October 2016 – Arts and Humanities Research Council Gateways to the First World War fund – £15,000 around WW1 ‘national kitchens’
July 2016 – Scouloudi Award, Institute of Historical Research
June 2016 – 2016 Irish Famine Summer School best paper award
April 2016 – Winterthur Fellowship
May 2015 – commissioned by the Guinness Partnership to write their history of food poverty alleviation
December 2014: Hagley Museum and Library Exploratory Grant
December 2014 – Wellcome Trust
April 2014 – Thank you to Cooperative Food, who have donated two crates of wine (24 bottles) to the Food and the First World War conference
March 2014 – Lord Mayor’s Fund
February 2014 – Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
December 2013 – Gregg’s Foundation Award
December 2013 – Royal Historical Society http://www.royalhistoricalsociety.org/
September 2013 – Economic History Society – http://www.ehs.org.uk/
July 2013 – Society for the Study of French History
April 2013 – Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Jan 2013 Awarded an annual Gladstone Library scholarship. More information about the wonderful Gladstone Library, Flintshire, is available here http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/
2012 – Awarded £10,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a project examining media framings of conflict, both contemporary and historical.
This builds on my research into aspects of the Second World War, particularly the fod issue. My biography of Seán Lemass was the first work to explore, in detail, the stewardship of the Irish economy during the Second World War. Research on Lemass’s record during WW2 was based on a range of material, but the main body of the research was gathered from the ‘Historical Survey’ compiled by civil servants in Lemass’s Department of Industry and Commerce in the late 1940s.
This research was part-funded by an Ad Astra scholarship from the National University of Ireland. http://www.nui.ie/
This research on the administartion of a ‘war economy’ led to further probing of the issue of food supply in wartime. I was recently awarded a British Association of Canadian Studies (BACS) research travel grant. For more about the BACS see http://www.canadian-studies.info/index.php/bacs
The grant covers my travel expenses to and from Canada and enables me to carry out extensive research in the National Archives and Library, Ottawa. My research proposal, for which the money was awarded, concentrates on the black market in Canada during the Second World War.
This follows research carried out for my forthcoming book ‘Ireland During the Second World War’, which is to be published by Manchester University Press in 2013. The book reveals the colourful history of the black market in Ireland during the WWII (or ‘the Emergency’ as it’s dubbed over the Irish Sea), discussing phenomena such as cross-border smuggling, profiteering, and the state clampdown.
The book compares the black market in wartime Ireland with black markets in the other neutral states (Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal) and in Britain. By extending my research to Canada, I am building towards a global history of black markets during the 1939-45 period.