My contact details email@example.com@history.ox.ac.uk Associate Member of the History Faculty in economic and social history. Main interests in economic development policy in Britain's tropical colonies, 1850-1960, Australia in the global economy, convict Australia, British living standards during industrialisation.
I received my training in economic history at the University of Exeter, 1967-1973. Between 1973 and 2007 I taught economic history at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Since 2008 I have been an Associate Member of the History Faculty. I have taught and supervised in the Masters programme in Economic and Social History. My first research area concerned economic development policy in Britain's tropical colonies, 1850-1960, with particular emphasis on the inter-war and Second World War years. Teaching at UNSW led me into various research projects on Australian economic history, in particular the history of Australia in the global (formerly international) economy. There could hardly be a more dramatic example of globalisation than the sudden invasion by Britain of south-east Australia to establish a penal settlement there in 1788. How that turned out and its contribution to Australia's long term economic and social development became another focus of my research. Thanks to meticulous record-keeping, we know a great deal about the British and Irish people transported to Australia in the early nineteenth century, including how tall they were. This information contributed to anthropometric studies of the British and Irish populations in the nineteenth century and, upon discovering that British prison registers also recorded the weights of individuals, to studies in historical body mass. I have conducted collaborative research projects with a number of scholars over the decades, but none have been as productive or enjoyable as those with undertaken with my wife, Dr Deborah Oxley.