Duncan Money001
Duncan Money is a historian of central and southern Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular interest in the history of the mining industry. Much of his research has looked at the history of the Zambian Copperbelt and he was awarded his PhD by the University of Oxford in 2016 for a social history of white migrants on the Copperbelt. Duncan's primary interests are in labour, migration and global history, specifically the ways in which the mining industry connected seemingly disparate and distant places across the globe.

More broadly, Duncan is interested in social and economic history in Africa and he participates in the African Comparative History of Occupational Structure project at the University of Cambridge.

He has taught widely on African, imperial and global history for both undergraduates and master's students at the University of Oxford, Stanford University's Oxford campus, the University of Zambia and the University of the Free State. Duncan presently supervises two PhD students and welcomes enquiries from students who wish to work on aspects of economic and social history in southern Africa.

Currently, Duncan is working on a book entitled In a Class of Their Own: White Mineworkers on Zambia's Copperbelt, 1926-74, an edited collection with Dr Danelle van Zyl-Hermann on rethinking white societies in southern Africa that arose from on a workshop they organised in 2018, and a new project on a global history of copper.


Edited Collections

[with Danelle van Zyl-Hermann], Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2020).

Book chapters

'Underground Struggles: The Early Life of Jack Hodgson’, in Klaas van Walrvan (eds.), The Individual in African History: The Importance of Biography in African Historical Studies (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2020).

‘The Dog that Didn’t Bark: White Mineworkers at Zambian Independence’ in Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann (eds.), Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa, 1930s-1990s (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2020).

‘South Africa’s Divided Trade Unions and the International Labour Movement’ in Stefano Belluci and Holger Weiss (eds.), The Internationalisation of the Labour Question: Ideological Antagonism, Workers’ Movements and the ILO since 1919 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019).

[with Roger Jeffrey] ‘Introduction: India in Edinburgh, 1780 to the present day’, in Roger Jeffrey (ed.), India In Edinburgh, 1750s to the Present (London: Routledge, 2019).

‘Aliens’ on the Copperbelt: Zambianization, nationalism and non-Zambian Africans in the mining industry’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 45, 5 (2019).

'Race and Class in the Postwar World: The Southern African Labour Congress', International Labor and Working-Class History, 94 (2018), pp. 133-55.

'Trouble in paradise: The 1958 white mineworkers’ strike on the Zambian Copperbelt’, Extractive Industries and Society, 4, 4 (2017), pp. 707-16.

'"There are worse places than Dalmuir!" Glaswegian riveters on the Clyde and the Copperbelt', Labour History Review, 80, 3 (2015), pp. 273–92.

'The World of European Labour on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1940-1945', International Review of Social History, 60, 2 (2015), pp. 225-55.

'No matter how much or how little they've got, they can't settle down' : a social history of Europeans on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1926-1974, D.Phil. in History, University of Oxford, 2016.


  • Guest Researcher, Fate of Nations project, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2019.
  • John Brockway Huntington Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, United States, 2018
  • Visiting Fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2017
  • Labour History Review Essay Prize, 2015
  • Beit Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2015
  • Travel and research grants from the Royal History Society, Past & Present Society, and the Beit Fund, 2012-15

Public engagement

Dr Money is currently working on a project to preserve and digitize the archives of the Mineworkers' Union of Zambia in conjunction with the International Institute of Social History. The digitized archive will be made available to union members, members of the public and researchers.



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