Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Mr Daniel Swan

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) History (University of Portsmouth), MA History (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: daniel.swan@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My PhD research investigates how women have reconstructed their lives during the Second World War in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. My thesis takes a case study approach to address the larger themes of wartime citizenship, gender roles and young women’s identities. I have interviewed forty four women, and am interested in the areas these women lived, worked and socialised, and how they recalled their relationships with the people in these spaces. This project is therefore situated within a developing field of research, space and place, which explores connections between people and their social environment. The interaction between public and private memories of war is a significant part of my research which aims to illustrate how women have reimagined the past through the use of shared language and ideas, but also how they have recalled their sense of self; discussing their personal development, decisions and desires.

  • First supervisor, Dr Sue Bruley
  • Second supervisor, Dr Rob James
  • Third supervisor, Dr Karl Bell

I am currently a part time History tutor at the university. I am involved with the Port Towns and Urban Cultures Project based at the university and in the Portsmouth Gender Network. I am a research assistant in two positions: a project commemorating the First World War within the History Department and in an advertising project in the Marketing and Sales Department, in the Portsmouth Business School. I am on the editorial board for the Portsmouth Postgraduate Review and I was the student representative on the Faculty Research Degrees Committee for part of the 2013-2014 academic year.


  • Cultural and social history
  • Gender history
  • Oral history
  • Local history
  • Port towns and urban cultures

Current Research Project

  • Thesis title: "We all had to do our bit": women's memories of the Second World War in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight