Martin Parker

Dr Martin Parker BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer


I have been teaching in further and higher education for over 15 years. I've worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2002 in various academic roles. Before that I was part time lecturer at the University of Sheffield and a lecturer at Northern College and a number of Further Education colleges.


I teach across the politics degree route. Current teaching includes the following

The Politics of post-war Britain (level 4)

Political Ideas and Concepts (level 4)

Post war British Foreign and Defence Policy (level 5)

World Politics (level 6)

British Political Parties in the Modern Era (level 6)

Dissertations (level 6)

My approach to teaching has always been based on the need to challenge and stimulate students, encouraging critical thinking and analytical engagement with current issues. In my seminars I use a range of methods such as debates and student presentations in order to promote inquiry-based learning and the development of students' analytical, communication and transferable skills.


My scholarship and research interests lie in the field of Post war British politics and the key questions, issues and dilemmas facing contemporary British politics during this period, seeking to place them in an historical, social, political and comparative context. In particular, ‘New Right and Thatcherism’, ‘The rise and fall of New Labour’ and ‘Trade Unions in British politics’.

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