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Michael Kandiah obtained a BA (Hons.) in Economics and History from the University of Victoria, Canada. Subsequently, from the University of Exeter he was awarded a PhD in History, which focused on Lord Woolton’s Chairmanship of the Conservative Party, 1946-55.

Currently he is Director of the ICBH Witness Seminar Programme, which seeks to capture oral testimony of British politicians, diplomats, civil servants and other key individuals involved in significant events in recent British history. He teaches on the MA in Contemporary British History and has previously taught at the University of Bristol, University College London, Queen Mary, University of London, the Institute of Historical Research and the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

Dr Kandiah is on the editorial team of British Scholar, an academic journal published by Edinburgh University Press, which focuses on Britain’s relations with the wider world. He is a convenor of the International History Seminar, based at the Institute of Historical Research, and an Associate of the Cold War Studies Programme, which is based at LSE. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Romance and Germanic Studies (IGRS) and a member of the IGRS’s Academic Board. He is a member of the steering group of the Human Rights Consortium, which facilitates and promotes the study of human rights in the UK and internationally. He is also a founder member of Britain At Work, which seeks to promote the research, collection and preservation of oral histories of trades unionists and industrial workers. Until March 2010 he was a member and occasional chair of the steering committee of the Rhodesian Forces Oral History Project, which was funded by the AHRC and based at the University of the West of England.

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