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Research interests

I am a historian of politics, industry and technology in Britain and the wider world. I am particularly interested in the socio-economic impact of these areas, and in the competing interests that existed within industry and science; interests such as the academy, business, government and workers themselves. 

My current research project explores the impact of the Concorde supersonic aircraft on Bristol, as well as its wider impression in Britain and internationally. I am interested in how Concorde represented Britain’s political, scientific and technological aspirations despite its contested commercial viability and social-economic value. This research will involve collaborations with local archives and museums in addition to interviews with workers and their families who were involved in one of the largest technological projects of the twentieth century.

My first book, The British Left and the Defence Economy, 1970-83, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press. This book explores a disarmament movement that aimed to cut defence expenditure and divert spending to ‘socially useful’ production in healthcare and public infrastructure. The failure of the movement at the hands of business, government and the trade unions revealed the extent to which defence was valued by the political elite, not just in the context of the Cold War but for its impact on employment and the economy.

I have published articles in Contemporary British History, as well as in media outlets such as The ConversationHuffington Post and the Western Morning News

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Research Output

  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Article (Academic Journal)

The British Left and the Defence Economy, 1970-83

McLoughlin, K., 1 Jun 2020, (In preparation) Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Socially useful production in the defence industry: the Lucas Aerospace combine committee and the Labour government, 1974–1979

McLoughlin, K., 16 Nov 2017, In : Contemporary British History. 31, 4, p. 524-545 Volume 31, 2017 - Issue 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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