In 2012-3 I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Profutur project, hosted jointly by the Centre de Recherches Historiques (EHESSCNRS, Paris) and the Institut d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine (ENSCNRS, 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 2011, I was a researcher on the Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Abandoning the Past in an Age of Progress’ and a member of the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.

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.

Between March and June 2009, I was a resident scholar at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.