The UHI Centre for History pursues historical research in, of and for the Highlands and Islands.

As the newest university History department in the UK, the Centre comprises an ambitious and vibrant team of historians, committed to research of international reach and significance. All of the Centre’s lecturers are research-active, visiting archives, writing books and articles that are published by leading academic presses and presenting their research to a wider public audience through engagement with local and regional community groups and cultural organisations.

Our research focuses on the history of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland and the wider world, from the medieval period to the twentieth century. While focusing on the history of the region, lecturers at the Centre have research specialisms in the following areas:

  • Irish, Scottish and British Diasporas
  • Maritime and Coastal History in the North Sea and the Baltic
  • Religiosity and Ecclesiastical History
  • Women, Gender and the Family
  • Warfare and Ethnic Conflict
  • Sport History


The Centre’s research has attracted substantial funds from external sources, including the Wellcome Trust, Scottish and Southern Energy, the Forestry Commission, Carnegie Trust UK, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

The Centre has a growing body of taught postgraduate students, as well as postgraduate students undertaking research degrees.

Our vibrant research culture is supported by a number of events, including our seminar series, at which historians from Scotland, the UK and the world are invited to speak.

Centre staff are also responsible, along with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen, for co-editing the peer-reviewed journal Northern Scotland, which is published annually by Edinburgh University Press. Here is a list of the entire contents of the old series (1972-2007) of the journal.