Sabine Clarke
Lecturer in Modern History

Profile

Biography

BSc (Birmingham), PGCE (Oxon), MSc, PhD (Imperial)

Sabine Clarke is a Lecturer in Modern History. She works on the place of science and technology in the British imperial enterprise between 1914 and 1965 with a particular interest in colonial development. She is currently preparing a monograph on British plans to develop the West Indies entitled New Uses for Sugar: Visions of Industrial Development for the British West Indies. Her next project compares the development, marketing and deployment of DDT and other synthetic insecticides for farming and disease control in Britain and its colonies.

Research

Overview

Sabine is a historian of science and imperialism who looks at the place of science and technology in British plans for colonial and post-colonial development. She is particularly interested in the relationship between scientific research and economic and social development.

Projects

Sabine is currently writing her first book New Uses for Sugar: Visions of Industrial Development for the British West Indies. The book shows that rather than working to purposively frustrate economic diversification as has often been claimed, British policy after 1940 for the Caribbean embodied a radical vision of industrial development in which science was key.

Her next project, which is in its early stages, expands on the theme of science and development identified in her project on the West Indies. It compares the development, marketing and deployment of DDT and other synthetic insecticided for farming and disease control in Britain and its colonies during the twentieth century.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

External activities

Memberships

  • Chair of the British Society for the History of Science Outreach and Education Committee
  • Member of the Programmes Committee of the British Society for the History of Science

Contact details

Dr Sabine Clarke
Vanbrugh College V/204
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2974, External (01904) 322974