In 2012-3 I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Profutur project, hosted jointly by the Centre de Recherches Historiques (EHESS–CNRS, Paris) and the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (ENS–CNRS, Paris). The aim of the project was to explore the ‘anticipatory’ or future-oriented techniques of 18th- and 19th-century Europe. My work, in particular, was on Charles Babbage, risk and insurance.
In 2010 I convened a symposium on the idea of the Industrial Revolution, held in Cambridge.
In 2009-10 I was a Postgraduate Editor of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth-Century, a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal run by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.