My thesis explores the different ways that actors within the British Labour Party and the wider Left, including politicians, journalists, intellectuals and activists, conceptualised and deployed ideas of 'community' - in particular, to criticise statist social democracy - in the last third of the twentieth century. This spans the differing ideological perspectives informing grassroots 'community action' after 1968; the turn of Labour's revisionist right towards 'community socialism', and the role of 'community' in the ideological development of the SDP; the varied politics of 1980s municipal socialism; this period's resurgence of the 'socialist travelogue', offering journalistic accounts of the decline of solidaristic working-class communities; and New Labour's engagement with 'communitarianism'.
Alongside my DPhil research, I am an adviser to a member of the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet and a Contributing Editor for Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy.
'Social democracy, the decline of community and community politics in postwar Britain', in Nathan Yeowell (ed.), Rethinking Labour's Past, (London: Bloomsbury, 2022).
‘Beyond the chaos’, Renewal, 30/2, 2022 (with Emily Robinson).
'Looking for a fight', Renewal, 28/3, 2020.
'Ideas of England', Renewal, 28/1, 2020.
'Rebuilding our institutions: social security for the future', Renewal, 26/3, 2018 (with Rachel Reeves MP).
'Orwell and Priestley Revisited: Narrating the Crisis of Working-Class Community in 1980s Britain', Political Studies Association Politics & History Specialist Group conference, 'Your street to Downing Street', October 2020; and at North American Conference of British Studies, November 2020.
'"What Remains of What We Still Call, Sentimentally, our Communities": Narrating the Crisis of Working-Class Community in 1980s Britain', University of Oxford Modern British History seminar, February 2021.
'Imagining the Radical Intelligentsia in Late Twentieth Century Britain', PSA Conference 2021; and UCL Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, June 2022.