Diane Urquhart


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    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Gender history since c.1800 - Irish and British women's history since c.1800 - Modern Irish history especially political activism, the Anglo-Irish and legal history

1994 …2021

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Research Focus

I am a gender historian with a special interest in modern Ireland and Britain. I specialise in political and legal history particularly women’s first entry into politics from the late-nineteenth century onwards, Anglo-Irish political patronage and Ireland's history of abortion and divorce. Co-authored with Lindsey Earner-Byrne, The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018 was published in the Pivot series by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.  Irish Divorce: A History, the first full-length history of Irish divorce will, for example, be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2020. Much of my work therefore engages with and impacts on contemporary debates regarding women’s legal and reproductive rights.

Throughout my career I have sought to foster international collaborations from gender historians and that work had brought together those with a shared interest in the developing field of gender history from Europe, North America and Asia. This work is interdisciplinary, spanning the disciplines of history, politics, law, literature and the visual arts and includes editing/co-editing peer-reviewed collections on Irish women’s history and the impact of conflict on women in 20th-century Ireland.

Senior appointments within the academy include national and international examining appointments (formerly Ulster University, Queen’s University, Cambridge University and the University of Limerick) as well as membership of the British Association of Irish Studies (BAIS) Advisory Board (ongoing from 2018).  A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, I have also served two terms on the AHRC’s Peer Review College. I peer review for leading journals and academic publishers and sit on several academic advisory boards. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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