Amber Ward is a PhD student in Modern History at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Her thesis studies how deindustrialisation in Central Fife intersected with broader changes in culture, mentalities and social life. Her project uses oral history to consider a wide range of perspectives, including those from ethnolinguistic, gendered, and LGBTQ+ community groups. Her work studies the phenomenon of deindustrialisation outside of contexts related to economic production, and considers Marxist feminist, decolonising and post-structuralist approaches to deindustrialisation studies. Prior to her PhD, Amber completed undergraduate (2018) and masters’ (2019) degrees in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. 

Project statement 

Community, Identity and Economic Change in Central Fife’s Ex-Industrial Communities after 1985

Project statement: Towards a cultural history of deindustrialisation in Central Fife. Supervised by Dr Malcolm Petrie (St Andrews), Prof Jim Phillips (Glasgow) and Dr Ewan Gibbs (Glasgow). Fully funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) research council Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC DTP).