Philip Payton
1984 …2022

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Research Biography

I was appointed Professor in 2014, having been Adjunct Professor at Flinders since March 2013. I am also Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies at the University of Exeter, where I was Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies from October 1991 until December 2013. Previously, I was an Officer in the Education Specialisation of the Royal Navy (1979-1991), and later served as a Reservist (1992-2009) in the Media Operations Specialisation, of which I was Head (1998-2003). I was inter alia Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and International Affairs at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1989-1991. Recent books include Australia in the Great War (Robert Hale, London, 2015), The Maritime History of Cornwall (edited with Alston Kennerley and Helen Doe) ( University of Exeter Press, 2014) , One & All: Labor and the Radical Tradition in South Australia, (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2016), Emigrants and Historians: Essays in Honour of Eric Richards (ed.) (Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2016), A History of Sussex (Carnegie Publishers, Lancaster, 2017), Cornwall: A History (University of Exeter Press, 2017, new edition), and 'Repat': A Concise History of Repatriation in Australia (Department of Veteran Affairs, Canberra, 2018) Currently, I am writing a second volume for the Department of Veterans' Affairs, entitled More than the Last Shiiling: Repatriation in Australia 1994-2018, to be published in 2019. A new edition of The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's Great Emigration is to be published in 2019 by University of Exeter Press, as will an edited collection of chapters Cornwall in The Age of Rebellion.

Research Interests

  • Australian studies/history,
  • Cornish studies/history,
  • emigration,
  • mining,
  • war studies (especially First World War),
  • identity/ethnicity/nationalism,
  • regions and regionalism,
  • biography

Research Areas

  • Language, linguistics and TESOL

Supervisory Interests

  • Nationalism
  • Regions and regionalism
  • Biography
  • Australian studies
  • Australian history
  • Cornish history
  • Cornish studies
  • Emigration
  • Mining
  • War studies
  • First World War
  • Identity
  • Ethnicity


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