Dr Oscar Webber

Dr Oscar Webber

LSE Teaching Fellow

Department of International History

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Key Expertise
Environmental History, Caribbean History, British Empire, Natural Disasters

About me

Dr Oscar Webber’s research broadly focuses on the environmental history of the British Empire. He is specifically interested in responses to nature-induced disasters within the Empire and what their legacy has been for disaster preparedness in previously colonised regions. Oscar is currently writing his first book titled Negotiating Relief and Freedom: Responses to disaster in the British Caribbean, 1812-1907. It will be published in 2022 by Manchester University Press as part of their ‘Studies in Imperialism’ series. This book will shed new light on the ways in which the organisation of British colonialism in the Caribbean region shaped experiences of disaster. It will also explore the linkages between domestic poor relief policy and the forms in which disaster relief was distributed in the Caribbean. Oscar’s wider research interests concern environmental encounters and human responses to disaster more broadly. He is also currently in the process of researching the colonial governments of Sir William Reid (Bermuda, 1839-1846) and Sir Charles Bruce (Mauritius, 1897-1903) two governors who unlike their counterparts in the central Caribbean did much to increase hurricane resilience and preparedness in their colonies. This work is targeted for journal publication in 2020.

Before joining LSE in 2019, Oscar completed both his PhD (2018) and MA in Modern History (2015) at the University of Leeds where he also taught extensively. Before that, he completed his BA in History at the University of Hull.

Expertise Details

Environmental History; Caribbean History; The British Empire; Nature-Induced Disasters



Awards and grants

  • 2017. University of Leeds, Faculty of Arts mobility grant
  • 2017. European Environmental History Society conference travel grant
  • 2016. Royal Historical Society research travel grant
  • 2016. Economic History Society research travel grant
  • 2016. British Society for the History of Science research travel grant
  • 2016. University of Leeds, School of History research travel grant
  • 2015-2018. University of Leeds 110th Anniversary Research Scholarship
  • 2014. University of Hull Civic and Social Responsibility award