Historical Research

History forms a long-standing centre of international research excellence. In the REF 2014, 73% of research in History was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. The submission was also judged to have met the highest international standards in terms of impact, with 100% rated as having outstanding/very considerable impact.

The REF 2014 results reinforced continuing strengths in History, particularly in the fields of Far Right History and Regional History. Research strengths and synergies in History are brought together in the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies (CFAPS) and the Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research (CRLHR).

Research interests range over three broad thematic areas:

  • modern and contemporary political history
  • regional and local history
  • post industrial culture and society

The ground-breaking Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies examines the historical development of fascism and anti-fascism. Professor Nigel Copsey and Professor Matthew Feldman co-direct the Centre, which builds upon their reputations as two of the leading UK experts on both historical and contemporary manifestations of fascism and anti-fascism.

Reflecting the particular strength of regional and local history at Teesside University is the Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research . The Centre publishes Papers in North East England History , a series of peer reviewed papers on a wide range of topics in the history of North East England.

Post industrial culture and society builds on a platform of research excellence in regional history extending to new areas of cross-disciplinary practice aligned to the Heritage Consortium , with a focus upon cultural and social perspectives of localism, public history practice and cultural identitie

Research impact

The History Research Group is committed to sharing research and its benefits with public audiences beyond academia. The Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research engages with individuals, groups and communities at local level; while concurrently, the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies engages broader constituencies at national and international level. Research activity undertaken across both disciplinary areas has occasioned numerous types of impact.

Read more about how research in History impacts on public audiences beyond academia .


Teesside is a member of the North East England History Institute (NEEHI). This Institute is a partnership involving Teesside and the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumbria, and the Open University. Other partners include Beamish Open Air Museum and more than 30 regional institutions, including many local history societies. NEEHI also has more than a hundred members who have joined as individuals.

Teesside is also part of The Heritage Consortium of seven universities and over 70 heritage partner organisations, supported by around £3 million in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the member universities. The History Section, together with colleagues elsewhere in the University, contributes leading supervisory expertise in post-industrial heritage, cultural and social history and cultural policy. Teesside provides key skills training in heritage and public history and archiving the moving image. Supplementary expertise includes oral history and community heritage interpretation. In addition to the doctoral studentship scheme operated through the Heritage Consortium, the History Section is offering one full-time studentship on its master's programme each year for five years from 2014/15 entry.

Building on the success of the Heritage Consortium, Teesside is also part of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH) a partnership between the universities of Hull, Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and Teesside. It is co-ordinated through the Department of History at Hull and aims to strengthen the six institutions as beacons of arts and humanities research in the north, by offering innovative training and cross-institutional research supervision. Each member brings strengths in one or more key fields of research expertise and doctoral training. Teesside's contributing areas are History, English and Visual Culture.

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For more information see individual profiles of current members of the history research group:

Professor Emeritus Anthony Pollard

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Research students

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The History research group runs a programme of regular history research seminars for staff, students and visiting scholars.