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Academic interests

  • Imperial History
  • International History
  • Economic History


Dr Jonas Fossli Gjersø was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2015. His thesis re-examined Britain's motives behind the partition of East Africa and was entitled: ‘Continuity of Moral Policy’: A Reconsideration of British Motives for the Partition of East Africa in light of Anti-Slave Trade Policy and Imperial Agency, 1878-96. The project was supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis and was examined by Professor John Darwin of the University of Oxford and Professor Ian Phimister of the University of the Free State. His research findings refuted the Egypto-centric strategic explanatory model of the East African partition and proposed a new theory in which partition largely represented the cost-effective transplantation of British anti-slave trade policy from the maritime to the continental sphere, a shift facilitated by railway technology.

At the LSE Dr Gjersø taught "From Empire to Independence: the Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century" and "International History since 1890", and at Goldsmiths College, University of London he taught and lectured on the course entitled "Empires in Comparative Perspective: Imperium Romanum to Pax Americana". Prior to academia he worked in the maritime industry as a shipping analyst.

Here at the University of Oslo Dr Gjersø is employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the project entitled "Statoils historie" (the history of Statoil) and will research the company's strategies of international expansion between 1980 and 2014.

  • PhD International History (LSE, 2015)
  • MSc in the History of Empires (LSE, 2010)
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business with Maritime Law (University of Plymouth, 2006)


Tags: History, Imperial History, International History, Economic History, British Empire, Slave Trade, East Africa, Contemporary History, Oil History
Published Jan. 3, 2017 2:17 PM - Last modified July 28, 2020 12:15 PM