The Labour and Society Research Group helps postgraduates at any level to meet people with similar research interests, and gives PGRs the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events around the group’s research themes. A significant cluster of PhD candidates play an active role in steering the group, organising and contributing to events. Below you can find information on applying to Newcastle, hear from existing postgraduate members of LSRG, and read the profiles of current PhD students supervised by members of the research group.

Applying for Postgraduate Studies

If you are thinking of applying for a research Masters or PhD, it’s good to get in contact with potential supervisors and discuss your ideas with them. You can read more about the application process from p.46 of our postgraduate prospectus (UK/EU, International Students).

Students looking for PhD funding may consider applying to the Northern Bridge (AHRC). The Labour and Society Research group have strong research ties with colleagues at our Northern Bridge partner institution, Queens University Belfast, which have led to successful Northern Bridge applications and joint supervisions. If you are looking into funding options, you may also want to consider other Doctoral Training Partnership schemes such as NINE, the local strand of the ESRC. For more funding options, visit 

Postgraduates experiences in LSRG

Jack Hepworth recently completed his PhD on Irish republicanism 1968-1998. He talked to us about his time with the LSRG.

Jemima Short is in her final year of a PhD on the labour of nursing nuns in 19th-century France. She shared her experiences of working with the LSRG.

If you are a current or potential postgraduate and are interested in finding out more about the LSRG, you can contact Matt Perry ( or Sarah Campbell (, and why not come along to one of our events?

Current Postgraduates

Katherine Waugh is a PhD student supervised by Matt Perry, thesis title: ‘The Industrial Past in the Deindustrialised Present: a Cross-Generational Oral History of County Durham Mining Towns.’

Gorka Extebarria Dueñas is a PhD student supervised by Alejandro Quiroga, thesis title: ‘Herri Batasuna en las ciudades (1977-1983).’

Rob Granger
is a PhD student supervised by Alejandro Quiroga, thesis title: ‘Ruling by Consent: Everyday Life Under Franco, 1966-1975.’


Erin McComber is a PhD student supervised by Alejandro Quiroga, thesis title: ‘Beyond racial binaries: Contemporary Literature of Afro-descendants in Portugal and Spain.’

Alberto Murro 
is a PhD student supervised by Robert Dale, thesis title: ‘The Collaboration between the Political Police of Fascist Italy and the Third Reich.’

Ben Partridge 
is a Northern Bridge (AHRC)-funded PhD Student in History, studying the photography of strike movements in France. His thesis examines the significance of the photographic records of the general strikes of 1936 and 1968 and their role in the subsequent commemoration of the movements. Recent publications

Joe Redmayne 
is a Northern Bridge (AHRC)-funded PhD student working on Global Labour History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University, supervised by Matt Perry. His research situates County Durham during the year 1919 transnationally, exploring the global implications of Empire on British society through regional working-class consciousness.

Joe Ross 
is a PhD student supervised by Bruce Baker. He works on the relationship between the Taiping Rebellion in China and the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

Jemima Short 
is a Northern Bridge (AHRC)-funded PhD Student in Modern Languages, studying the care work of nursing nuns in nineteenth-century France, co-supervised by Máire Cross. Exploring gendered Catholic labour, her thesis examines how power and identity shape the way this work is performed and historicised.

Megan Trudell
is a PhD student supervised by Matt Perry, thesis title: ‘The Italian occupation of Fiume, 1919.’

Former Postgraduates

Dr Jack Hepworth thesis title: ‘The Heterogeneity and Evolution of Irish Republicanism, c.1969-1994.’ Completed his Phd at Newcastle October 2019 under the supervision of Matt Perry and Sarah Campbell.