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Pam Sharpe trained at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, and then was a post doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Essex before becoming Lecturer in Social and Economic History at the University of Bristol. She was ARC QE11 Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and then Convenor of the ARC Network for Early European Research. She was appointed Professor of History at UTAS in 2006. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2007 and to their Executive Council in 2010 as Hon. Treasurer.
Please click here to link to the UTas Web Access Research Portal (WARP) which lists Pam's funded projects, graduate research supervision and publication information.
Pam Sharpe's research interests centre on the history of human well-being in England and the British colonies from c.1600-1900. She has researched and published about the history of women, children, demography, poverty and textiles from seventeenth to nineteenth-century Britain. She is working on a book about Population and Well-being in England c.1650-1850 and has recently co-edited Accommodating Poverty: The Housing and Living Arrangements of the English Poor c.1600-1850 (Palgrave, 2011). As an economic and social historian she is interested in the history of everyday life, for example, dress and food, as well as historical geography and spatial history.
She is also particularly interested in issues about displaced children, adoption, orphans, fostering and the methodology of related research. She is working with the Demographic Database at Umea University, Sweden on the history of fostering and foster parents. She is also working on the history of the mining communities of Gwalia and Leonora in Western Australia. Her Australian Research Council Linkage Project centres around oral history interviews with some 85 people from this area.
With an interdisciplinary research team, Sharpe has also been working on a historical atlas of Hobart and Tasmania - this is currently at prototype stage. She has a long-standing commitment to local and regional history. She believes that local research and global research are intertwined and that history and heritage should be a vital part of community engagement. Download a PDF document by clicking here to read more about Atlas Proof of Concept...
Professor Sharpe is currently organising a workshop with Dr Barbara Hartley about the history of textiles in East Asia. This will take place at the University Staff Club, UTAS on Friday 7 December 2012.
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Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
15 October, 2012