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DPhil Candidate in Global and Imperial History, University of Oxford, University of Oxford

Olivia Durand is completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Oxford, working in Global and Imperial History. Her current research focuses on the wider history of settler colonialism, imperial competition and emulation across the Northern hemisphere in the long nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the role of imagined communities in settler and imperial environments.

At the University of Oxford, Olivia is a convener of the Transnational and Global History Seminar and is on the steering committee of the Colonial Ports and Global History network at TORCH.

In addition to her research, Olivia is passionate about Public Engagement with research, and in 2018 she co-founded Uncomfortable Oxford, a social enterprise that runs public engagement tours, workshops and lectures addressing difficult legacies of the past in our shared present.


  • 2018–present
    Director, Uncomfortable Oxford
  • –present
    Doctoral student, University of Oxford


  • 2014 
    Université Paris Sorbonne, Master of Arts / English
  • 2014 
    Université Paris Sorbonne, Master of Arts / History