Research Output per year
I am a social and economic historian by training and role but I also have strong interests in the history of ideas. This means I sometimes work on international comparisons over long periods of time and at other times study individual thinkers in close context.
My core interests lie in these main areas:
Global history 1700-1950,
British especially the history of radicalism and protest movements
The comparative study of famines and famine relief c.1700 to the present
The history of social and economic thought including demography.
I am currently working on economic underdevelopment and famines under imperial rule since 1750.
I welcome enquiries from prospective students wishing to research any topics linked to my interests. Past completions include:
Julian Davies, 'Artisans and the City: A Social History of Bristol's Shoemakers and Tailors, 1770-1800' (PhD 2003), joint supervision with Dr Kirsty Reid
Chris Heal, 'The hatting industry of Bristol & South Gloucestershire, 1540-1900' (PhD, 2012), Joint supervisor with Dr Evan Jones
Peter Evans, 'British and American Socialist Utopian Literature, c.1888-1900' (PhD, 2014), Joint supervisor with Dr James Thompson
Grace Di Meo 'Trial and Retribution: Gender, Murder and Justice in London, 1815-1868' (MPhil, 2015) Joint supervisor with James Thompson
Joe Krulder, 'Admiral Byng's British Execution' (PhD, 2015)
James Banfield, 'Police, Political Economy And The Crisis Of Security: Considering Patrick Colquhoun In The History Of British Economic Thought, 1770-1810' (MPhil, 2017)
Roger Bingham, 'The National Smelting Site at Avonmouth, Bristol: Government and the Market in Local, National and International Context' (PhD, 2018)
Evangelos Zarokostas, 'From observatory to dominion: geopolitics, colonial knowledge and the origins of the British Protectorate of the Ionian Islands, 1797-1822' (PhD, 2018)
Daniel O' Brien, 'The Funeral as an Opportunity for Social Display 1700-1820' (PhD, 2018)
Leonard Baker, 'Spaces, Places, Custom and Protest in Rural Somerset and Dorset, c. 1780-1867' (PhD, 2019)
My current students are working on a variety of projects including Gender and Crime in the nineteenth century; The Development of the Railway System in the English West; Franz Borkenau and the idea of Totalitarianism.
Structured keywords and research groupings
- Urban Research Cluster
- Cabot Institute Food Security Research
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book
Review of Richard Olney. Farming and Society in North Lincolnshire: The Dixons of Holton-Le-Moor, 1741–1906. The Lincoln Record Society. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2018Sheldon, R. D., 24 Oct 2019, In : Journal of British Studies. 58, 4, p. 827 829 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)
Activities per year