research Group, which will provide the successful candidate a research environment enabling cross-departmental dialogue.

The successful candidate will have access to a wealth of primary source historical records in Ireland and Britain including the British National Archives Home Office papers and prison records; The Proceedings of the Old Bailey; Dáil Éireann and criminal records at the National Archives of Ireland as well as local criminal records from regional archives.

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