Katy Roscoe, Pearsall Fellow

Convict Labour in Britain's Imperial Dockyards

Katherine recently finished her PhD in History at the University of Leicester, supervised by Professor Clare Anderson and Dr Katherine Foxhall. Her doctoral research explored the use of islands for the incarceration of Indigenous and European convicts off the Australian continent during (time). Sitting at the intersection of maritime, colonial and convict history, it shows the essential role islands played in colonial governance and expansion. Her PhD was part of Clare Anderson’s European Research Council Carceral Archipelago project on global convict transportation and her research is showcased in the project blog and Convict Voyages website. She tweets from @katwee_.

Katherine’s new research project is on the role of convict labour in building Britain’s imperial dockyards at Bermuda and Gibraltar. She is interested in the role of coerced labour in imperial expansion through the building of maritime infrastructure and how convicts accrued experience working in naval trades through their transoceanic carceral journeys.

Katherine works as a Research Assistant for The Bentham Project (UCL) and has taught at the University of Leicester. She was awarded a National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association Postgraduate Scholarship in 2016 and the Australian Bicentennial Scholarship from the Menzies Centre of Australian Studies (Kings College London) in 2014. She has also published in Studies in Western Australian History (2016), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (2017) and co-convened a special issue on ‘Networks in Imperial History’ in the Journal of World History (2015).