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  • Dr Jon Davis is the co-author with John Rentoul (Chief Political Commentator of The Independent) of Heroes or Villains?: The Blair Government Reconsidered, published by Oxford University Press in 2019. His PhD research was published as Prime Ministers and Whitehall 1960-74 by Hambledon Continuum in 2007.







  • Dr Jack Brown is the author of No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street, published by Haus by 2020, and updated in paperback to include the New Labour years in 2020. He is also the co-editor, alongside Professor Tony Travers and Richard Brown, of London’s Mayor at 20: Governing a global city in the 21st century, published by Biteback in 2020. He is also the author of The London Problem: What Britain gets wrong about its capital city, to be published by Haus in April 2021.’






  • Dr Jack Brown was was awarded his doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London in November 2017, for his thesis on the redevelopment of London’s Docklands and the emergence of Canary Wharf in the 1980s.
  • Dr Michelle Clement completed a PhD on Sir Michael Barber and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The PhD represents the first academic study of the PMDU with access to Barber’s private, unpublished diaries.


Research Projects

The Strand Group has also undertaken partnered research projects with No. 10 Downing Street, including the online video history projects Men of Secrets: The Cabinet Secretaries (undertaken at Queen Mary University of London when the Mile End Group), and Margaret Thatcher and No. 10. The relationship between the Strand Group and No. 10 also includes the post of the Researcher in Residence at No. 10 Downing Street. This role has led to the production of a series of history blogs and a range of outreach activities, and Dr Jack Brown’s book, No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street.