Experts List

The following list is of researchers funded by the AHRC with expertise in the First World War and its commemoration who are happy to speak to journalists and broadcasters about their research. It includes their research specialisms and contact details. The list will be updated throughout the period of the commemoration.

Please use the filter on the right hand side if you would like to narrow your search to particular aspects of World War One

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Name and University AHRC Award Area of Expertise Contact Details

Professor Maggie Andrews

 

University of Worcester

World War One at Home (West Midlands)

 

WW1 Engagement Centre – Voices of War and Peace

  • Rural life and agriculture
  • Women, the family, home life and domesticity
  • Women's organisations including the WI
  • Popular culture: film, music hall and pubs
  • Remembrance and Popular Representations of the First World War
maggie.andrews@worc.ac.uk
 

01905 542426


 

Professor Ian Beckett

 

University of Kent

World War One at Home (South)

  • The British Army and the Conduct of War, 1914-1918
  • Britain: The Nation in Arms (Recruitment/Conscription)
  • Britain: Citizen Soldiers (Morale/Discipline)
  • Home Front Britain, 1914-18
i.beckett@kent.ac.uk
 

01227 824434


 

Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson

 

Liverpool John Moores University

World War One at Home (North West)

  • The north-west of England during the First World War
  • Wales during the First World War
  • Alcohol and pubs during the war
  • Music hall during the war
  • Opposition to the war and discontent during the war
  • Short soldiers (Bantam regiments)
  • Sport during the war
m.benbough-jackson@ljmu.ac.uk
 

Dr Jonathan Black

 

Kingston University

World War One at Home (London)

  • Official British War Art, 1917-19
  • UK War Memorials
  • The British soldier in Italy, 1917-18
  • British Imperial Forces in the Middle East and the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1916-18
  • T.E. Lawrence
  • The War in the Air, 1914-18 - especially fighter aces
  • War on the Eastern Front, 1914-17
  • The British Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-21
jonathan.black@kingston.ac.uk
 

0208-417-5515

 

0742-632-7557


 

Dr Charles Booth

 

University of the West of England

World War One at Home (West and South-West)

  • War memorials, cemeteries and commemoration
  • Australian, New Zealand and Canadian service personnel, military units, etc.
  • Royal Navy Submarine Service
  • Care of the wounded
  • Bristol and the West
charles.booth@uwe.ac.uk
 

01173283456


 

Dr Timothy Bowman

 

University of Kent

World War One at Home (South East)

  • The British Army in the First World War
  • Ireland and the First World War
  • Paramilitarism in Ireland, c. 1912-1922
  • The British Army and Ireland since c. 1852
T.Bowman@kent.ac.uk
 

Professor Fran Brearton

 

Queen’s University Belfast

World War One at Home (Northern Ireland)

  • Ireland and First World War (Literature, Culture, History)
  • Literature of the First World War
  • The politics of commemoration in Britain and Ireland
  • Women and War
  • The legacy of the War in 20th-21st century literature and culture
f.brearton@qub.ac.uk
 

028 9097 3320

 

028 9097 3319


 

Dr Ana Carden-Coyne

 

University of Manchester

Research Grant: The Politics of Wounds in the First World War

  • Art and culture of the war in Britain, the Dominions/Empire and in Europe
  • Global reach of WW1 and its impact on other combatant nations
  • Chemical war and culture
  • Experiences of wounded and disabled soldiers
  • Frontline evacuation, casualty medicine, surgery
  • Hospital life and rehabilitation
  • Social and cultural consequences of WW1 in Britain and the Empire
  • War memorials and commemoration - and grief and mourning in the community and home
  • Impact of war on gender roles and masculinity
  • Love, intimacy and the impact on the family
  • Women, children and the Home front
a.cc@manchester.ac.uk
 

+44 161 2753094


 

Professor Jane Chapman

 

University of Lincoln, Wolfson College Cambridge, Macquarie University Sydney

World War One at Home (East Region)

 

AHRC/BBC national coordinator & consultant ‘World War at Home

 

Research Grant: Comics and the World Wars - a cultural record, 2011 - 2015

  • Popular culture
  • Comparisons with World War 2
  • Newspapers and cartoons
  • Soldiers' trench culture
  • Dominion troops' culture
  • Women
  • Suffrage
  • Total war and cultural change
  • Censorship
  • The Labour movement
  • French history
jachapman@lincoln.ac.uk
 

07899955585

 

01522 886963 (PA - Katie Dorr)


 

Dr Marie Coleman

 

Queen’s University Belfast

World War One at Home (Northern Ireland)

  • Irish history 1910-1923
  • Politics and society after Irish independence
  • Irish women's history in C19/20th
m.coleman@qub.ac.uk
 

028 9097 3662


 

Professor Mark Connelly

 

University of Kent

World War One at Home (South East)

Gateways to the First World War Engagement Centre

AHRC/BBC workshop on First World War (Feb 2011)

  • Military and cultural history
  • Commemoration, memory and ritual
  • The British Army 1902 - 1918
M.L.Connelly@kent.ac.uk
 

01227 823424


 

Dr Katherine Cooper

 

Newcastle University

AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award, Affective Archives: History, Memory and World War One

  • Literature - especially women's writing
  • Local and National Identities during FWW
  • North-East England
  • Memory and popular representation
  • Women and gender
  • Europe and British relations to the European and to ideas of Europe during and after the war
katherine.cooper@ncl.ac.uk
 

0191 2088321


 

Dr Santanu Das

 

King's College London

AHRC/BBC workshop; Humanities in European Research Area (HERA)

  • Literature of the First World War
  • Cultural history 1914-18
  • Colonial experience, particularly India, and the First World War
  • Cultural encounters during the First World War
  • Remembrance, Representations and Archives
santanu.das@kcl.ac.uk
 

Professor Owen Davies

 

University of Hertfordshire

WW1 Engagement Centre – Everyday Lives in War

  • The spiritualist movement
  • The role of fortune-tellers
  • The resort to charms and magical protection
o.davies@herts.ac.uk
 

01707 285705


 

Mr Roger Deeks

 

University of Birmingham (PhD student)

World War One at Home (South West)

  • Social class and the British Army 1900-1920
  • Commissions from the ranks of the British Army 1900-1920
  • Senior NCOs, Warrant Officers and Honorary Officers in the First World War
  • The literature and social world of officer prisoners of war
  • Gloucestershire home front in the First World War
  • Munitions
RED592@bham.ac.uk
 

07708858274


 

Dr Rachel Duffett

 

University of Essex

WW1 Engagement Centre – Everyday Lives in War

  • Combat motivation and soldier attitudes to war and the army
  • Food - shortages, waste, hoarding, queuing and protest the invention of rationing and the lack of widespread food riots
  • Morale (civilian as well as military)
  • Soldiers' experience of war
  • Home front and fighting front links
  • Children and War
rduffe@essex.ac.uk
 

01206 874377


 

Dr Nicholas J. Evans

 

Keele University

World War One at Home (West Midlands)

  • The Home Front
  • Food - shortages, waste, hoarding, queuing and protest the invention of rationing and the lack of widespread food riots
  • The Housewife, domestic experiences of WW1 in Britain including neighbourhood activism
  • Organised women and the war, socialist and suffragist women, the war for women in Britain and internationally
n.j.evans@hull.ac.uk
 

01482 305187


 

Dr Martin Farr

 

University of Newcastle

World War One at Home (North East)

  • Politics/politicians
  • Press
  • Propaganda
  • Commemoration (e.g. centenary, schools)
  • Britain: The Nation in Arms (Recruitment/Conscription)
  • Strategy
martin.farr@newcastle.ac.uk
 

0191 222 5077


 

Professor Alison Fell

 

University of Leeds

Discovering First World War Heritage; Leeds Stories of the Great War; Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18; Gateways to the First World War

  • Yorkshire and the First World War
  • Women and War
  • French culture and the First World War
a.s.fell@leeds.ac.uk
 

0113 343 8879


 

Dr Stacy Gillis

 

Newcastle University

WW1 Engagement Centre – Living Legacies 1914-1918

  • Women's writing
  • Popular Fiction
  • Detective fiction
  • Children and the War
stacy.gillis@ncl.ac.uk
 

Professor Graeme Gooday

 

University of Leeds

Innovating in Combat: Telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War

  • History of Science and technology
  • War and medicine
  • Yorkshire and the First World War
  • Military and civilian telecommunications
  • Patterns of patenting
  • Secrecy and invention
  • Hearing loss injuries and their treatment
  • Scientific and technological research during and after the Great war
  • Wartime activities of University of Leeds staff and students
g.j.n.gooday@leeds.ac.uk
 

0113 343 3274


 

Professor Richard Grayson

 

Goldsmiths, University of London

AHRC/BBC workshop on the First World War - February 2012

  • Ireland and the First World War
  • Military and cultural history
  • Archival resources on the First World War
  • The British Military
r.grayson@gold.ac.uk

@ProfRGrayson
 

Professor Karen Hunt

 

Keele University

World War One at Home (West Midlands)

  • Organised women and the war, socialist and suffragist women, the war for women in Britain and internationally
  • The Housewife, domestic experiences of WW1 in Britain including neighbourhood activism
k.hunt@keele.ac.uk
 

Dr Chris Kempshall

 

University of Sussex

AHRC/BBC workshop on First World War (Feb 2012)

  • Franco-British Soldierly Relations 1914-1918
  • Allied relations
  • French military 1914 - 1918
  • East Sussex in the First World War
  • Computer Game Representations of the First World War
  • Archival resources on the First World War
  • British military 1914 - 1918
c.kempshall@sussex.ac.uk
 

Professor Tim Kendall

 

University of Exeter

AHRC/BBC Workshop on First World War (Feb 2011)

BBC documentary on Ivor Gurney

  • Poetry and prose of the First World War
T.Kendall@exeter.ac.uk
 

Dr William Kenefick

 

University of Dundee

World War One at Home (Scotland)

  • War resisters and the Scottish anti-war movement
  • Conscientious Objectors 1916-1919
  • Press and public propaganda
  • Red Clyde, the growth of radical politics and the impact if the Russian Revolution in Scotland 1914-1918 and 1918-1922
  • Scottish economy, industry and agriculture and the role of women
  • Impact of war on the Scottish Landed Estates: Case Study of the Atholl Estate in Perthshire
w.kenefick@dundee.ac.uk
 

Dr Matt Leonard

 

University of Bristol  

 
  • Modern conflict archaeology and anthropology
  • The subterranean landscapes of the Western Front with a focus on life below ground
  • First World War Tunnelling
  • Subterranean graffiti and carvings
  • Conflict Culture of the First World War
matt@modernconflictarchaeology.com

mgpleonard@aol.com
 

07545 151335


 

Dr Nick Mansfield

 

University of Central Lancashire

CDA PhD studentship with the People’s History Museum in Manchester: Patriotic labour in the era of the Great War

  • Labour history of early 20th century farmworkers
  • Patriotic labour in the Great War and post 1918 political allegiances
  • Working class conservatism
  • Radical ex-servicemen
  • Rural war memorials
  • Material culture and museums
NMansfield1@uclan.ac.uk
 

Dr Nicholas Martin

 

University of Birmingham

WW1 Engagement Centre – Voices of War and Peace

  • German culture in WW1
  • German memory and memorialisation of WW1
  • German novels, memoirs, etc. of WW1
n.c.martin@bham.ac.uk
 

0121 414 6176


 

Dr Lester Mason

 

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

World War One at Home (Wales)

  • Commemoration, monuments and memorial building in Wales and beyond
  • The fallen of Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire
  • Western Front including battles with distinct Welsh connection e.g. Mametz Wood, or the Third Battle of Ypres
  • Impact of the War in west Wales, particularly in Pembrokeshire, including attitudes towards the war,reports from the front including Gallipoli and the Middle East and impact upon landed interests
l.mason@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk
 

Dr Gethin Matthews

 

Swansea University

World War One at Home (Wales)

  • Impact of the War on Wales, Welsh society and culture
  • Welsh press and media
  • Problems associated with veterans interviews decades after WW1, and in particular the stories recounted for television programmes
G.H.Matthews@swansea.ac.uk
 

Dr Andrew Maunder

 

University of Hertfordshire

WW1 Engagement Centre – Everyday Lives in War

  • Literature of the First World War
  • Poetry and prose of the First World War
  • Theatre and drama, including experiences of theatre-going
  • Remembrance and cultural representations 1918 – present
  • Staging First World War plays for contemporary audiences
a.c.maunder@herts.ac.uk
 

01707 285641


 

Dr Helen McCartney

 

King’s College London

World War One at Home (South)

  • Soldiers' experience of war
  • Combat motivation and soldier attitudes to war and the army
  • Recruitment to the British army 1914 - 15
  • Home front and fighting front links
  • Image of the British soldier
  • Myths of the First World War
helen.b.mccartney@kcl.ac.uk
 

Professor Alistair McCleery

 

Edinburgh Napier University

World War One at Home (Scotland)

  • The War Poets
  • Cultural history 1914-18
  • The cultural consequences of WW1
  • WW1 and Modernism
A.McCleery@napier.ac.uk
 

Professor Frank McDonough

 

Liverpool John Moores University

World War One at Home (North West)

  • Origins of the First World War
  • The Conservative Party and Anglo-German Relations, 1905-1914
  • Merseyside at War, 1914-18
F.X.Mcdonough@ljmu.ac.uk
 

Dr Jessica Meyer

 

Leeds University

World War One at Home (Yorkshire)

 

Research Grant: Legacies of War

  • Masculinity and the war, particularly definitions of heroism
  • Disability, particularly shell shock and the role of the Ministry of Pensions
  • The medical history of the war, particularly the experiences of stretcher bearers and orderlies
  • The work of the Friends' Ambulance Unit and the British Red Cross
  • Popular culture and the war, particularly popular literature of the war and interwar years
  • Detective novels and the war
jessicameyer1@yahoo.co.uk
 

Ms Caroline Nielsen

 

University of Newcastle (PhD student)

World War One at Home (North East)

  • Disability history (disabled soldiers, pensions, disabled civilians)
  • History of medicine
  • North-east pit and mining communities
  • Archival resources on the First World War
caroline.nielsen@newcastle.ac.uk
 

Dr Gerard Oram

 

Swansea University

World War One at Home (Wales)

  • Morale (civilian as well as military)
  • Discipline, crime and policing
  • Cinema
G.C.Oram@swansea.ac.uk
 

Dr Derek Patrick

 

University of Dundee

World War One at Home (Scotland)

  • Scottish military history from Boer War to the Great War
  • History of the Black Watch Regiment
  • Scottish military honours and public pride in Scottish martial tradition
  • The trench experience on the Western front and reports back to the home front
  • Scots and Empire and colonial troops
  • 'Sons of the Manse': War and religion on the battle front and the home front
d.j.patrick@dundee.ac.uk
 

Dr Catriona Pennell

 

University of Exeter

The FWW in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory

  • Ireland and the First World War
  • Recruitment to the British army 1914 - 15
  • Home Front Britain, 1914-18
  • Memorialisation and commemoration
  • Press and public propaganda
  • Myths of the First World War
  • Invasion fears
  • First World War in education
C.L.Pennell@exeter.ac.uk
 

Professor William Philpott

 

King's College London

Research Leave Scheme - Three Armies on the Somme

  • Western Front
  • Battle of the Somme
  • Home Front organisation and mobilisation
  • Military Strategy and Operations
  • British Army and British Battles
  • French army and French battles
  • Military Command
william.philpott@kcl.ac.uk
 

0207 848 2112


 

Dr Jane Potter

 

Oxford Brookes University

AHRC/BBC workshop on First World War (Feb 2012)

  • Periodicals (especially women's magazines)
  • Poetry ('the War Poets', non-canonical poets, male and female)
  • Publishing and the Book Trade
  • Propaganda
  • Wilfred Owen
  • Jessie Pope
  • Women's writing
  • Medical memoirs and life-writing
  • Trauma/Shell-shock, particularly of medical personnel
  • Popular Fiction
j.potter@brookes.ac.uk
 

Dr James Renton

 

Edge Hill University, University College London

Early Career Research Fellowship, The Middle East: The Rise and Fall of an Idea

  • Middle East
  • Balfour Declaration
  • Sykes-Picot Agreement
  • Propaganda
  • Nationalism & self-determination
  • Empire
  • Anti-colonialism
  • League of Nations Mandate system
  • Islamophobia and antisemitism
rentonj@edgehill.ac.uk
 

07908535482


 

Dr Robb Robinson

 

University of Hull

World War One at Home (E. Yorks and Lincs)

  • The Littoral War, the impact of the war on the coastal communities of the British Isles and beyond and the contribution of people from ports and coastal villages to the war in coastal waters
  • The role of the Auxiliary Patrol at Sea during the Great War
  • Fish, Fishermen Fishing Vessels and the Great War at Sea
  • Eastern Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Great War
R.N.Robinson@hull.ac.uk
 

07799566652


 

Dr Ingrid Sharp

 

University of Leeds

Research Networking: Women's Organisations and Female Activists in the Aftermath of War: International Perspectives 1918-1923

  • Women's organisations and activism
  • Anti-militarism and pacifism
I.E.Sharp@leeds.ac.uk
 

0113 343 3508

 

0113 343 3509


 

Dr Kate Vigurs

 

University of Leeds

World War One at Home (Yorkshire)

  • Women's roles including war work and Women's peace movement
  • The use of horses and associated roles including Women's remount section and training of horses for use at the front
  • Home-front and civilian experience in the North
  • Bombardment of the East coast in 1914
  • Women and sport during the First World War
  • Women in intelligence and espionage
  • Memorialisation and commemoration
  • Post war presentations in culture, poetry and art
kate@katevigurs.com