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Dr. Andrew Perchard

Senior Research Fellow & PGR Director

My Research Vision

My chief interests lie in the historical investigation of the intersections between business, politics and society and in the geopolitics of natural resources, as well as post-war British regional and industrial policy and deindustrialisation and organisations. This is reflected both in my own research projects and in the cluster of postgraduate research students that I work with: Kristin Stanwick Bårnås, Euan Beveridge, Alessandro Stuart Di Bona, Malte Busch, and Tim Jefferis. In 2012, I founded the History and Strategic Raw Materials Initiative, in conjunction with long-term collaborators, Dr. Mats Ingulstad and Dr. Espen Storli of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim)  with the express intention of using historical perspective and methods to inform live debates about the geopolitics of minerals and metals. With Professor Keith Gildart (University of Wolverhampton), I am engaged in writing a revised history of nationalised British coal, and on global experiences of deindustrialisation and its aftermath with Professor Steven High and Lachlan MacKinnon (Concordia University, Montréal). I have been collaborating with Professor Roy M. MacLeod (University of Sydney) and Professor Jeremy Mouat (University of Alberta) on research into British networks and schemes to control imperial minerals reserves. I have also been working closely with Professor Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School), Dr. Giovanni Favero (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice), and Dr. Niall MacKenzie (Strathclyde Business School) on the application of history within business and management schools.


Born in Glasgow in 1971, after studying politics and economics, Andrew Perchard read for his MPhil and PhD in history at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and an editor of History Workshop Journal. Prior to joining the Centre for Business in Society, Andrew held academic posts at the University of Strathclyde Business School and UHI’s Centre for History. Before pursuing an academic career, Andrew was Head of Energy Supply Policy within the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government), as well as having worked for private sector companies such as Whitbread PLC and EMI Records. He is an external examiner at the Stirling and York Management Schools. In both 2013 and 2015, he held the Betty Sams Christian Fellowship in Business History, and was the recipient of the Economic History Society’s Carnevali Grant over 2015-16. He is the author of two well-received monographs, The Mine Management Professions in the Twentieth Century Scottish Coal Mining Industry (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and Aluminiumville: Government, Global Business and the Scottish Highlands (Carnegie, 2012), and editor (with Ingulstad and Storli) of Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the “Devil’s Metal” (Routledge, 2014) and (with Steven High and Lachlan MacKinnon) of Deindustrialization and Its Aftermath (University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming). 



  • Empires in Metals projectThis project explores business-government relations and corporate political activity under “Anglo-Saxon” capitalism in the metals sector.  This has been funded by grants from the Carnegie Trust, the Centre for Business History in Scotland, the Institut pour l’histoire de l’aluminium, and Betty Sams Christian-Mellon Fellowships in Business History. 
  • A self-contained British Empire in Metals’:  This project explores the formation of British imperial schemes after WWI to establish networks and mechanisms for controlling the mineral reserves of the British empire.  It is funded by an Economic History Society Francesca Carnevali grant.

Supervised PhD Students

Alessandro Di Bona

'Business-government relations in the European aerospace industry'

Malte Busch

'An Analysis of the Influence of Institutions on CSR Approaches: A Transnational Comparison of MNCs in the Automotive Industry'

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Senior Research Fellow & PGR Director

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