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Dr Amy Edwards

BA(Birm.), MA(Birm.), PhD

  • BS8 1TB


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Office: Room G.10, 71 Cotham Hill


Twitter: @aedwards_hist

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Research Interests:

I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth and twenty-first century Britain. My research focuses on cultures of capitalism, investment, and enterprise, their interactions with civil society and the political economy, and their impact on every day life. I am especially interested in interrogating the blurred boundaries between economic, political, social, and cultural life in contemporary societies.

My forthcoming book explores investment cultures in late-twentieth century Britain. I utilise the concept of 'financial consumerism' to trace the intersection between post-war consumer society and the growth of the financial services sector. This research explores a history of financial reform in Britain which pushes beyond a framework dominated by Thatcherism and the Conservative Party. It asks how and why daily life in Britain became full of images of, and references to, the world of stocks and shares? I am particulalrly interested in those institutions, organisations, and actors external to Whitehall that contributed to the development of a mass investment culture in the closing decades of the twentieth-century. 

For my new project I explore the history of enterprise culture in Britain. This involves a study of 'enterprise' and 'entrepreneurs' in culture, politics, industry, and education. The first stages of this project trace the history of Britain's small business owners, self-employed, and business franchises, looking at how they both reflected and shaped understandings of ownership and enterprise in twentieth-century Britain. I am also interested in the history of enterprise education, Corporate Social Responsibility and social enterprises.



I teach at all levels of our undergraduate degree, from our first and second year units 'Approaching the Past', 'Rethinking History', and 'History in Public', to the supervision of dissertations. My past and current teaching has included social activism in post-war Britain, humanitarianism and humanitarian non-governmental organisations, Britain's Cold War, British culture in the 1980s and 1990s, Thatcherism, and enterprise culture in contemporary Britain and America.

Examples of previously supervised dissertation, MPhil, and PhD topics:

  • Charitible giving in post war Britain
  • Maculinities in British punk
  • Thatcherism, entrepreneurialism and rave culture
  • Fashion and the gendering of Margaret Thatcher
  • The role of the media in the 1975 European referendum
  • The NEDC and Conservative Party industrial planning
  • Housing policy, the 'Right to Buy', and local politics in Sheffield
  • Entrepreneurialism, masculinity and race in 1980s Britain
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in the oil industry
  • The Ideal Home Exhibition and cultures of consumption in 1950s Britain
  • Political identity in Hong Kong
  • Deindustrialisation and meanings of self, place and belonging.

I am open to being contacted with regards to potential PhD projects in related areas.




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Research Output

  • 2 Article (Academic Journal)

‘Financial Consumerism’: citizenship, consumerism and capital ownership in the 1980s

Edwards, A., Apr 2017, In : Contemporary British History. 31, 2, p. 210-229 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    ‘Manufacturing Capitalists’: The Wider Share Ownership Council and the Problem of ‘Popular Capitalism’, 1958–92

    Edwards, A., Sep 2016, In : Twentieth Century British History. 27, 1, p. 100-123 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 344 Downloads (Pure)


    Michael O'Rourke Best Publication Award

    Edwards, Amy (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    • 11 Participation in conference
    • 8 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Histories of Modern Britain

    Amy Edwards (Organiser)

    25 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Britain and the Wider World

    Amy Edwards (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Contemporary British History Now

    Amy Edwards (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Supervised Work

    ‘I’m a professional businessman not a professional Pakistani’: Media Representation of South Asian Businessmen in Thatcherite Britain, 1979-1990.

    Author: Awad, W., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Hanna, E. (Supervisor), Edwards, A. (Supervisor) & Pemberton, H. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)