biography

Tom Kelsey is an ESRC Policy Fellow and Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where he is working as part of a team investigating the relationship between economic prosperity and national security. 

Tom has a multidisciplinary background, with expertise in both history and political science. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the University of Buckingham. As a practitioner, Tom has worked in the UK Civil Service within the Digital Strategy team of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Tom was awarded the Hans Rausing 1+3 Scholarship to fund his MA and PhD at King’s College London in 2014. In 2017, he won the Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize for the best paper by a first-time presenter at the Society for the History of Technology. In 2019, he was elected as a By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and received the John Antcliffe Grant to fund his time there. 

His thesis examined the politics of ‘high technology’ in post-war Britain, and argued for a new account of political change, suggesting we can frame the period in terms of an economic liberalism from within, as well as a ‘neo-liberalism’ from without.