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BSc (Birmingham), PGCE (Oxford), MSc (Imperial College), PhD (London)
Sabine Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Modern History. She works on the history of science, technology and medicine in Britain and its colonial empire between WWI and 1965, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and East Africa. Her monograph, Science at the End of Empire: Experts and the Development of the British Caribbean, 1940-1965 is published by Manchester University Press. Sabine's current project explore the use of insecticides in locust control campaigns during and after the Second World War.
Sabine is a historian of science, technology, medicine and imperialism who works on the history of British plans for its colonies after 1940. She is interested in the relationship between scientific research and visions of economic and social development.
Sabine's book, Science at the End of Empire: Experts and the Development of the British Caribbean, 1940-1965, shows that rather than working to purposively frustrate economic diversification as has often been claimed, British policy for the Caribbean after 1940 embodied a vision of industrial development in which laboratory research into finding new uses for sugar was key.
Her current project is called "Insects, Empire and Britain's 'Warfare State'". It explores the ways in which the experience of war and re-armament shaped the locust control work that was done in Britain’s colonies between 1945 and 1965. This project is funded by a British Academy Small Grant.