Dr Nicky Stubbs


Department of Politics and International Relations

Teaching Associate

Dr Nicky Stubbs
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Dr Nicky Stubbs
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Nicky joined the department in September 2021. He has a broad interest in industrial and political change, trade unions, economic development and labour markets, especially in Britain’s ‘de-industrialised’ regions. He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across a range of modules. Alongside his role at Sheffield, he works as a Research Fellow at Leeds University Business School, where he explores the nature of work in low-pay sectors across Yorkshire such as warehousing and logistics. 

Nicky’s background is in political and trade union research. He worked for the National Union of Mineworkers, where he analysed cabinet papers relating to the 1984/85 miners’ strike, in 2014 and has also worked with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. He has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant and as a speechwriter to first directly elected Mayor of South Yorkshire. He is also a member of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s board of trustees. He regularly speaks on de-industrialisation and coalfield communities at academic and policy conferences, and has engaged with international policy makers, including most recently Chinese government and coal industry officials, on the notion of ‘Just Transitions’.       


PhD - Thesis title: ‘We’re like the land that time forgot’: De-industrialisation and Economic Reconstruction in Barnsley - University of Bath (2024)

MRes Global Political Economy: Policy Analysis and Transformation - University of Bath (2015)

BA (Hons) English - University of Lincoln (2013)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2022)           

Research interests
  • De-industrialisation
  • Economic regeneration
  • Political transformation
  • Labour history
  • Trade unions
  • Community activism
  • Industrial change
  • Just Transitions
  • Class experience
  • Social and public policy


  • Stubbs N (2022) Growing-up in the Interregnum: Accounts from the South Yorkshire Coalfield In Simmons R & Simpson K (Ed.), Education, Work and Social Change in Britain’s Former Coalfield Communities The Ghost of Coal Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Davies D, Stubbs N & Whittaker M (2018) Regional Divisions In Bernard R (Ed.), A Nation Divided Building a United Kingdom RIS download Bibtex download
Research group
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Political Economy
Teaching interests

My approach to teaching is student-centred and focuses on students as co-producers of knowledge. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and have experience teaching a wide range of subject areas, including social policy and policy processes, social research methods, sociological theory and research philosophy.

Teaching activities
  • Understanding Politics
  • Analysing the Policy Process
  • The Left: Past Present and Future
  • Social Research Methods
Professional activities and memberships
  • Research Fellow - Leeds University Business School
  • Trustee - Coalfields Regeneration Trust