Matt Beebee



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am a third-year doctoral candidate in Modern British History at the University of Exeter, funded by the AHRC and supervised by Jon Lawrence. My current PhD project is examining the impact of deindustrialisation on meanings of self, place and belonging since the 1960s.

I previously completed an MPhil in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge in 2018, with a dissertation exploring how the language of class and community was mobilised during the closure of the steelworks in the town of Bilston in the English Midlands between 1975-1984. An article based on this research won the Labour History Review's 2019 Essay Prize and was subsequently published by LHR in December 2020.

I graduated with a first-class BA in Politics from the University of Durham in 2015. Between my BA and MPhil, I worked for two years as a political consultant in London.