Dr Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson's research lies at the intersection of imperial history, the history of South Asia (and its borderlands), the history of science, environmental history, and historical geography. It centres on colonial knowledge of space, environment, and people during the long nineteenth century, looking especially at how information was produced, communicated, and contested in 'field sciences' such as cartography and anthropology.
Having focused primarily on colonial India's frontier regions during his PhD and early postdoctoral career, Dr. Simpson's recent and ongoing research considers upland spaces and empires in modern Asia more broadly. From 2020 to 2024, he will work on the Leverhulme-funded project 'Making Climate History' in the Departments of Geography and Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, examining changing understandings of climate across various scientific disciplines and diverse sites around the globe from c.1780 to c.1980.