Steven Daniels

Postgraduate Research Student


Steven Daniels is a PhD candidate and tutor in the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool, currently researching the decline of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the later Thatcher years. Steven received his MA in Twentieth Century History from the University of Liverpool, and his BA Hons in History and Politics from Liverpool John Moores University. He has also studied at King’s College London, IMT Lucca, and The Hague University.

Steven’s research into the breakaway Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) has been featured in the Independent; and his findings on the Battle of Orgreave have been featured in the Conversation. Steven’s wider research activities have been reported on in the Times, the Daily Mail, the Liverpool Echo, and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Steven was the winner of the 2018 British Journal of Industrial Relations Best PhD Paper Award, for his paper “Conservative Governments and the Union of Democratic Mineworkers, c.1985-1992”

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"The Thatcher Government and the Decline of the National Union of Mineworkers, c.1985-1990"

Steven’s PhD project will show, using new and underused archival material that following the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike, the Thatcher Government (along with the taxpayer-owned National Coal Board, and the breakaway Union of Democratic Mineworkers) deliberately sought to further weaken and undermine the NUM as a viable force, as a warning to the wider trade union movement.

Steven’s is interested in all aspects of the Thatcher and Major governments, as well as wider British and US post-war history and politics.

Research Centre Memberships

Steven is a member of the following organisations:

  • Political Studies Association
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association
  • Social History Society
  • Northern Mine Research Society