I was born and grew up in Bridgend, South Wales, where I attended Brynteg Comprehensive School. After my A-levels I went to the University of Exeter to study for a degree in History, before coming to Oxford for postgraduate study. I received a D.Phil. in History in 2014.
I have since worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol (2014-17), and as a Teaching Associate in International Political Economy at the University of Cambridge (2017-18). In the latter role I was the Director of Studies in Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
I teach nineteenth and twentieth century British, European and World History.
My research focuses on the history and political economy of Britain in the twentieth century, with a concentration on three key themes: (1) the position of the financial sector within British capitalism; (2) Britain’s place in the world economy after the end of empire; and (3) the political economy of asset ownership.
In my first book, which was published as part of the Oxford Historical Monographs series, I examined the relationship between the City of London (the home of Britain’s domestic and international financial sector) and the political-economic project of industrial social democracy in the two decades prior to 1979. In this work I demonstrated how changes to the domestic and international financial system in the period undermined the capacity of the British state to sustain and develop a ‘modern’ industrial economy, which in turn created the conditions for the Thatcherite economic revolution during the 1980s.
I am nearing completion of a second book, co-written with Prof Hugh Pemberton and Dr James Freeman, on the reform of Britain’s pension system in the 1980s. In this book we examine how neoliberal activists, committed to the ‘deinstitutionalisation’ of private pensions in order to create a society of individual investor-capitalists, radicalised the Conservative approach to retirement provision in the 1980s.
My current research focuses on two separate topics: the British response to the international campaign for a re-ordering of the global economy (the ‘New International Economic Order’) during the 1960s & 1970s; and the history of home ownership between the housebuilding boom of the 1930s and the house price crash of the 1990s.
The City of London and Social Democracy: the political economy of finance in Britain, 1959-1979 (Oxford University Press: 2017)
Risking Retirement: Thatcherism and the Reform of British Pensions. (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2021) [with Hugh Pemberton & James Freeman]
The Neoliberal Age? Britain in the Late Twentieth Century. (UCL Press, forthcoming 2021) [edited with Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite & Ben Jackson]
The United Kingdom Economy since 1918 (Agenda, forthcoming 2022)
Articles & Book Chapters
‘The Evolution of British Monetarism, c. 1968-79’, Oxford Working Papers in Economic and Social History, No. 104 (2012)
‘Right to Buy: the development of a Conservative housing policy, 1945-80’, Contemporary British History, 27:4 (2013), 421-44.
‘‘Everyman a Capitalist’ or ‘Free to Choose’? Exploring the tensions within Thatcherite Individualism’, Historical Journal, 61:2 (2018), 477-501. [with Hugh Pemberton & James Freeman]
‘Pension Funds and the Politics of Ownership in Britain, c. 1970-86’, Twentieth Century British History, 30:1 (2019), 81-107.
‘Fiscal Promises: Tax and spending in British general elections since 1964’ in Richard Toye & David Thackeray (eds.), Electoral Pledges in Britain since 1918: The Politics of Promises, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). [with Peter Sloman]
‘The Financialisation of Britain, 1960-2000’, in Aled Davies, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, & Ben Jackson (eds.), The Neoliberal Age? Britain in the Late Twentieth Century, (UCL Press, forthcoming 2021).
‘The Economy: State and Society’, in Laura Beers (ed.), New Cambridge History of Britain: Britain since 1900, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
‘Britain and the International Political Economy of Petrodollars, 1974-76’ (in progress)
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