Jacob Ward (J.W.A.P.)

Dr Ward is a historian of science, technology, and neoliberalism, particularly focussing on the United Kingdom. He is currently Assistant Professor (tenured) in the History Department and Science, Technology, and Society Studies Research Programme at Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


For 2022-2026, Dr Ward is the principal investigator for an NWO (Dutch Research Council) VENI Grant, 'The Prediction Machine: Futurology, Technology, and Neoliberalism in British Government'.


Dr Ward is also publishing a book based on his previous project, which looked at the intersection of digitalisation and privatisation in British telecommunications infrastructure. The book, tentatively titled Digital Nation: Privatising British Telecommunications, is under contract with MIT Press.


Dr Ward has also won the 2018 Duncan Tanner Essay Prize from Twentieth Century British History for an article from this project, 'Financing the Information Age: London TeleCity, The Legacy of IT-82, and the Selling of British Telecom'. You can read the article for free here.


He teaches in the FASoS BA Arts and Culture and BA Digital Society. He also supervises theses in the MA European Studies in Science and Technology and co-supervises a PhD project on the history of solar energy and the oil industry (Jelena Stankovic) on Prof. Cyrus Mody's NWO VICI Project, 'Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity'.