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Dr Richard D Sheldon

B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Birm.)

  • BS8 1TB

19962021

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Personal profile

Research interests

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 research interests lie in three main areas:

British history 1700-1860, 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.

I am currently working on economic underdevelopment and famines under imperial rule since 1750.

Research supervision

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)

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)

 My current students are working on a variety of projects including popular protest in Somerset and Dorset 1783-1867; 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

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Research Output

Figuring out the population bomb. Politics, science and demography 1948-2030

Sheldon, R. D., 2021, Sustainability and complexity: towards a post-disciplinary approach. Springer London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Famine, Colonialism and Underdevelopment

Sheldon, R. D., 2020, (In preparation) Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. 2 ed. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Activities

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Media coverage or participation

Adam Smith's Invisible Hand

Richard D Sheldon (Participant)

30 Apr 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaelogical society

Richard D Sheldon (Participant)

25 Mar 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Lecture 'Commercial Utopias of the Enlightenment: Smith and Condorcet on the Market and the State'

Richard D Sheldon (Participant)

9 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Thesis

From observatory to dominion: geopolitics, colonial knowledge and the origins of the British Protectorate of the Ionian Islands, 1797-1822

Author: Zarokostas, E., 6 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Potter, S. (Supervisor) & Sheldon, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Spaces, Places, Custom and Protest in Rural Somerset and Dorset, c. 1780-1867.

Author: Baker, L., 23 Jan 2020

Supervisor: Sheldon, R. D. (Supervisor) & Thompson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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The felt hat industry of Bristol and South Gloucestershire, 1530-1909

Author: Heal, C. J., 2012

Supervisor: Sheldon, R. (Supervisor) & Jones, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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