Dr Marc Collinson

Honorary Research Associate, Tutor, Casual General Assistant


Marc's research and teaching crosses the disciplinary barriers between History and Politics. His postgraduate research, supervised by Dr Peter Shapely and Prof. Andrew Edwards, focused on post-war Labour party politics, ideas and policymaking, and their interaction with economic, social, and cultural change. He is also interested in political leadership, perceptions of public policy, and the importance of agency, the purchase of ideas, and myth in electoral politics. 


Building on PhD research that examined Labour party policymaking and post-war commonwealth immigration, Marc's research interests centre on two main themes:

The first focuses on understanding the role of political parties within the policymaking process within their historical contexts. This examines how the policymaking process developed within political parties, the relationship between parties and government through the agency of party leaders, ministers, and policy networks, and the role of ideas and their champions within a dissaggregated party structure. His PhD examined this process with regard to post war Commonwealth Immigration. Two entries published in Volume XV of the Dictionary of Labour Biography (one considering the postwar Labour organiser Sara Barker, the second [with Prof. Keith Gildart] examining the multifaceted George Rogers, MP for Kensington North) examine the significance of seemingly peripheral figures within party policymaking. Further development of this work is in the early stages.  

The second examines the role of policymaking as a process of how political actors and their supporting institutions, constructed and articulated political appeals and how, through a process that Peter Clarke and Duncan Tanner have termed the 'purchase of ideas', they appealed to the interests and values of voters. The major output from this project will be a monograph (in preparation) re-examining the 1964 election contest at Smethwick within its various global, national, regional, and local contexts, reinterpreting the wider electoral context of the poll as a political history study. Alongside this, an article published with Contemporary British History in January 2020 demonstrated how this aides better understand of both the strategy and agenda of the National Front in post-war northern England.


Teaching and Supervision

Post-doctoral teaching experience

Academic year 2019-20

Marc developed, convened, and taught on a number of modules. This included:

At Undergraduate level

  • HPS-1006: 'Essential Skills for Academic Success' [Co-convenor; Lecturer]
  • HPS-1002: 'Power, Freedom, and the State: who governs?' [Convenor; Lecturer]
  • HPS-1001: 'From Cradle to Grave' [Convenor; Lecturer]

At Postgraduate level

  • HPH-4005: 'Themes and Issues in History' [Contributor]
  • HPS-4004: 'Research Skills' [Contributor]


Academic year 2018-19

Marc developed and taught on a number of modules. He:

  • HCH-1050: 'Past Unwrapped' [Convenor; Lecturer]
  • HWH-2133/3133: 'Global Wales' [Seminar convenor]
  • HCH-2050: 'Debating History' [Contributor; Seminar convenor]
  • HXH-1012: 'Modern Politics in Action' [Seminar convenor]

Postgraduate teaching experience

For four years during his PhD, Marc was a Postgraduate Tutor within the then School of History and Archaeology teaching on a series of undergraduate modules. 

Education / academic qualifications

Research outputs (17)

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Prof. activities and awards (2)

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