Professor Ian Phimister

School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Professor Emeritus of International History


Ian Phimister is an emeritus professor of the Department. His research interests lie in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Africa, and particularly in the overseas interests of the City of London in the same period.

He has written or co-authored several books on the economic and social history of Zimbabwe, as well as some 50 articles on aspects of African history and British overseas economic expansion.

Professor Phimister has received grants and fellowships from a range of institutions, including Leverhulme Trust, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, the Beit Fund, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Zimbabwe.

Research interests

Ian Phimister's present research encompasses two projects; finance and empire in Southern Africa, 1886-1899; and the life and times of Sir Edmund Davis (1861-1939), a City of London financier and company promoter whose interests spanned the globe.

Professor Phimister teaches nineteenth and twentieth century African history at all levels. He also teaches a general course on Britain's retreat from empire. Enquiries are welcomed from prospective graduate students interested in similar areas and issues.