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Sam Robinson
Postdoctoral Research Associate



  • PhD in History of Science and Technology, University of Manchester
  • MA in History, University of Aberdeen

Following a MA degree in History from the University of Aberdeen, he completed a PhD in History of Science and Technology at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. Along with Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the Universities of York (Sociology), Aberystwyth (History), Manchester (CHSTM), and Southampton (SMMI). In addition to teaching lectureships at the University of Kent (History) and the University of Cambridge (History and Philosophy of Science). Before re-joining the Department in 2023.

Sam’s main research interests are in the relationship between science and society. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is also the vice-president of the International Commission for the History of Oceanography (ICHO) and the Commission of Science, Technology and Diplomacy of the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Science Council. As well as the conference chair of the British Society for the History of Science, and a member of the History of Science committee of the British Science Association. Sam will be working with Dr Amanda Rees on the ECLAS project. 


Selected publications


Robinson, S. (2018) Ocean Science and the British Cold War State. London: Palgrave Macmillan, UK. 10.1007/978-3-319-73096-7

Journal Articles

Robinson, S. (2021) Scientific Imaginaries and Science Diplomacy: The Case of Ocean Exploitation. Centaurus. 10.1111/1600-0498.12342

Robinson, S. (2020) Early Twentieth-Century Ocean Science Diplomacy. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. 10.1525/hsns.2020.50.4.384

Robinson, S. (2020) Innovation in a crisis: rethinking conferences and scholarship in a pandemic and climate emergency. British Journal for the History of Science. 10.1017/s0007087420000497

Robinson, S., Camprubí, L. (2016) A Gateway to Ocean Circulation: Surveillance and Sovereignty at Gibraltar. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. 10.1525/hsns.2016.46.4.429

Book Chapters

Robinson, S. (2014) Stormy Seas: Anglo-American Negotiations on Ocean Surveillance, in S. Turchetti & P. Roberts, The Surveillance Imperative. London, Palgrave Macmillan, UK. 10.1057/9781137438744_6



Contact details

Dr Sam Robinson
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Sociology
University of York
YO10 5GD