Environmental politics and theory
Trade union and labour movement studies
Political theory and political ideologies
Academic Background and Qualifications
2010 BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
2011 MSc Political Research, University of Strathclyde
2021 PhD: The Politics of Labour-Environmentalism, Glasgow Caledonian University
I joined PIR in August 2021, having been employed as an Associate Lecturer at both Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland between 2013-2017, and a Lecturer in Politics at GCU between 2017-2020. I was awarded my PhD in March 2021. This explored the political dynamics of a working-class environmentalism as it is expressed through the trade union movement.
During this time I have also flirted with front-line politics outside of academia. I have worked as a researcher for a high-profile MSP in the Scottish Parliament, and have also translated my in-depth knowledge of environmental politics and labour movement studies into impactful policy outputs for the Labour Party at a UK and Scottish level. In addition to this, my other knowledge transfer activities include developing and delivering innovative trade union education seminars on political economy and environmental politics.
Outside of this, I am interested in good coffee and moka pots, 1970’s New Left literature, Mediterranean cooking, Radiohead, and screaming into the Twitter void.
Gibbs, E. & Kerr, E. (2020) ‘Mobilizing solidarity in factory occupations: Activist responses to multinational plant closures’, Economic and Industrial Democracy. doi: 10.1177/0143831X20931928