Dr Stuart Aveyard
Teaching Fellow in Irish & British History since 1700
Address Department of History
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
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.
- 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.
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)
Expertise and public engagement
Dr Aveyard teaches modern British and Irish history with particular attention to contemporary topics.
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.