Our friend and colleague, Clive Archer, died in September, aged 69. Clive was a long-time UACES member and served the Association in various capacities, most notably as Chair at the turn of the millennium.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Clive studied for his Ph.D at Aberdeen University, where he developed a life-long interest and expertise in Scandinavian politics. As was common for outstanding students at that time, he was appointed to the full-time staff at Aberdeen before completing his doctorate. From this base at Aberdeen, Clive rapidly established himself as a leading authority not only on Scandinavian politics but also on international relations, defence studies, small states, and the EU. In consequence, he advanced rapidly through the academic ranks, to become Professor of International Relations. A particular feature of his time in Aberdeen was his friendship with world famous scholars like Harvey Starr and Bruce Russett during their extended stays at the University. In 1995 he moved to Manchester Metropolitan University to become Research Professor.
Throughout his academic life Clive displayed a unique combination of theoretical and empirical expertise in his chosen areas of interest and rapidly came to command a genuinely outstanding international research and professional reputation. This excellence was reflected in his almost uniquely high successful strike rate for a European specialist in ESRC awards and in the numerous publications he produced. Amongst his books are Norway, European Integration and Atlantic Security; The Nordic and Baltic States and the ESDP; Norway Outside the European Union, The European Union: Structure and Processes; and International Organisations.
In recognition of his work on Scandinavia – and amongst fellow specialists he was regarded as the preeminent non Scandinavian scholar working on the Nordic area – he was awarded the Knight First Class, Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in1996, and the Commander of Order of the Finnish Lion in 2003. In recognition of his work on the EU, he was awarded a Jean Monnet ad personam chair.
Clive will be remembered by colleagues as always being generous with his time, constructively helpful with his advice, and consistently pleasant and good-humoured (was he ever seen to be publicly cross?). He will be remembered also with great fondness and gratitude by generations of postgraduate students at Aberdeen and Manchester for the time and effort he took to provide them with guidance and encouragement. Many were the times when he went considerably out of his way to ensure postgraduate students were able to successfully complete their studies (including at particularly pressing times even providing temporary study space in his own home). On assuming his professorship at MMU, Clive and Liz set up home in Chesterfield. As well as being geographically convenient for their jobs, this had the great attraction for Clive of being a strong area of support for the Liberal Democrats, the party which, in its various guises, he supported throughout his life.
After retiring in 2009, Clive became actively involved, in a voluntary capacity, in aspects of health care in the Chesterfield area, serving on and chairing a number of committees aimed at better integrating health and social services. He also was much involved in promoting, and helping to raise grants for, the community involvement of his local church, especially in respect of running a church facility for elderly and lonely people.
On behalf of UACES, we would like to express our sympathy to Liz and his stepson Tom.
Clive was a true scholar, a real gentleman, and a thoroughly decent and nice person. He will be greatly missed.
Neill Nugent and William Paterson