Calum Aikman

Published: 10 November 2016

The Fragmentation of the Labour Party 'Revisionist' Right, 1971 - 1983

University of Edinburgh

The Fragmentation of the Labour Party 'Revisionist' Right, 1971 - 1983

Academic History:

2016 -  present PhD History, University of Edinburgh

2012 - 2013 MSc by Research History (Distinction), University of Edinburgh

2005 - 2008 BA History (Tripos Parts I & II), University of Cambridge


Professor Ewen Cameron, Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History & Palaeontology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Robert Crowcroft, Lecturer in Contemporary British History, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests:

  • Modern Scottish & British History
  • History of Political Thought
  • Labour & Trade Union History
  • Intellectual History
  • Historiography
  • The role of psychology in politics

Previous Research Projects:

Research Assistant (2011 -2012): 'The Fyffe Family History Project' - Principal Investigator/Supervisor: Prof. Ewen Cameron, University of Edinburgh

Conference/Seminar Papers:

  • 'The Birth of the Social Democratic Party in Scotland, 1981-1983', Scottish History Research Seminars, University of Edinburgh, April 2015
  • 'The SDP & the Trade Unions', 9th European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow, April 2012


2016 - present: AHRC DTP Studentship, University of Edinburgh


Book Chapter: Calum Aikman, ‘Frank Chapple: a thoughtful trade union moderniser’, in Peter Ackers and Alastair J. Reid (eds.), Alternatives to State Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth-Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Journal Article: Calum Aikman, ‘The Birth of the Social Democratic Party in Scotland’, Contemporary British History, 27:3 (2013) pp. 324-47.

Contact Details:

Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG


First published: 10 November 2016