My research interests focus predominantly upon the cultural dimensions of imperialism and globalization in the Victorian period. My first book, entitled Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New World Order, was published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth Century Writing and Culture Series in 2009.
Building upon this work, I have continued to explore how different forms of 19th-century Anglophone culture can be understood with relation to the heightened global connectivity and intensified world-level forces that characterised the period. My current research project draws on ecological and imperial history in order to consider how Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction can be linked to the global growth of Britain’s meat markets.
Funding from the Wellcome Trust allowed me to lead an international, interdisciplinary symposium entitled ‘Protein Pressures and Carnivorous Crises: Human Health, Animal Welfare and the Global Growth of C19th and C21st Meat Markets’ in 2018.