Academic journal article The International Journal of Cuban Studies

Obituary

Academic journal article The International Journal of Cuban Studies

Obituary

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It is with great sadness that we report in this issue on the untimely death of one of our Editorial Board members, Steve Ludlam, who suddenly passed away in September after a short illness. Steve was a key participant in the establishment and operation of the International Journal of Cuban Studies (IJCS), an enthusiastic colleague, inspirational teacher and an excellent academic, whose research will have a lasting impact on future students of Cuba.

Steve will be greatly missed. He was Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield where he read for his first degree as a mature student. Afterwards, he went on to complete his PhD also at Sheffield, on British trade unions and the public spending cuts of the 1970s, before developing an abiding interest in Cuba's trade union movement, upon which he contributed significantly to our understanding. As well as being on the board of the IJCS, he was founding convenor of the Political Studies Association's specialist Labour Movements Group, a member of the Cuba Research Forum and The Society for Latin American Studies, and an honorary member of the Faculty of the Third Age, University of Havana.

Steve's main research interests were in the politics of post-Cold War Cuba and contemporary left politics in Latin America. His latest work was on postCold War Cuba, with a particular interest in its labour politics and employment relations and how these are changing as the country adjusts its political economy and its version of socialism. But he also investigated and published on Cuba and Human Rights diplomacy, politics in Cuba, and the development of third age education in Cuba. …

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