Spotlight on Steve Murdoch
February 8, 2013 2 Comments
Professor Steve Murdoch has taught in the School of History since 2004. He previously held a one year post-doctoral research position at Roehampton University, which he followed by a four-year AHRC Research Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen.
His research interests are firmly rooted in the early modern period with an emphasis on British interaction with the northern European world. Having focused at doctoral level on British diplomatic relations with Denmark-Norway, Steve has subsequently published extensively on broader contacts including social network-building in a transnational context and community development and integration in a comparative context in the North Sea and Baltic world.
These interests have resulted in a number of publications most notably Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe and, with Alexia Grosjean, the edited collection Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period. As an early exponent of Open Access to Research in the Digital Humanities, Steve co- developed and still curates the Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern European Biographical Database, which has been active and available to the public since 1998.
A recurring focus throughout Steve’s research has been the causes and consequences of war in both military and social contexts. The edited collection Scotland and the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648 led to his invitation to serve as historical advisor to the Wittstock 1636 Mass Grave Project which culminated in a museum exhibition touring Germany in 2012-2013. His interest in warfare also extends to the maritime world. Following on from the award winning publication, The Terror of the Seas? Scottish Maritime Warfare 1513-1713, Steve has been awarded the prestigious Olof Palme Visiting Professorship in Peace Studies 2013-2014, a prize sponsored by the Swedish parliament. This involves a year-long project dealing with ‘British Prize-taking, Swedish Neutrality and Conflict Resolution’ based at the Centre for Maritime Studies, University of Stockholm.
Due to his expansive knowledge in the field Steve serves on the editorial boards of Brill’s prestigious Northern World Series and remains on the editorial boards of the refereed journals Historisk Tidskrift (Sweden); Études écossaises (France) and Northern Studies (Scotland).
Steve teaches at all levels within the School of History with undergraduate modules as varied as ‘Scotland and the Wider World’, ‘Europeans in Asia’ and the very popular ‘Pirates and Privateers in the early modern period’. He teaches on the Scottish, Early Modern and Modern M.Litt programmes and has an excellent track record in PhD supervision.
You can follow Steve on twitter https://twitter.com/Prof_Murdoch