Hugh Pemberton is an expert on the history of of modern Britain, and particularly of British politics, from the Second World War to the very contemporary. Having spent a decade working as a business analyst in the financial services sector he took his PhD in 2001 at the University of Bristol (on Britain's 'Keynesian-plus' policy experiment in the 1960s), returning to a teaching post at Bristol in 2004 after two years at the LSE as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and before that as ESRC Posdoctoral Fellow at Bristol.
His research focuses principally on economic and social policy (the latter in terms of British pensions); public administration and governance; party politics; and the politics of change. His work engages with and seeks empirically to test political science theories of historical institutionalism for he has a particular interest in the means by which radical policy change occurs (and why it sometimes doesn't), in why such change sometimes turns out to be temporary despite intentions to the contrary, and in why it is that changes that might seem apparently superficial sometimes turn out have enduring consequences.
A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Prof. Pemberton is also a founder member of the Political Studies Association's Politics and History specialist group.