Researcher Database

Here you can find information about our members’ research interests. The Network is open to any postgraduate or early career researcher interested in imperial and global history. If you would like to join the Network and include a profile on our database please contact one of the convenors.

Temi AlanamuUniversity of ExeterMy research explores gender regimes in African societies before and during colonisation. It focuses on the Yoruba of South Western Nigeria, examining the uneasy compromise between local understandings of gender and the introduction of imperial concepts. This line of enquiry is crucial to the study of Global and Imperial history as it explores regional resistance to and adaptation of continuous and relentless changes in global gender discourses.
Fernando J. Padilla AnguloUniversity of Bristol and the University of ExeterI am a MLitt/PhD student working on Loyalism in the late-19th century Spanish Empire. My thesis focuses on a militia of volunteers that existed in Cuba during the second half of the nineteenth century, the purpose of which was to support the regular army and the colonial authorities in order to maintain Spanish rule of the island. This project will address how this militia related to politics, both in the island and in Spain; to lobbies with colonial interests, and to the military in the defence of the Spanish imperial project in the Caribbean during a period of intense pressures, namely with regard to US expansionism and Cuban nationalism.
Karim Abdel AzizUniversity of ExeterI am an MPhil/PhD student, with a background in Twentieth Century International History. My current research focuses on Anglo-Egyptian relations in the reign of King Fuad I of Egypt between 1917 and 1936 and how Britain's relations with the Egyptian monarchy in this period fits in with current theories of imperialism. This study would add to the historiography of this period in imperial and Egyptian political history by taking a multifaceted analytical approach that looks at individual, local, metropolitan and international perspectives rather than just a factual narrative of Fuad's life, which has tended to be the approach of the existing biographies on King Fuad.
Rakesh AnkitUniversity of SouthamptonI am working on the international dimensions of the Kashmir Conflict, 1947-66. My research interest lies in the intersection of decolonisation and the Cold War in South Asia and the questions it poses for the nature of early post-colonial states.
Sandra AraújoCRIA – FCSH/UNLI am a PhD candidate in Anthropology and my dissertation focuses on the SCCIM (Serviços de Centralização e Coordenação de Informações de Moçambique - 1961-1974), an intelligence agency operating in the late colonial period in Mozambique. Working under the theoretical framework of Historical Anthropology and Postcolonial Studies, I am studying the SCCIM, its intelligence gathering procedures, its data regarding Muslim populations, and its influence on colonial governance. The project also investigates coping strategies developed by Muslim populations.
Andres BaezaUniversity of BristolMy research focuses on the relations between Britain and Chile during the shifting and dynamic years of the Spanish American independence. More than focusing on the well-known ambits of diplomatic and economic relations, I explore how Britons and Chileans perceived each other from the perspective of cultural history, considering the consequences of these "cultural encounters" for the subsequent nation-state building process. In so doing, I analyse five areas of relations: i) The repercussions of British invasions of Buenos Aires and Montevideo from 1806 and the plans to invade Chile, ii) the role of British volunteers during the wars of independence, iii) the Evangelical missionary project of the British and Foreign Bible and School Societies iv) the settler of communities of British traders and merchants in Chile and v) the pursuit of political recognition of independence.

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Dr Melanie Bassett University of PortsmouthMy research explores the influence of the British Empire in the metropole and relationships between work, leisure and empire during the period of “High Imperialism” c.1875-1914. My thesis, entitled The Royal Dockyard Worker in Edwardian England: Culture, Leisure and Empire, re-examined the concept of a monolithic imperial identity and tracked the nuances of working-class imperialism within what has been assumed to be one of the British Empire’s most deferential, subservient and politically conservative workforces. It traced the leisure activities patronised by Dockyard workers and assessed their attitudes towards their right to take part in the expanding opportunities for recreation and the key issue of how their patterns of leisure reflected their attitudes towards the British Empire and their own role in it. Through the use of local sources and an exploration of the themes at a local level it demonstrated how concepts of imperialism manifested themselves in the everyday lives of the British public during the height of the British Empire.
Emily BridgerUniversity of Exeter My current research examines politicised female youth involved in the concluding years of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, from 1980 to 1994. In particular, I explore young women’s attitudes towards, and participation in, acts of political violence. My research is concentrated in the township of Soweto, located just outside Johannesburg, and is largely based on oral history interviews conducted with both male and female former political activists. My broader research interests include women’s involvement in anti-colonial uprisings and liberation wars across Africa; the history of healthcare in South Africa; and violence, crime and policing in contemporary Africa.

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Anna BrinkmanKing's College LondonI am a second year PhD student in the department of War Studies/Defence Studies. My research focuses on the ministerial use of British naval prize law as an agent of wartime foreign policy with neutral nations from the Seven Years War through the American War of Independence/Fourth Anglo Dutch War. My methodology is based on case studies of Spanish and Dutch ships taken as prize by British privateers or Naval vessels and adjudicated in the Court of Prize Appeal in London. Because a case study methodology allows for a very in depth look into all the aspects that influence a particular court case, my archival research is conducted in the UK, Holland, and Spain. More broadly, I am interested in the interactions between the British Navy, maritime predation, British foreign policy, and British international law, during the long 18th Century.
Katherine Bruce-LockhartUniversity of CambridgeI am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge. My current research focuses on the prison system in Uganda from the onset of colonial rule to the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1979. I am interested in how prisons became sites of interaction and contestation between the state and society in both the colonial and post-colonial periods; spaces in which questions of power, morality, and identity were negotiated and challenged. My previous research focused on the detention of women during the Mau Mau Rebellion in colonial Kenya, with a particular emphasis on how colonial gendered perceptions of deviancy shaped the detainees' treatment. More broadly, I am interested in the history of crime and punishment in colonial and post-colonial Africa; histories of women's detention and incarceration across the African continent; and the politics of reparations. Profile:
Jon ChappellUniversity of BristolMy research focusses on the modern history of China, specifically on the understanding and practice of international relations in Nineteenth-Century China. My PhD research takes the Anglo-French intervention in the Taiping rebellion as a case study for exploring the differing conceptions of foreign relations held by the states and publics involved and the appropriateness of international actions in line with these. I explore these concepts not just through the active intervention by Anglo-French forces, but also through the proxy support provided to the Qing government in the form of arms sales and the ‘Ever-Victorious’ Army of foreign mercenaries. I also examine the reaction of the states involved to individual mercenaries on the ground supporting both factions in the rebellion and the intellectual debates in China and elsewhere on the appropriateness of intervention. My research takes a transnational approach in that it focuses on the significance of non-state actors in formulating foreign relations that on occasion subverted the goals of their respective states.
Rachel ChinnUniversity of ExeterMy research is centred on rhetorical Anglo-French imperial relations during the Second World War. My aim is not to dispute the structure of the events themselves, but to understand how both the French and the British formulated the decision-making process and how each side talked about and represented the other. This work is important because it takes a more comprehensive look at why and how decisions were made and what affected policy makers in this process, including personal proclivities, relationships, stereotypes, and public opinion.

The structure of my work will consist of looking at a progression of ‘crisis points’, beginning with French Premier Daladier’s resignation and replacement by Reynaud on March 21, 1940, and ending with Vichy leader Petain’s meeting with Hitler at Montoire on October 24, 1940.
Jody CrutchleyUniversity of WorcesterI am a second year PhD student in History at the University of Worcester. My current research aims to contribute to the scholarship that has tended to challenge and extend traditional views of working-class Britons’ experience of empire. In particular, I am investigating the manifestations of the empire in elementary school curricula and curriculum policy between 1902 and 1930. My research also aims to be truly ‘British’ in approach and will therefore explore the rhetorical curriculum for the British empire across England, Wales and Scotland using Parliamentary, extra-Parliamentary and administrative sources. More widely, my research interests include: imperial history, particularly within the long nineteenth century; decolonisation; and the cultural/social encounters of empire.

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Poppy CullenUniversity of DurhamMy research interests include African history, British imperial and post-colonial history. My research focuses upon the late colonial and post-colonial relationship(s) between Britain and Kenya, including aspects of political, military, economic and diplomatic history. I am also interested in the making of foreign policy and the relationships between individuals in both Britain and Kenya who sought this relationship.

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Dr Gareth CurlessUniversity of ExeterMy research interests include: labour activism in the global south, imperial labour and welfare policy, and the global Cold War. I also have an interest in intra-state conflict and state buillding in post-colonial Africa.

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Jerome DevittTrinity College DublinI’m second year PhD student at Trinity College Dublin. My research investigates the British and Irish Executive's reaction to Transatlantic Fenianism in the late 1860s. I investigate the defensive system in the light of recent developments in counter-insurgency practice and theory. My interdisciplinary research project will engage with aspects of military, naval, legal, administrative, imperial, and transnational history. Of particular interest to my project are the implementation of deterrent policies and the media reception of such policies.

I was recently awarded an Irish Research Council - "Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship" that commenced in Autumn 2013. I also spent a portion of summer 2013 as a "Dobbin Scholar" of the Irish Canadian University Foundation. Profile:
Vipul DuttaKing's College LondonI’m a PhD candidate at the King’s India Institute, King’s College London and my doctoral project is a study of the evolution of the Indian army from the 1920s to 1960s and development of civil-military relations in India --especially the establishment of Armed Forces Training Academies in the context of the domestic and international politics. I’m interested in studying the changes in practices of officer education, socialisation and the nature of interaction between the military and the government in trying to chisel an Army that was to see action in both the First and Second World Wars.
Sabrina FairchildUniversity of BristolMy research focuses on the nature of colonialism in Treaty Port China, taking as a case study the evolution of south-eastern Fuzhou from global tea-port to marginalized outport. Facilitated by multiple state, business and personal archives, this project investigates the interconnections between British, French and American imperial powers in Fuzhou. Juxtaposing these archives, it explores whether the expatriate community’s participation in export trades, technological transfers and domestic settlement can be seen as an expression of colonialism. In turn, it looks at how the development of these projects were influenced, aided or threatened by Chinese collaboration and competition. As such, my research interrogates how the overlapping of these different nations in Fuzhou impacted both the trajectory and nature of its incorporation into imperial projects. More broadly, it suggests the need to better understand the nature of connected imperialisms and their effects on the expansion of global empires during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Alex FergusonUniversity of SouthamptonI am a graduate student in history at the University of Southampton. My thesis examines the role of the United States Embassy in Saigon, one of the most important diplomatic posts in Southeast Asia, in the creation of a postcolonial state in Vietnam from 1950 to 1957.

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Chris FullerUniversity of SouthamptonMy current research explores the historical origins of the CIA’s lethal drone programme, tracking its technological and policy origins back to the first Reagan administration. More widely the research is concerned with the evolution of US counterterrorism policy, and specifically how the practice of targeted killing became the default response to transnational threats. Finally, the project explores what current drone use means for the nature of the United States as an imperial power, and how unmanned technology enables America to project its presence and power globally.

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Ed GoslingUniversity of PlymouthMy research seeks to define the concept and identity of the British soldier - aka Tommy Atkins - as it was conceived in late Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The overarching aim is to present a reassessment of the development and impact of the Army as an institution within the confines of Victorian politics and society. My focus is on the military’s integration into society by examining the political and social impetus for change and the cultural and institutional identity which developed thereof. This informs on wider consideration of the impact such activity had on the army’s social status and imperial identity and questions what the public’s reaction to an attempted popularisation of military service may reveal about the nation’s attitudes to the British Empire.
Steven GrayUniversity of WarwickThe working title for my thesis is 'Imperial Coaling: Steam-power, the Royal Navy and British Imperial Coaling stations circa. 1870-1914.' The project is concerned with the expansion of a steam-powered Royal Navy in the second half of the nineteenth century and the wider ramifications across the British empire. It will specifically look at the importance of coal to our understanding of the Royal Navy, Imperial Defence (both local and global) and cultural interchange at local imperial sites.

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Dr Andrew GriffithsUniversity of PlymouthMy PhD research explored the links between fiction, the New Journalism and the New Imperialism in the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. Focusing on selected individuals including W.T. Stead, Winston Churchill, Joseph Conrad, Henry Rider Haggard, G.W. Steevens, and Henry Morton Stanley, that project identified the special correspondent as a figure of particular importance in the relationship between the discourse and the practice of imperialism both in fiction and in fact.

I am now developing a new research project, under the working title ‘Minds on the Edge: Mental Health and the Imperial Frontier.’ Building on material emerging from my doctoral research, this project will examine the representation of mental illness in the British Empire in fiction and in journalism in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Dr Raluca GrosescuUniversity of ExeterMy research analyzes the trials held against former authoritarian leaders in post-communist Bulgaria, Romania and Germany and post-dictatorial Argentina and Paraguay. I particularly look at the relationship between accountability for human rights violation, legal culture and individual biographies in times of profound political change. I also try to connect Eastern Europe and Latin America to broader global processes of dealing with the past through transnational and comparative methods. Currently, I am co-editing with Dr. Agata Fijalkowski (University of Lancaster) a collection on transitional criminal justice in post-dictatorial and post-conflict societies for Intersentia's Series on Transitional Justice (forthcoming).
Liz HainesRoyal Holloway, University of LondonCurrently a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Science Museum, I am investigating cartography in British colonial Africa. The project Time and territorial value in colonial cartography: Northern Rhodesia, 1913-1955 describes the shift from the age of exploration with compass and sketchpad, to post-war industrial scale instruments, whether radar, plotters, or printers. One key aim is to reconsider the role of state, and private enterprise in producing a geographical representation of the territory. It examines the ways in which changes in cartographic technology reconfigured relationships between local administrative officials, international mining conglomerates, forestry agencies, town planners, private air survey and the RAF; between colonisers and colonised.
Dr Laure HumbertUniversity of ExeterMy PhD dissertation on 'France, international organizations and the Displaced Persons (DPs) problem in post-war Germany' explores how the French approached the problem of DPs in their Zone of Occupation. It examines how their assessments and policy responses developed as their occupation proceeded under the aegis of new multi-national relief agencies and transnational interest groups. Drawing on a wide range of untapped primary sources from various archives in France, Britain, Germany and the United States, it argues that distinctive diplomatic constraints, economic requirements and cultural differences influenced the thought and practices of refugee humanitarianism in the French zone, thereby contributing to the development of a distinctly French approach to relief.
Dr Simon HillLiverpool John Moores University Simon Hill recently passed his PhD Viva in History without corrections from Liverpool John Moores University. Simon’s research interest is British imperialism during the Long Eighteenth Century. However, he also enjoys teaching American, Chinese, and Japanese history too. Simon has taught at Liverpool Hope, Edge Hill, and Chester universities. He has received numerous research-travel awards, and his publication record is expanding.
Dr Robert IvermeeThe University of Kent and Heythrop College, University of Londonand Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent, traced a history of secularism in nineteenth century India through debates on education and law, focusing on Indian Muslim civil society and engagement with colonial authorities. I teach in the School of English at the University of Kent and work as Postdoctoral Research Coordinator at Heythrop College, University of London, organising cross-disciplinary research projects on the theme of religion and society. Wider research and teaching interests include nineteenth century Britain and its empire; modern South Asia; the Muslim world; colonial and postcolonial literature; and global experiences of faith and modernity. profile:
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Adam JollyThe University of East AngliaI am a PhD candidate and through my research I intend to demonstrate that it was Anglo-Russian relations, and not Anglo-German, which proved the driving force behind British foreign policy through the last decades of the nineteenth century. The importance of British foreign policy outside the confines of Europe has also been somewhat overlooked, as extra-European factors were just as important as the European factors in driving British policy. For example Central Asia, when you consider the threat to India and her buffer states, highlights the importance of Russia to British policy in an extra-European dimension which has so far been largely neglected by historians. It is this link between Central Asia and Europe, and therefore the role played between Britain's wider imperial power and her European interests, which will form the crux of my work.
Nicki KindersleyUniversity of DurhamMy work looks at the internal political organisation of South Sudanese communities in Khartoum from the mid-1960s to 2013. After working in Northern Bahr el Ghazal for most of 2013 with ex-Khartoum residents returned to the South, I am interested in how political and cultural activism and anti-government affiliations in Khartoum evolved and expressed alternative ‘southern’ identifications and nationalism. I am also interested in the politics of memory and political activity of migrant communities, and ideas of citizenship, community education, and local governance in South Sudan. I worked as a coordinator for the South Sudan National Archives project from mid-2012 until mid-2013. I blogged about my work here:

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Simon MackleyUniversity of ExeterI am a current research student at the University of Exeter, based within the Department of History and affiliated with the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society. I have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust-funded studentship in Modern Imperial History for my doctoral research, attached to the wider research project, 'The Rhetoric of Empire: Managing Imperial Conflict between Britain and France', led by Professor Martin Thomas and Professor Richard Toye.

My research explores the relationship of Empire to Liberal politics in Britain. Compelled to discuss the Empire during moments of crisis and political difficulty, Liberal speakers presented in their rhetoric a form of ‘Liberal Empire’. Through an analysis of the rhetoric deployed by British Liberals in discussing these moments of Imperial controversy, I intend to establish which ideas and traditions were central to this ‘Liberal Empire’. In doing so I aim to illuminate not only the ways in which Liberals presented an acceptable idea of Empire to their electorates, but also to explore the wider nature of the role of Empire in British politics.
Steve MartiUniversity of Western OntarioI am a Doctoral candidate at the University of Western Ontario, studying voluntary mobilization in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand during the First World War. My dissertation uses volunteerism as a lens to understand how different communities conceived of their relationship to the wider Empire. I examine how communities mobilized themselves in order to illuminate who was included or excluded from these communal efforts, and on what terms they offered their contributions to support the war overseas. A comparative model between the three dominions reveals how social and spatial factors altered how communities in the three dominions exercised their connection to the Empire through voluntary patriotic work. profile:"
Stephanie MawsonUniversity of CambridgeMy PhD thesis will examine the experience of empire in the Philippines and broader Spanish Pacific from the vantage point of non-Europeans. Whereas current scholarship tends to emphasise the remoteness of the archipelago, I aim to show that the Philippines was a place where the world met. The history of this extraordinary archipelago brings together Spanish merchants and royal officials, indigenous Filipinos, Mexican convicts, Chinese merchants, Islamic pirates, religious missionaries and a multiethnic, itinerant maritime labour force. All of these people interacted within the culturally diverse, yet political integrated context of Maritime Southeast Asia. The current historiography of the Spanish presence in the Philippines largely ignores this regional context, choosing instead to focus narrowly on the questions of how and why the Spanish were able to bring the people of the Philippines under imperial control. I would like to turn these questions on their head and ask how regional and local social relations constrained, conflicted with and ultimately shaped the Spanish project of empire within the Philippines. A thesis of this nature has the capacity to reshape our thinking not only of the Spanish Pacific, but also of the history of global interconnection. I believe that the history of the Philippines offers much in understanding the shaping of early modern colonialism, and presents itself as a crucible of global interactions which is essential to our understanding of modern world history.
Jehanne-Emmanuelle Monnier Independent ResearcherThe core of my research is the 19th century-Indian Ocean region. First, I worked on migrations, illegal slave-trade and indentured labour. Although my research mainly focused on the French colonies, it was very much linked to other colonial empires as well (British and Portuguese), and independent territories at that time (Madagascar, Zanzibar, Comoro islands). Willing to deal with the history of this area more in depth, I am currently undertaking research on science and medicine, drawing comparisons between the different colonial empires and the Indian Ocean and Europe. Along with my academic career, I am eager to share my findings with non-academic audiences and make the research accessible to the general public.
Jon MooreTulane UniversityI am an ABD PhD student at Tulane University in New Orleans. My dissertation, Imperial Cohorts: The Transformation of British Colonial Administration in Africa Between the Wars, explores how powerful elites in Britain attempted to create a homogenized, flexible, and highly trained colonial service. How the empire was understood, contested, and constructed “on the ground” during this period is obscured without understanding this process of professionalization. The meaning of what the British Empire would be – a laissez-faire, heterogeneous grouping or an efficient, professionalized singular unit – played out in these policy battles about the colonial administration.

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Liam MortonKing's College LondonI am a PhD student in History at King’s College London. My thesis focuses on British attempts to ‘pacify’ the North-West Frontier of India between 1897 and 1919. I will be arguing that historiography assumed that British ‘pacification strategies’ were consistently worked out. Within my research I will be exploring the concepts of ‘pacification’ and the ‘great game’ in order to redefine them in relation the events on the Frontier. A methodological tool that I will utilise is that of rumour which were prevalent on the Frontier.

My research interests also include Afghanistan and the First World War, Pan-Islamism and imperial and global history generally.

Kellie MossUniversity of Leicester My thesis proposes to explore the influence convict transportation had on the establishment of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia. There will be four main components to this research. Firstly it will briefly assess Britain’s attitude towards convict transportation, before moving on to explore in detail the convicts transported to the colony between 1850-1868, assessing the importance of their work in terms of the colony’s society, economy and their acceptance. Other components will involve the examination of the military and Irish convicts transported to the colony from Bermuda, India and Ireland, enabling an even wider understanding of Britain’s penal policies and the effect of transportation on a more global scale. Finally this study will investigate the legacy convict transportation has left behind on the identities of those living Western Australia.
Kalathmika NatarajanUniversity of Copenhagen Through my PhD thesis, 'Shared History' of Imperialism: Negotiating Entangled Identities in British-Indian Post-Imperial Relations, I’m aiming to write a ‘new diplomatic history’ of British-Indian relations after 1947 as a post-imperial negotiation of entangled identities, culture, and memory shaped by the colonial experience. I am concerned with unravelling the meanings of the phrase ‘shared history’—oft-used by politicians and diplomats while describing British-Indian interactions—that functions as a euphemism for the complex legacies of colonialism that have shaped the identity of the colonizer as much as those who were colonized.
Lori OatesUniversity of ExeterFor my thesis I am using a combination of cultural, political, and economic historical methodologies. My central question is 'what can an examination of gentlemanly capitalism, globalization, and growth in print culture during the nineteenth century tell us about the transmission of occultism between France and Britain from 1850-1900?' For my project, I will be setting key Victorian and French esotericists and esoteric societies in their cultural historical context. This will include an examination of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Theosophical Society, fringe Masonic Rites, and Le Droit Humain. Key esotericists to be examined include Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Kenneth Mackenzie, Eliphas Levi, Gerard Encausse, Helena Blatavatsky, Annie Besant, Anna Kingsford, MacGregor Mathers, and Lady Caithness. I have particular interests in India, the Indian Mutiny, and the Indian independence movement. My primary methodology is to pay particular attention to metahistories created by esotericists and esoteric societies. I will draw on primary and secondary sources at the British Library, Bibliotheque National, the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, the Hertfordshire County Archives, Knebworth House, and Oxford.
Ryan PattersonUniversity of ExeterI am a third-year history PhD student at the University of Exeter, a contributor to (former co-editor of) the Ex Historia journal, and an ardent conference presenter. My current work explores the portrayal and reception of novel military technology as constructed spectacle in the popular coverage of the British Abyssinian (1868) and Ashanti (1873-74) expeditions.

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Adam PrimeUniversity of LeicesterI am a PhD candidate at the School of History, University of Leicester. My thesis is intended to explore the Indian Army Officer Corps from the aftermath of the 1857 Mutiny until the conclusion of the Second World War. Taking in not only both World Wars but also the Second and Third Anglo-Afghan Wars, the Third Burma War, and fighting on the North-West Frontier. Up until attempts at Indianisation in the 1920’s the Indian Army was officered and commanded solely by British soldiers; it is the experience of these British men which my work will analyse. The thesis will look at the military aspects of the Officer Corps such as recruitment and training but also look at the social aspects of life In India. For example how the officers spent their free time and how they interacted with other aspects of Indian society, both European and native, will be assessed. My supervisors are Professor Clare Anderson and Dr. Prashant Kidambi.
Dr Charlotte L. RileyUniversity of YorkMy research explores the role of the Labour Party in imperial and postcolonial development in the colonies and former colonies in the twentieth century, tracing the connections between colonial development and official British overseas aid and development policies during decolonisation and after. I am also interested in the intersections between late colonial and postcolonial thought and practice on the issue of development, and particularly in the continuities of colonial personnel in NGOs such as Oxfam, the United Nations and the American Point Four/USAID programmes. I am keen to develop this research by looking at the ways in which aid and development have been used to create a new image at home and abroad for the United Kingdom, in the context of decolonisation and the loss of empire.
Tansy Kelly RobsonRoyal United Services Institute I am a Project Coordinator for the Royal United Services Institute with research interests in geo-economic security, strategic commercial networks of strategic influence and nineteenth century military history and informal networks of empire. Currently researching how the development dynamics of Britain’s nineteenth century imperial commercial networks still affect its ability to wield strategic influence in the modern world, with particular interest in the role of the financial sector and free trade.

I hold a Bachelors in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Masters in Global Politics (specialising in International Political Economy) from the University of London, Birkbeck. Background spans both the private and public sectors, including working for Baronesses Susan Kramer and Jenny Tonge, the Foreign Policy Centre and in marketing procurement and supply chain management at Jaguar Land Rover.

Katy RoscoeUniversity of LeicesterI am a first year PhD student working on an ERC-funded project Carceral Archipelago at the University of Leicester, led by Prof. Clare Anderson . My research looks at the construction and experience of space on the Australian penal colonies Rottnest and Cockatoo Islands from 1839 till 1918. Profile:
Dr Daniel O. SpenceUniversity of the Free State; Leiden UniversityI am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Visiting Fellow at Leiden University, and Innovation Scholar with the National Research Foundation of South Africa. My primary research interests are in twentieth-century imperial and transnational maritime history, addressing issues of racial identity, imperial discourses of power, colonial navalism, the cultural impact of war, and the role of the navy in post-colonial nation-building. I hold a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University, where I was also Lecturer in Imperial and International History. I am a member of the British Empire at War Research Group, AEGIS Collaborative Research Group on Africa in the Indian Ocean, and the Center for International Maritime Security. I have conducted archival and oral research in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Kenya, Zanzibar, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. My debut monograph, Colonial naval culture and British imperialism,1922-1967, is forthcoming in Manchester University Press' 'Studies in Imperialism' series, while I am writing A History of the Royal Navy: Empire and Imperialism for I.B. Tauris, and furthering my global research into the imperial ideology of 'seafaring race' theory.

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Dr Joanna WarsonUniversity of PortsmouthMy research examines French policies towards and perceptions of Anglophone Africa during the era of decolonisation. My PhD thesis explored French involvement in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1947-1980, challenging notions of exceptionality associated with Franco-African relations, and revealing connections and cross-influences between the decolonisation process in Anglophone and Francophone Africa. My post-doctoral research builds upon this work, by analysing French policies towards other areas of Anglophone Africa, particularly British colonies in West Africa.

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Robert WhitakerUniversity of Texas at AustinI am a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation, "Policing Globalization: The Imperial Origins of International Police Cooperation, 1918-1960" studies the relationship between the British Empire and international police organizations, such as Interpol. My main areas of research include empire, globalization, modern Europe, and policing. In addition to my doctoral work, I serve as an Assistant General Editor for the journal Britain and the World. Profile: