I have completed my PhD, in the department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. I completed my postgraduate Masters in International Relations at Warwick (2006 - 2007) and I received an MA(Hons) from St Andrews University in International Relations (2002 - 2006).
My current research focuses on understanding imperialism as a state strategy manifest as a relationship between states, and the implications this understanding has for the study of the British Empire. To this end, I am pursuing both theoretical and empirical avenues for clarifying and supporting this position, looking particularly at open Marxism and Britain's relations with its colonies in the immediate post-war period. I am currently writing a defence of open Marxism (with Pinar Donmez) and an analysis of Malayan independence and its implications for British economic policy, as well as turning my PhD thesis into a research monograph.
My future research agenda centres on a research project analysing the ill-fated Groundnut Scheme in British East Africa from 1947-1951, which saw an attempt by the British state to develop the economy of one of its poorest colonies to provide a substitute source of cooking oil for the British home market during post-war rationing. The project presents this scheme in terms of British and global political economy, focusing particularly on the limits of state action during times of crisis and austerity.
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