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Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall
Jesus College
Jesus Lane

Cambridge CB5 8BL


I am a Smuts Scholar at Jesus College, where I am working towards a PhD in History under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Bell. My research concerns the suite of British colonisation companies that flourished in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, among them the Canada Company, the South Australian Company and the New Zealand Company. I am particularly interested in assessing these companies in light of the global history of capitalism.

Prior to starting my doctorate, I served as the Editor for Learnerbly, an education technology platform launched by Rajeeb Dey. I hold an MPhil in Political Thought & Intellectual History from Cambridge and an MA(Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews.

Other Professional Activities

Professional Membership 

Australian Historical Association

Pacific History Association

Awards & Prizes 

John Higley Prize Winner 

Canada–UK Foundation Travel Award 

Holland Rose Grant 

Smuts Research Grant 



  • International History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Imperial History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Colonial Capitalism and the Dilemmas of Liberalism, by Onur Ulas Ince, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 47:1, 193-195