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Dr Steven Gray

  • Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD, FRGS
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Naval History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6083
  • Email: steven.gray@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am interested in British imperial, maritime, transnational, global and transoceanic history. I am particularly interested in the material infrastructures of global networks, and how these facilitated the mobility of goods, people, militaries and empires.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • The Wooden Walls - The Royal Navy Under Sail, 1509-1815
  • Rise and Fall: Naval Hegemony and Decline, 1815-1960 
  • Naval Research Project
  • Naval History Research Skills
  • Dissertation / Major Project (Naval History)


My research thus far has looked at how the expansion of a steam-powered Royal Navy in the second half of the nineteenth century had wider ramifications across the British empire. Steam propulsion made vessels less subject to the vagaries of tides, winds and currents, but it also made them utterly dependent on a particular resource – coal – and its distribution around the world. My research assesses how this created geopolitical tensions, required large infrastructures, as well as labour forces, and also engendered cultural connections around the globe.


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