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University of York
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History of science, technology and medicine, twentieth century Britain, British Empire, development, East Africa, Caribbean
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About Me

I am a historian of science, technology and medicine who focusses on the history of the British Empire between 1914 and 1965. My work considers the function of scientific research and experts in state-led projects such as industrialisation, agricultural development and public health. In my work I have explored what British experts and policy makers meant when they talked about ‘developing’ Britain’s colonies after 1940. I am currently researching the history of pesticides in Britain, the Caribbean and Africa between 1920 and 1965. This project will produce a new history of DDT and other chemicals.

Recent Publications

“Competitive Cooperation and Public Health: VD Control in the British Colony of Trinidad and Tobago During WWII”, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, (2020) 48 (3), 540-546.

Science at the end of empire: Experts and the development of the British Caribbean, 1940-62, (Manchester University Press, 2018).

The research council system and the politics of medical and agricultural research for the British Colonial Empire, 1940–52, Medical History, (2013) 57 (3), 338-358

Pure science with a practical aim: the meanings of fundamental research in Britain, circa 1916–1950, (2010), Isis, 101 (2), 285-311


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Caribbean, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Medicine, Science, Technology