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Dr Stuart Aveyard

Senior Lecturer in British and Irish History and Politics

Dr Stuart C. Aveyard is Senior Lecturer in British and Irish History and Politics in the Department of History and Politics.

Stuart completed his undergraduate degree in history at the University of York (2007) before completing a master’s degree and doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast (2008, 2012).

He was a research fellow and lecturer in modern British history at Queen’s University Belfast before holding an Irish Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin and a teaching fellowship at King’s College London. Stuart joined Chichester in August 2017.



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

Articles/chapters in edited collections

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

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

‘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)

‘Sunningdale and the limits of “rejectionist” unionism’ in Cillian McGrattan and David McCann (eds), Sunningdale, the Ulster Workers’ Council Strike and the Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland (with Dr Shaun McDaid, Manchester University Press, 2017)


Stuart is a political historian of Northern Ireland and writes mainly about the conflict often euphemistically called ‘The Troubles’. His first book, No Solution: the Labour government and the Northern Ireland conflict 1974-79 (Manchester University Press, 2016), analysed 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 explained why acceptable political institutions could not be firmly established in the first decade of the conflict.

As a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘The Politics of Consumer Credit in the United Kingdom, 1938-92’, he explored how the UK came to have the most diverse consumer credit market in Europe (with Professor Sean O’Connell and Dr Paul Corthorn [QUB]). A co-authored book will depict how the philosophies of major political parties contributed to the economic and social impact of the growing use of credit in British society. It is due for publication with Oxford University Press in 2018.

He is currently working on a series of articles covering aspects of memory and political culture in Northern Ireland. These include the impact of memories of decolonisation, the appropriation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Northern Irish political discourse and contemporary comparisons with South Africa.

PHD Supervision

Dr Aveyard is interested in supervising postgraduate students in British and Irish politics/contemporary history.