My academic research is primarily concerned with the social and labour history of contemporary Britain. I am interested in documenting the effects de-industrialisation and unemployment played in the erosion of working-class communities in Britain from the late 1970s onward. In previous published works I have detailed the efforts of various working-class groups in their resistance to redundancies and factory closures. I am now expanding this study to include ways international trade unionism has approached issues of solidarity in the era of expanding globalisation. In the future I hope to draw further parallels between the working-class experience of late twentieth century Britain and the historical narrative of proletarian movements in post-war France and America.