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I am interested in British imperial, maritime, transnational, global and transoceanic history. I am particularly interested in the material infrastructures of global networks, and how these facilitated the mobility of goods, people, militaries and empires.

My research thus far has looked at how the expansion of a steam-powered Royal Navy in the second half of the nineteenth century had wider ramifications across the British empire. Steam propulsion made vessels less subject to the vagaries of tides, winds and currents, but it also made them utterly dependent on a particular resource – coal – and its distribution around the world. My research assesses how this created geopolitical tensions, required large infrastructures, as well as labour forces, and also engendered cultural connections around the globe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Imperial History
  • Naval History
  • British History
  • Oceanic History

Publications

  1. ‘I wish I could get hold of that man who first found coal’ – Coaling warships with naval labour, 1870-1914’. Mariners’ Mirror
  2. (2014). Black Diamonds: Coal, the Royal Navy, and British Imperial Coaling Stations, circa 1870−1914.. (PhD).
  3. (2014). Black diamonds: Coal and Imperial Coaling infrastructure circa. 1870-1914. Presented at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference,
  4. Carnarvon, Coal Consciousness, and the End of Liberal Imperial Indifference?. Trafalgar Chronicle 23, 213-228.
  5. Review: Oceania under Steam: Sea Transport and the Cultures of Colonialism c.1870–1914. The Mariner's Mirror, 99, no. 2 (2013) 99(2 (2013)), 249-251.

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