Jim Smyth took his first degree (M.A.) at the University of Glasgow and his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He worked on various research projects e.g. (‘The Social change and Economic Life Initiative’; ‘Politicians, Businessmen and Public Policy’) at both Edinburgh and Glasgow before coming to Stirling. He has held awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.
My original research was in the history of labour politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but I have developed interests into family life and labour, the small firm in the nineteenth century, business and politics in the twentieth century, and housing and neighbourhood identity. I am currently working on a study of patients and hospital records in late nineteenth century Glasgow, which is a continuation of a long-standing project on the lives of the urban poor. I am involved in various collaborative projects including the Scottish Political Archive, War Memorials in Scotland, and the history of crime and punishment, and am a member of both the Research Centre for Environmental History and Policy, and the Centre for Scottish Studies. In broad terms my main field of supervision lies in modern Scottish social history incorporating politics, work, the family and household, the conditions of urban life, particularly health and housing. In association with Dr Michael Penman I have interests in the ‘reputations’ of famous Scots, and the ways in which the Great War was remembered through the construction of memorials to the fallen.