Mr Nicky Stubbs


I studied English at the University of Lincoln before working firstly as a journalist, then as a researcher for a trade union and as a parliamentary assistant to a shadow cabinet minister. 

After winning an ESRC 1+3 scholarship, I studied for an MRes and PhD at the University of Bath on the Global Political Economy: Policy Analysis and Transformation pathway.

Outside of academia, I have a background in trade union and political research and communications, having conducted research on behalf of the National Union of Mineworkers and the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. I have also worked as a parliamentary assistant and as a speechwriter for a regional metro mayor. I also sit as a member of the board of trustees of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting the residents of former coalfield communities. 

Research interests

My research straddles economic history, political geography, labour and community studies and sociology, with a particular focus on de-industrialised, coalfield communities in northern England. 

I am interested in the various ways in which the social and cultural legacies of industrial closure continue to permeate community life, but also how the transition from well-paid and relatively secure employment in heavy industry to more casualised forms of work in the service sector shape the experience of work and political attitudes. 


  • BA (Hons), English - University of Lincoln (2010)
  • MRes Global Political Economy: Policy Analysis and Transformation - University of Bath (2015)