Duncan Money

Historian, Researcher, and Writer


I’m a historian and researcher and my work looks at migration, race, labour and the mining industry. Almost anything that isn’t grown is, ultimately, mined and I have been fascinated by mining my entire life, by the idea of a vast subterranean world beneath our feet, invisible from the surface.

My writing focuses on Southern Africa and on the copper industry. I’ve also written about the contemporary mining industry and have worked as a consultant on projects relating to trade finance, curriculum development and heritage for multilateral financial institutions and development agencies.

I was awarded my PhD in history from Oxford University in 2016 and in 2022 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. My first book White Mineworkers on Zambia’s Copperbelt was published in 2021 and I’m the co-editor of Born with a Copper Spoon: A Global History of Copper (2022) and Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa (2020).

I try to make my academic work as accesible as possible and so this website hosts Open Access versions of my academic publications. You can also read my work in Africa is a Country, The Conversation, Jstor Daily and Radical Currents.

Currently, I work at Leiden University in the Netherlands and worked previously at the University of the Free State in South Africa, Stanford University’s UK campus and Oxford University. I’ve also held visiting positions at at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Along with my own research, you can also find information about the work of my PhD students on this site.

on this site

Sources for the History of the Copperbelt
An extensive annotated list of archives and online sources about the recent past of the Copperbelt.

Digitising the Mineworkers’ Union of Zambia archives
Information about the project I ran to preserve and digitise this archive.

Get in touch

My email address is d.j.money [at] asc.leidenuniv.nl

You can also contact me via Twitter @mininghistory

I would also like to hear from anyone who thinks that their research intersects with mine, as I am interested in comparative and collaborative work.