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Personal Statement

My research interests are in the history of work and occupational health where I’ve played a significant role over the past two decades in applying an oral history methodology. My work thus lies at the intersection of the sub-disciplines of labour and medical history. My recent publications reflect this, including a co-authored book, Miners’ Lung (Ashgate, 2007), my monograph Working Lives: Work in Britain since 1945 (Palgrave 2013) and the co-authored book Men in Reserve: British Civilian Masculinity in the Second World War (Manchester University Press, 2016). Generous financial support from external funders has contributed to these research outputs, including the AHRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Foundation and the Hudson Trust. I am currently working on three projects: the health impacts of deindustrialisation; the history of disability in British coalfield communities in the twentieth century; and a history of occupational health during the Second World War.


In my role as Director (since 2005) of the Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) I have overseen its development into an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange centre for oral history. I am passionate about oral history and have played a leading role in getting oral history situated as one of the four research strengths of the History subject area at the University of Strathclyde, in teaching through our undergraduate and postgraduate oral history pathways and in supervising dissertation, Masters and PhD theses deploying oral history methodologies.


I strongly believe that academic research should have a significant public impact and that there should be deep engagement with the public and wider stakeholders. I have tried to do this in my own research where my oral history approach to occupational respiratory disease and disability has had a significant effect on understanding the diverse and complex impacts of contracting such diseases upon identities, health and well-being, including in relation to the ongoing asbestos-related disease epidemic. I held a Knowledge Transfer Fellowship with Glasgow Museums in 2010-11 and have developed close links with museums, archives, community groups and some businesses, which has significantly impacted on their practices, including their understanding of the importance of memory heritage and the role of the voice in reconstructing past lived experience.


I have extensive experience of postgraduate supervision and welcome enquiries from prospective Masters and doctoral students interested in any aspects of the history of work, occupational health and safety, and deindustrialisation – especially those interested in deploying oral history methodology.



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Occupational Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Scotland Medicine & Life Sciences
labor Social Sciences
employer Social Sciences
Occupational Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences
Occupational Medicine Medicine & Life Sciences
industrial relations Social Sciences
worker Social Sciences

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Projects 2007 2018

Research Output 1984 2017

Open Access
Social Welfare
Interwar Years
Trade Unions

Deindustrialization embodied: work, health and disability in the United Kingdom since the mid-twentieth century

McIvor, A., 1 Jul 2017, The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places. High, S., MacKinnon, L. & Perchard, A. (eds.). Vancouver

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Work place


Disability and Industrial Society 1780-1948: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields: Statistical Compendium

McIvor, A. (Creator), Turner, D. (Creator), Thompson, S. (Creator), Bohata, K. (Creator), Long, V. (Creator), Mantin, M. (Creator), Blackie, D. (Creator), Curtis, B. (Creator), Turner, A. (Creator), Brown, V. (Creator), Jones, A. (Creator), Borsay, A. (Creator), 10 Dec 2016



AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellow (Glasgow Museums)

Arthur McIvor (Recipient), Jan 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Knowledge transfer

Activities 1994 2016

European Social Science History Conference, Valencia

Arthur McIvor (Participant)
30 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

PhD external examiner, University of Swansea

Arthur McIvor (External Examiner)
Mar 2016

Activity: Examination typesExamination


Contribution to occupational health campaigns, international debate and public awareness of miner’s lung and asbestos related disease and disability.

Arthur McIvor (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalQuality of life and safety, Public understanding, information and debate, Culture and creativity


Health History and the Curriculum for Excellence

James Mills (Participant), Emma Newlands (Participant), Arthur McIvor (Participant), Matthew Smith (Participant), Angela Turner (Participant), Patricia Barton (Participant), Ryan Johnson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Education