Emily Gibbs

Postgraduate Research Student



Emily Gibbs has a 1st class History BA degree and an MA (distinction) in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool. Alongside her research, Emily is a Seminar Tutor for the History Department at the University of Liverpool.

Outside of her studies, Emily is currently writing for the Journal of Contemporary History and has presented at a number of conferences including the University of Liverpool Nuclear Workshop and the History of Emotions annual conference, as well as co-organising the annual NWCDTP Postgraduate Conference.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Uncovering, understanding, and disassembling British Nuclear Anxiety, 1952-1989 and beyond."

Local communities, and the individuals living within them, experienced the Cold War in their own distinctive way, informed by international, national, and local identities and relationships, forming unique local nuclear cultures and anxieties. This project seeks to explore the ways that urban communities experienced life in the British nuclear nation-state. By analysing, comparing and mapping the emotional and cultural histories of British nuclear anxiety, this project will build on comparative histories of everyday life in the Cold War era, and contribute to emerging scholarship on nuclear cities, history of emotions and the British nuclear experience. It shall achieve this using oral testimony and the local press in Liverpool, London, Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff, in the period 1952-1989. This project shall attempt to problematize the popular notion of ‘British nuclear anxiety’ by researching and analysing the different ways in which people responded to, experienced, created, and participated in British nuclear culture.

Emily's wider research interests include nuclear culture, the history of emotions, oral history, modern British history and Cold War history.

Research Group Membership

Oral History Society 
Royal Historical Society 

Research Funding

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)