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Theme Leadership Fellow

Professor Andrew Thompson was appointed Care for the Future Leadership Fellow in December 2012. As part of this Fellowship, he provides intellectual, leadership and strategic advice on the development of Care for the Future, and takes a lead in building a community of scholars, identifying and developing cross-cutting themes and fostering synergies between thematic activities.

He is Chair of Modern History at the University of Exeter. Prior to this he served as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds. He sits on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is co-editor of the Manchester University Press Studies in Imperialism series.

Professor Thompson’s research focuses on the relationships between British, Imperial and Global histories. One major strand of his interests has been the effects of empire on British private and public life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Another has been the study of imperial migrations, including the emigration of people from Britain to the 'new' world before 1945, and the immigration of people from Britain's former colonies after 1945. He has also written about the history of colonial South Africa, informal empire in Latin America, and public memories of empire. His most recent book is 'Empire and Globalisation. Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World, 1850-1914' (Cambridge, 2010), co-authored with Professor Gary Magee, an economist at Monash University. In his Leadership Fellow role, he is researching the relationship between an imperial past and a post-imperial present. 'Afterlives of Empire: Thinking Forward through an Imperial Past' explores the legacies of colonialism for overseas policy, humanitarianism and human rights, multiculturalism and globalization – showing how the history of empire is of our time.

Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past themes leadership website.