Dr David Turner
Associate Lecturer: Railway Studies

Profile

Biography

I have always had an interest in railways, ever since my grandfather took me to a steam railway at the age of 2. I completed my undergraduate degree in history at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, in 2003 and a Masters degree in War Studies at King’s College London in 2005. I then chose to undertake a PhD in Railway Studies with the University of York and National Railway Museum’s Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History. I graduated in 2014.

My thesis looked at the management of the London and South Western Railway between 1870 and 1911, and focused on strategic and operational decision-making within the company over this period. My main academic interest is the management of Britain’s railways between 1870 and 1914.

Research

Overview

My thesis was on the management of the London and South Western Railway between 1870 and 1911, and focussed on strategic and operational decision-making within the company over this period. For this reason, main academic interest is the management of Britain’s railways between 1870 and 1914.

Projects

I am currently working on a number of academic projects and papers, in the following area:

  • The interlocking directorships of British railway directors, 1880-1914.

I am currently working with Dr. Kevin Tennent of the University of York’s Management School on a project to investigate the management of early British tram networks. We are working on a paper on strategic decision-making within the London County Council’s Tramways before the First World War.

Teaching

Postgraduate

Railway Studies Postgraduate Associate Lecturer