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Dr Stuart Aveyard

Aveyard_StuartTeaching Fellow in Irish & British History since 1700


Address Department of History
King's College London
S8.34, Strand
London WC2R 2LS


Dr Aveyard studied history at the University of York and Queen’s University Belfast before holding posts at QUB as a research fellow and lecturer in modern British history. He then held an Irish Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin before coming to KCL in September 2016.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • The Northern Ireland conflict
  • Memory and conflict
  • Twentieth century British history
  • The British Labour party

Dr Aveyard’s main research interests concern the Northern Ireland conflict, particularly the British context. His first book, No Solution: the Labour government and the Northern Ireland conflict 1974-79, analyses constitutional, security and economic policies and debates between civil servants, senior military officers, policemen and politicians in Great Britain and both parts of Ireland. It explains why acceptable political institutions could not be firmly established in the first decade of the conflict and why current political structures have endured.

He is currently engaged in two projects; the co-authoring of a monograph for Oxford University Press entitled The politics of consumer credit in modern Britain and a series of articles covering aspects of memory and political culture in Northern Ireland.
Selected publications

No Solution: the Labour government and the Northern Ireland conflict 1974-79 (Manchester University Press, 2016)

‘Labour and police primacy in Northern Ireland’ in Laurence Marley (ed.), The British Labour Party and 20th Century Ireland: the cause of Ireland, the cause of Labour (Manchester University Press, 2015)

‘“We couldn’t do a Prague”: British government responses to loyalist strikes in Northern Ireland 1974-77’, Irish Historical Studies, vol. 39, no. 153 (2014)

‘The “English Disease” is to look for a “Solution of the Irish Problem”’: British constitutional policy in Northern Ireland after Sunningdale 1974-76’, Contemporary British History, vol. 26, no. 4 (2012)


Dr Aveyard teaches modern British and Irish history with particular attention to contemporary topics.

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Aveyard has conducted a range of engagement work in connection with the Northern Ireland conflict including discussions with British army officers at the Northern Ireland headquarters in Lisburn, with Irish Navy recruits in the Republic of Ireland and with youths from disadvantaged areas in West Belfast.












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