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Curriculum vitae

I returned to the University of Helsinki, as University Lecturer in Nordic Studies, in February 2020.

In addition to comparative and transnational studies of Nordic societies, my research interests lie in the history and society of Europe during the “Long Nineteenth Century”. Most recently I have been working on themes relating to famine – especially the Great Finnish Famine of the 1860s and its commemoration, poor relief, comparisons with other catastrophes (notably the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s), and the phenomenon of international aid (both from the donor and recipient perspective). More generally, I have been working on a wider project examining comparisons and contrasts in Irish and Finnish history – something that kept me particularly busy during 2016-17, when both countries commemorated significant centenaries.

Although I am Irish, I was educated in Scotland (St. Andrews, MA Hons 1996; Edinburgh, PhD, 2001) and my PhD investigated links between Irish and Scottish land reformers and labour activists in the 1880s-90s. I have held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh (lecturer), University of Aberdeen (senior lecturer), and have enjoyed three spells in Institutes of Advanced Study (Helsinki, 2010-12; Aarhus, 2017-18; Tampere, 2018-20). From 2012 to 2017 I was the Principal Investigator on the Academy of Finland project, “‘The Terrible Visitation’: Famine in Finland and Ireland, c. 1845-1868”, which compared elements of the history, and historiography, of the Great Famines in Ireland (1840s) and Finland (1860s).

Since 2008, I have been Docent in European Area and Cultural Studies at the University of Helsinki, and I am interested in a wide variety of historical and contemporary topics, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. In pursuing both transnational and comparative research, I enjoy questioning some of the accepted norms of European 'national' narratives. My recent research projects have examined the aid which flowed around northern Europe in the 1860s, both from donor and recipient perspectives. In particular, I have analysed the motivations for such charitable interventions, especially the idea of “psychological proximity” whereby donor individuals or states imagine an affinity with the recipients of the donations. Though this type of study, it is possible to analyse the interconnectedness of nineteenth-century Europe, the flexibility of externally-imposed identities, and observe important continuities with twenty-first century aid campaigns.


Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Famine
  • Philanthropic studies
  • Nationalism
  • Area and Cultural Studies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1998 2020

“The Evils Which Have Arisen in My Country”: Mary Power Lalor and Active Female Landlordism during the Land Agitation

Newby, A. G., Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A Swedish View of Galway in 1893: Hugo Vallentin's 'Letters from Home-Rule Land'

Newby, A. G., Jan 2019, In : Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society . 70, p. 1-16

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

"A True Friend of Scandinavia": Michael Davitt's Northern Travels of Summer 1904

Newby, A., 6 May 2019, Ireland and the North : Reimagining Ireland Vol. 91. Barber, F., Dybris McQuaid, S. & Hansson, H. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang , p. 121-147 27 p. (Reimagining Ireland).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

"Happiest Leading a Crusade": Edward McHugh 1853-1915

Newby, A. G., Jun 2019, Edward McHugh . Unite Education , p. 16-21

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Nälkäkriisi-Suomi: kansainvälinen apu ja kotimaiset panostukset

Translated title of the contribution: Finland and international aid in the 1860sHäkkinen, A. K. O. & Newby, A. G., 2019, Nälkämaasta hyvinvointivaltioksi: Suomi kehityksen kiinniottajana. Koponen, J. & Saaritsa, S. (eds.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, p. 93-110 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2011 2011

The Nordic Society in Cross-disciplinary and Transnational Perspectives (NordSoc)

Ahokas, M., Alanko, A., Alapuro, R., Aunesluoma, J., Blomberg-Kroll, H., Borioni, P., Brisku, A., Fellman, S., Forsander, A., Glover, N., Götz, N., Haapakorpi, A., Haggrén, H., Hannikainen, M., Haldén, P., Heikkinen, S., Helander, M., Hilson, M., Hopkins, T., Huhta, I., Jalava, M., Kallio, J., Kananen, J., Kettunen, P., Kroll, C., Laine, J. M., Lauren, J. S. I., Lloyd, C., Marjanen, J., Marklund, C., Muir, S., Newby, A., Nordberg, C., Nygård, S., Outinen, S., Pellander, S., Prutsch, M., Rainio-Niemi, J., Riska, E., Roumpakis, A., Räisä, T., Saaritsa, S., Stadius, P., Stenius, H., Strang, J., Stråth, B., Suoranta, A. M., Syrjämäki, S., Wahlbeck, Ö., Vauhkonen, J., Wrede, S. & Österberg, M.

24/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History

Andy Newby (Recipient), Jul 1998

Prize: Prizes and awards

Maclehose-Dickinson Prize in Scottish History

Andy Newby (Recipient), Apr 2003

Prize: Prizes and awards

RSE / CRF European Research Fellowship

Andy Newby (Recipient), Sep 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2004 2020

Studia Celtica Fennica (Journal)

Andy Newby (Editor in chief)
1 Feb 2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

HEX CoE in the History of Experiences / Lived Nation Book Project. Seminar & peer-review of manuscripts.

Andy Newby (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Josephine Hoegaerts (Speaker: Opponent/discussant), Jani Marjanen (Speaker: Presenter)
23 Jan 202024 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Hunger Crises in the Europen Periphery

Andy Newby (Invited speaker), Antti Häkkinen (Invited speaker), Henrik Forsberg (Invited speaker), Miikka Voutilainen (Invited speaker), Cormac Ó Gráda (Invited speaker), Jari Eloranta (Speaker)
27 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Talviseminaari - Jyväskylän yliopiston historian ja etnologian laitos

Andy Newby (Speaker: Presenter)
13 Feb 202014 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

MRes Examination: William Patton Kerr, Icelandic Teutonism and Scandinavian Studies in Britain, c. 1895-1918

Andy Newby (Opponent)
1 Oct 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Press / Media

Maailmanpolitiikan arkipäivää - Hajoaako Britannia?

Andy Newby


1 Media contribution

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Interview: The Finnish Famine & Nälkä! exhibition

Andy Newby


1 Media contribution

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150 vuotta sitten ihmisiä kuoli nälkään Kivijärvellä

Andy Newby


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Nälänhätä oli henkilökohtaista kärsimystä

Andy Newby


1 item of Media coverage

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