About me




Adrian Grant is a Researcher at the Belfast School of Architecture, Ulster University. He is currently working on a project examining the architectural legacy of the Troubles on residential Belfast. Prior to this he worked as a Research Associate at the Transitional Justice Institute, INCORE, UU and NUI Galway. He holds a BA and PhD from the University of Ulster and an MA from the University of Liverpool. His main research interests include the history and development of republicanism and radical left-wing politics in Ireland. He is also interested in oral history, the history of domestic service and the lives of landed estate employees. Adrian has lectured in history and politics at the University of Ulster and has written a book and a number of articles on the above subjects. He is the editor of the website Irish History Review, and is currently writing a history of Derry in the 1912-23 period.

Areas of expertise

Labour and working class history
Socialist republicanism
Oral history
Post-conflict oral history
Boston College Belfast Project
Landed estates
Digital history
Irish republicanism
Politics of 20th Century Ireland
The Troubles
Peace and conflict research
Commemorative practice


labour history; class history; Irish history; social history; oral history; economic history; Northern Ireland; digital history; digital humanities; storytelling; socialism; historiography; memory; landed estates

Member Details

Full Name

Adrian Grant (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD in Irish History, University of Ulster, 2007-2010.
MA in Historical Research, University of Liverpool, 2006-2007.
BA (Hons) Irish History and Politics, University of Ulster, 2003-2006.


Researcher, Belfast School of Architecture, Ulster University, September 2015 – present
Researcher, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, January 2015 – September 2015.
Research Associate, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), University of Ulster, 2013 – 2014.
Occasional Lecturer, School of History and English, University of Ulster, 2012-present.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Moore Institute, NUI Galway, 2012-2013
Education and Access Assistant, Derry City Council, 2012
Proof Reader, Register of Support Providers, University of Ulster, 2011-2013
Part-time seminar tutor, University of Ulster, 2009-2010.

Consultancy work

Historical research consultant for 1916 Centenary Exhibition (Derry & Strabane District Council, 2016).
Historical research consultant for Teaching Divided Histories (Nerve Centre, Derry, 2014)
Historical research for Buncrana Heritage Trail (Buncrana Town Council, 2013)
Designed bespoke history tour of Inishowen (Women's Information Network, 2011).

Management & Administrative experience

University of Ulster Research Concordat Steering Group Committee – Social Sciences Contract Research Staff representative (2014-)
AHRC Research Careers Training and Advisory Network member (2014-)


I have been involved with the teaching of undergraduate and post graduate students at some level for over five years. Please see the detailed information below in regard to subjects and modules taught at the University of Ulster (2009-14). I have also developed outline modules on twentieth century Ireland, Irish labour and working class history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Irish revolution (1912-25), radical politics in modern Ireland, a document based module on the history landed estates in Britain and Ireland, and a workshop based module on digital history.

Ireland & Europe BA – Year 2 Tutor 2008-2010 UU – Arts Faculty
Irish Government & Politics BA – Year 1 Lecturer/Tutor 2008-2010/2012 UU – Arts Faculty
Research Methods BA – Year 2 Tutor 2010 UU – Arts Faculty
Capital & Labour BA – Year 3 Lecturer 2013-2014 UU – Arts Faculty
Modern Ireland, 1600-1925 BA – Year 2 Lecturer 2013-2014 UU – Arts Faculty
Labour, Nationalism, and Unionism MA Lecturer 2013-2014 UU – Arts Faculty
Ulster Unionist Identity MA Lecturer 2013-2014 UU – Arts Faculty
Research Methods II MA Lecturer 2014-2016 UU – Social Sciences Faculty

Outreach activities

Editor of Scoláire Staire (History Scholar) Magazine (2011-14)
Editor of Irish History Review website
Co-editor of Irish Labour History News
Manager of Accounts of the Conflict blog

Committees & Associations

Committee Member of Irish Labour History Society.
Member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.
Member of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (NUIG).
Member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH).
Member of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), University of Ulster.
Chairman – West Inishowen History & Heritage (2012).
Committee member – West Inishowen History & Heritage (2008-2013).


Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship – University of Ulster (2007) – £45,000

Other activities

Chairman of Exchange Inishowen Ltd. A social enterprise and community development company in the north west of Ireland. (Non-profit).



Irish Socialist Republicanism, 1909-36 (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2012).

Peer Reviewed Journals

With Kris Brown, 'A Lens Over Conflicted Memory: Surveying "Troubles" Commemoration in Northern Ireland', Irish Political Studies, 31, 1, (2016), pp. 139-162.
‘Landed estate records as a resource for the study of the rural Irish worker’, Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society 38 (2013), pp. 169-172.

Other Journals

‘Accounts of the [Northern Ireland] conflict’ History Ireland, May/June 2014.

‘”The Forgotten Workers”: Irish landed estate and “big house” employees’, Scoláire Staire, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2013.

‘“Workers to the Rescue”: Workers’ International Relief in Ireland, 1925’, History Ireland, January/February 2011.

‘Donegal Labour in the 1923 general election’, Donegal Annual, 60, (2008).

Published reports

'Teaching Divided History – Research Report' (The Nerve Centre, Derry, 2014).

Electronic Publications

'Oral Histories and Dealing with the Past', Scope NI , January 2015. http://scopeni.nicva.org/article/oral-histories-and-dealing-past


A. Matthews, The Irish Citizen Army, in History Ireland, November/December 2014.

F. Devine (ed.), A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 3, Issue 4, October 2013.

[Television] ‘TV Eye: The Big House’ in History Ireland, September/October 2013.

[Film] ‘Enigma: Frank Ryan’ in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2013.

J. Curry, Artist of the Revolution: The Cartoon of Ernest Kavanagh in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 2, Issue 3, July 2012.

[Television] ‘Labour’s Way’ (RTE) in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 2, Issue 3, July 2012.

E. O’Connor, A Labour History of Ireland in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 2, Issue 1, January 2012.

A. Cooper (ed.), Lough Swilly: A Living Landscape in History Ireland, November/December 2011.

C. McCabe, Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy in Scoláire Staire, Vol. 1, Issue 1, October 2011.

[Television] ‘The Limits of Liberty’ (RTE) in Pue’s Occurrences.com, 8, 11, 24 June 2010.


‘Battle Engaged – Locked out: the story of the 1913 Lockout’, Irish Times Century Supplement, 11 September 2013.

‘Labour faces the same fate as Greens after reneging on promises’, TheJournal.ie, 3 February 2013.

‘Troubles over Mick Wallace follow a long line of left-wing splits’, TheJournal.ie, 21 October 2012.