Professor Alison Bashford

School of Humanities & Languages


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Room 243, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus


Alison Bashford is Research Professor and Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program. Her work connects the history of science, global history, and environmental history into new assessments of the modern world, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. She has recently focused on the geopolitics of world population, presented in two books: The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Re-reading the Principle of Population, with Joyce E. Chaplin (Princeton University Press, 2016) and Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth (Columbia University Press, 2014). Before taking up her Research Chair at UNSW, Alison Bashford was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Trustee of Royal Museums, Greenwich, UK. In 2009-10, she was the Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. She has researched and taught at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. Alison Bashford is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In May 2018, she presented the Wiles Lectures at Queen's University, Belfast. 



    • Bashford A;Chaplin JE, 2016, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus Rereading the "Principle of Population", Princeton University Press
    • Bashford A, 2014, Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth, Columbia University Press, New York

    Book Chapters

    • Bashford A, 2017, 'The Pacific Ocean', in Armitage D; Bashford A; Sivasundaram S (ed.), Oceanic Histories, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 62 - 84

    Journal articles

    Edited Books

    • 2017, Oceanic Histories, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • 2016, Quarantine: Local and Global Histories, Palgrave, Basingstoke
    • 2014, Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People