David Beorlegui’s line of research deals with the analysis of the transition, modernity, subjectivities, and memory during the last third of the 20th century. Theoretically, his work revolves around the history of the radical left and of social movements, the new cultural history, and the history of emotions. As regards the methodology employed, he has focused on the qualitative treatment of sources, especially oral ones and life histories, both topics on which he has delivered several keynotes.
Beorlegui defended his PhD thesis, ‘La experiencia de la transición en el País Vasco. Memoria, subjetividad y utopía (1976-1986), written in both Spanish and English, on 29 September 2016. In 2017, he has also published the paper, ‘Expectativas de género en las luchas obreras del tardofranquismo y la transición. Feminismo y memoria en el Gran Bilbao (1975-1979)’, in the journal Historia Social. At present, he is collaborating in a project devoted to the study of women’s associations in Getxo (Biscay).
As well as having participated in numerous national and international events, he is currently vice-chairman of the International Oral History Association (IOHA).