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Dr Tim Causer
203
Wolfson House
London
NW1 2HE
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • The Bentham Project
  • Faculty of Laws
Biography

Tim completed his PhD at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College, London, which investigated and challenged the prevailing myths about the notorious penal station at Norfolk Island (1825-55), by examining previously underused archival sources. 

He received his undergraduate MA (2004) and Master of Letters (2006) degrees in History from the University of Aberdeen.


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Tim Causer joined the Bentham Project in 2010. Until the end of 2015 he was responsible for the co-ordination of the award-winning crowdsourced transcription initiative, Transcribe Bentham. He also worked on the EU-funded tranScriptorium programme, which developed solutions for the searching, indexing and full transcription by machines of historic handwritten manuscripts. 

He is currently working on Jeremy Bentham’s writings on convict transportation, colonialism, and imperialism for the AHRC-funded project, ‘Convict Australia and Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham’s Writings on Australia.’ One of the main outputs of this work will be a volume of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, containing three seminal texts: the 'Letters to Lord Pelham', and 'A Plea for the Constitution', otherwise known as Panopticon versus New South Wales; ; and the never before published 'Colonization Society Proposal'. This research will help to shed more light on the failure of Bentham’s panopticon prison scheme, and on the enduring importance of his critique of transportation.

Tim’s research interests are in the histories of convict transportation, crime and punishment, colonial Australia. In 2014 he travelled to Norfolk Island to appear in an episode of Coast Australia, and he recently published an edition of Memorandoms by James Martin—the earliest Australian convict narrative, which is in the Bentham Papers—with UCL Press.

Teaching Summary

LAWSG021/021A: Jeremy Bentham the Utilitarian Tradition (LLM module)

Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Australian History University of London
2006 MLitt Master of Literature – History University of Aberdeen
2004 MA Master of Arts – History University of Aberdeen
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