As Professor of Contemporary British History at the University of Bristol I’m an expert on the history of contemporary Britain. My particular focus is the history of UK politics from 1945 to the present in terms of the following: economic policy; pensions history; the history of UK public administration and government; and the history of the Labour party. As an historian my work is profoundly empirical, of course, but I also seek consciously both to strengthen that research by structuring it using political science theory (particularly theories of historical institutionalism) and to feedback my findings into theoretical refinements.

I am a founder member of the Political Studies Association’s Politics and History specialist group and the GW4 Modern British Politics and Political History group. And I’m the University of Bristol’s local coordinator of its institutional partnership with History & Policy.

You can find out more about my research interests, projects and publications on my page on ‘Explore Bristol Research‘. The overview page on that site also contains details of my teaching on both the BA in History and the MA in History at Bristol. Explore Bristol Research also provides both an overview of the sort of advanced postgraduate research that I supervise and links to my doctoral students.

Contact details:

Prof. Hugh Pemberton
University of Bristol, Department of History
9 Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1TB. United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 92 87621  Fax: +44 (0) 117 928 8276
Email: h.pemberton@bristol.ac.uk  Twitter: @hugh_pemberton
Websites: hughpemberton.org.uk / pensions-history.uk / politics-history.org.uk

Students: here is my booking form for consultation hours.

Map showing where to find my office. Please note that, unless you have a Bristol University pass, entry is via the Porter’s Lodge at 3-5 Woodland Rd as shown on the map. My office (room G32) is at the front of no. 9 Woodland Rd.