Professor Deborah Oxley
BA, MA, PhD, FRHistS
University Academic Fellow since 2007
Professor of Social Science History
My key research interests: Height and health in history; Body mass - a new frontier in anthropometrics; Micro-economics of the household; Penal transportation to Australia; Coercive labour systems; Colonial Australian development; Crime and punishment in Great Britain and Ireland.
- University Lecturer in Social History (from 2007)
- VCs Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Economics (1994-6); ARC Research Fellow in Economic History (1997-2000); ARC Senior Research Fellow in Economic History (2000-1); Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Policy (2002-5); and finally Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics, University of New South Wales (from 1994 to 2007)
- Lecturer in Economic History, University of Melbourne (from 1990 to 1993)
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate, New South Wales (from 1982 to 1989)
- Study of Australian convicts (including gender studies, comparative coercive labour systems, labour markets, colonial economic development, and migration)
- Nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland, focussing on the impact of economic change on the economy and society; in particular, the microeconomics of the household, living standards, health and welfare, and the history of crime and punishment
- (with Sara Horrell and David Meredith), ‘Measuring misery: Body mass, ageing and gender inequality in Victorian London’, Explorations in Economic History 46(2009), pages 93–119.
- (with David Meredith), ‘Contracting convicts: The convict labour market in Van Diemen’s Land 1840-1857’, Australian Economic History Review (2005).
- ‘Living standards of women in prefamine Ireland’, Social Science History (2004).
- ‘“The seat of death and terror”: Urbanisation, stature and smallpox’, Economic History Review (2003).
- (with Sara Horrell), ‘Work and prudence: Household responses to income variation in nineteenth-century Britain’, European Review of Economic History (2000).
- Convict maids: The forced migration of women to Australia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Teaching and supervision
- Convenor of the M.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees in Economic and Social History, teaching in several of the core courses
- An Advanced Paper on the history of Crime and Punishment
- Undergraduate course on quantitative methods for historians
- Biometric measures of wellbeing in history
- The family
- Crime and punishment
- Australian colonial history, especially labour and demographic
Research awards and grants
- Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship: Weighty Matters (from 2014 to 2017).
- Collaborative: AHRC Digital Transformations: The Digital Panopticon (from 2013 to 2016).