Our research culture cuts across the disciplinary units of History and Politics.We are aiming to work increasingly within shared research groups in order to develop our research in an interdisciplinary fashion within the Division, the School, and across the University. Our research revolves around parties, politics and social movements; Atlantic Studies; the history and politics of international relations and European integration; political theory and intellectual history; political economy; environmental history and policy; public policy; as well as the politics of regionalism and devolution. We develop our research in the context of a wide-ranging set of local, national and international partnerships, including institutions in continental Europe, the US and Japan.
The Division encompasses two subjects and their research areas -
Members of staff work within a broad and innovative range of periods and subjects across a broad chronological and thematic range of subjects. We have an excellent record for winning project grants from external funders such as the AHRC, the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
The public impact of our research is reflected in our wide-ranging collaborations with public sector bodies, most prominently the Ochills Landscape Partnership and our commercial branch History Tomorrow. We are also the home of the popular history magazine History Scotland. As part of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, we have begun to work with the Scottish Government and practitioners on the future of Scottish public policy.
We are the host of a number of high-profile archives and research projects:
We also have privileged relationships with two important early-modern libraries:
We supervise undergraduates and postgraduates in many areas of History and Politics from the early middle ages to the present day. Students can benefit from co-supervision across disciplines, and we are striving to set up a partnership with colleagues at the University of Dundee in areas of shared expertise. History at Stirling is part of a Scottish consortium known as the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland, offering PhD studentships from 2014 until 2019 as well as of the equivalent programme for the ESRC.
For REF 2014 our Division has been submitted to Units of Assessment C22 (Social Work and Social Policy), D30 (History), and D32 (Philosophy).