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Dr Christopher Massey

Christopher Massey

About Christopher Massey

Dr Christopher Massey has longstanding links to Teesside University. He graduated from the University in 2007 with first-class BA degree in history, and completed an MA the following year, graduating with distinction. In 2012, Christopher submitted his PhD thesis, ‘Public Ownership and the Labour Governments of 1945-51: The Case of Steel Nationalisation’ and graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy. He has given lectures on his thesis topic at Teesside, Durham and Huddersfield Universities. 

Christopher has always been fascinated by British labour and trade union history. His doctoral work explored the 1945-51 Labour Governments’ attitude to steel nationalisation by assessing, for the first time, this controversial policy through five key case studies of: the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the British Iron and Steel Federation, the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation and the campaigns of Alfred Edwards (MP for Middlesbrough East 1935-50).

In 2015, Christopher returned to the University to take up the position of post-doctoral researcher in history. His new research project concentrates on the life and career of Lord Tom Sawyer, Teesside University’s Chancellor and a key figure in the Labour Party and trade union movement.

Outside of academia Christopher has extensive experience in local government, being elected as a Councillor for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 2011, and as the Cabinet member for environment and rural affairs since 2012. In addition, Christopher also sits on the North York Moors National Park Authority, and retains an interest in education as a school governor and former secondary school teacher.