Iain Riddell

Iain Riddell
Iain Riddell


Doctoral Student

Contact Details:

Email: ier3@le.ac.uk


Prof. Steven King, Centre for Medical Humanities

Additional Roles:

  • Trustee of a community charity in Gloucester: Together in Matson
  • Adult Survivor’s Member of Childhood Eye Cancer Trust: Scientific Advisory Committee

Brief Biography:

I have previously worked in inner urban local community and faith-based projects, specialising in marginalised communities.These projects have been focused upon supporting and building leadership, developing small-scale responsive attempts to secure social change from the grass roots and encouraging thinking around large social themes of marginalisation, power and authority.

Research Interests:

My PGR commencing Nov 2014 is focused upon building an understanding of the application of kinship as a tool to explore UK socio-political and economic history post 1800.
My main thesis has coalesced around ‘Trends in 19th Century UK kinship networks evidenced from rural Aberdeenshire.’
From within this broad topic I have an article under peer-review regarding cross Atlantic elite women and kinship taking  a matrifocal based approach to pioneer women in the upper echelons of elite organisations in the mid-Twentieth century.
I am also working on the consequences of understanding kinship as a social dynamic upon the history of the protestant churches of Britain.
Finally the themes of kinship are also explorable through the experiences of emerging micro-communities such as survivors of rare cancers and other genetic conditions.


Other Activities:

Aside from my PhD I continue to my community based projects focused on how disabled people can be self-organised to be heard by governmental systems and marginalised working class residential communities can build micro-economic opportunities. I am finding that the ideas about communities in two different time periods cross-reference each other in terms of leadership and social power dynamics.

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