Simon is a PHD student supervised by Dr Jon Lawrence. He has previously worked on workmen's trains and their impact on the social structure of Greater London between 1860 and 1914. Currently he is working on the New Survey of London Life and Labour conducted by the LSE between 1929 and 1931. He enjoys baking.
Phd student in the history faculty supervised by Dr Shaw-Taylor, his research interests are on changes in rural society in the build up to the industrial revolution with a particular focus on the emergence of agrarian capitalism in early modern England. Member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
Stuart is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History writing on the economic history of Zambia, more specifically the government's relationship with foreign financial capital after independence in 1964. His research hopes to uncover a causal mechanism between institutional degradation and economic failure by analysing the effects of investor reactions to policy signals. Stuart is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and affiliated to the Centre for Financial History and the Centre for African studies. His research is supervised by Dr Alastair Fraser and Prof Megan Vaughan.
PhD student in the Geography departments supervised by Professor Richard Smith. Member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Lyn has a long-established research interest in the population history of Long Melford in Suffolk. Her PhD focuses on the stable population, the ‘stayers’, there and in and surrounding parishes, in a 300 year period from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, focusing particularly on how patterns of stability change over time, and on the relationship between mobility and social status. Her work includes research on kinship links and the persistence of residential patterns over time.
PhD candidate supervised by Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor. His research interests are the British industrial revolution, and institutions. His PhD project will examine the role of the patent system during the industrial revolution.
Eric Thomas Chapman
Eric Chapman is an M.Phil Student of Economic and Social History at Cambridge and is supervised by Dr. Cristiano A. Ristuccia, Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity Hall. His research broadly focuses on the economic consequences of conflict-aggressive countries with reference to the residual effects of both duration and domestic input levels during war time periods. Specifically, the research focuses on the wartime economic-decision-process with regards to Western and Soviet aggression on Afghanistan (19th c. to 21st c.).
PhD student supervised by Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor. She researches the history of the urban back garden in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, using quantitative methods to provide a nationwide survey of the incidence, size, and type of domestic back plots over time. Further qualitative sources are also used to show how the uses and contents of back plots have changed over time and between social classes.
Jacob is a PhD student in the Faculty of History supervised by Christine Carpenter. He is interested in the social history of England in the fourteenth century; at present his work focusses on the Latin historiography of the Benedictine monastery of St Albans, and particularly on accounts of its legal disputes with its neighbours.
PhD candidate in economic and social history, supervised by Prof. RM Smith. His research interests focus on the relationship between family formation and rural industry. Currently, his research employs digitised 19th century census data to investigate the extent to which differences in patterns of family formation between proto-industrial regions might be explained by the local economic context, and the extent to which this causes households to adopt different strategies. He is jointly funded by the DRS and an Ellen McArthur studentship in the Faculty of History, and is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
Derek L Elliott
Derek is a PhD candidate in History funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Doctoral Fellowship, and is supervised by Dr. Shruti Kapila and advised by Prof. Sir Christopher Bayly. His research uses the links between torture and revenue extraction in India under the East India Company government to examine larger questions about the nature of imperial regimes and the prevailing metropolitan political ideologies under which they were guided.
Ryan is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Christel Lane. He is broadly interested in comparative political economy and economic sociology, using these platforms to inform the scope of economic scholarship that has been largely monopolized by 'neoclassical' narratives. His research will focus on deregulation in the U.S. airline industry, which has been widely championed as a successful case of liberalization. His work explores the sociology that underpinned exchange in the airline market and ultimately facilitated a 're-regulation' of the industry.
Anne is a PhD student in the Faculty of History and supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her doctoral research addresses changes in venereological medical knowledge and clinical practice in the years between the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts and the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Venereal Disease.
Irene J. Haycock
An ESRC funded PhD candidate supervised by Prof. R.M. Smith in the department of Geography. Irene’s research addresses agrarian change and the extent of by-employment in early modern Staffordshire, set within the context of regional farming systems. She is investigating the drivers and processes which influence economic decisions and innovative farming practice in a county renowned for both early population growth, and precocious industrial development. To that end she is employing sources including probate inventories, parish documents, estate records and travel diaries. Irene is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, researching the financing structures and material politics of gas and water utilities in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, supervised by Martin Daunton as Professor of Economic History.
Doctoral candidate in history, supervised by Dr Shaw-Taylor. His research aims to determine the occupational structure of Britain in the early modern period, using probate records as the main data. This requires correcting this powerful but problematic historical source for social bias, for which new methodologies will need to be developed as part of Sebastian's research. The results will feed into the larger 'Occupational Structure of Britain 1379 to 1911' project within the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure.
Economic and Social History MPhil student supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. Her research is focused on post-war riots in Britain, in particular she is trying to identify whether race or economics has been more significant as a causal factor.
Casra Labelle is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History supervised by Prof. Martin Daunton. He is using the volatile business cycle as a natural experiment to better understand political engagement. In econometric analysis of the second half of the 20th century, Casra has been concerned to find that disenfranchisement is concentrated among lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Jagjeet is a candidate for the PhD in History, supervised by Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram, and advised by Prof. Sir. Christopher Bayly. His thesis is titled: "Explaining the Persistence of the Indo-Central Asian Trade, 1600-1900." The project aims to connect the (global) macro-history of trade with (local) micro-histories of markets between these regions. It focuses on three commodities (horses, cotton textiles, indigo) and examines the changing supply- and demand-conditions (e.g. supply elasticity, spare capacity, changing tastes and incomes, exogenous factors such as war and famine) for each good in an attempt to better understand the dynamics of these trades and the reasons for their continuation and eventual decline.
Adrian Leonard is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, and an affiliate of the University's Centre for Financial History. He is supervised by Prof. Martin Daunton and Dr. D'Maris Coffman, supported by the Centre and Cambridge Finance. His research explores the development and long-term success of London's international marine insurance market from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. He employs both a qualitative approach, drawing on extensive archival sources, and a quantitative analysis centred on a newly compiled database of over 10,000 marine insurance prices. The latter has already highlighted a previously unidentified marine insurance pricing revolution, which saw the cost of contingent capital through marine insurance fall dramatically over the period. Early findings of the former component are published in the December, 2012 edition of Historical Journal, and in a chapter in an edited volume entitled Questioning Credible Commitment, to be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2013. Additionally, Leonard is a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Working Papers in Economic and Social History, and has been elected a Bateman Scholar of Trinity Hall.
Alexis D. Litvine
Phd student in the history faculty supervised by Dr Daunton, his research focuses on the perception and the practice of "the economy” (i.e. markets structures, transactions, mobility, and labour) during the second half of the 19th century in four European countries: Belgium, Britain, France, and Italy. He looks at the idea of economic modernisation from the vantage point of social and cultural transformations, especially the evolution of the apprehension of space and time.
MPhil candidate in Economic and Social History, supervised by Dr. D'Maris Coffman. He is studying financial market performance during periods of rapid economic growth, with a focus on East Asian economies including Japan, Korea, and China.
MPhil student supervised by Leigh Shaw-Taylor and member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure. Her research is focussed on female occupations in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. For her MPhil research project she is comparing the 1851 census with Trade Directories listings in an attempt to assess how fully business women and married business women in particular, are recorded in the census.
PhD candidate supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. His current research interests are in post-war British macroeconomic history, in particular the 1970s sea-change from Keynesian consensus to the 'sado-monetarism' of the first Thatcher administration.
Jesse is a PhD student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. He works on the history of the pregnancy test, first marketed directly to women in 1971. His research concentrates on mid-twentieth-century Britain (c.1930-1970), when pregnancy testing was a diagnostic service offered by a few specialised laboratories. As part of the social history of pregnancy, he will use diaries, letters, newspapers, magazines, novels and films to recover and contextualise the changing experience of early pregnancy from self-diagnosis and clinical examination to laboratory and home testing as well as the more general transformation of patients into consumers. He is a member of the “Generation to Reproduction” team: http://www.reproduction.group.cam.ac.uk/index.html
Mafalda Moura Pereira
PhD candidate in the Faculty of History supervised by Prof. Simon Szreter. Mafalda is interested in the development of industrial services in Portugal in the broad context of social, economic, demographic and international history. Her thesis describes the efforts of the Portuguese city of Coimbra to improve public health through the establishment of a modern water supply system (c. 1860-1930). Cross-referencing the archives of the city’s public cemetery (1885-1930) with other measures of its growth reveals which geographical areas and social classes benefited from reductions in water-borne disease, shedding light on wider economic-history questions of the nature of southern European countries’ dependence on foreign expertise, capital and ideas, and the merits of market and collective action in securing public goods.
Stephen is a PhD student supervised by Dr Craig Muldrew. His masters dissertation considered English excise in the seventeenth-century. After a career as a tax professional working in both the public and private sectors, he is now researching English taxation in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. He is particularly interested in legislative history and how smart anti-avoidance measures and improved financial controls improved the state's tax take.
An MPhil student supervised by Leigh Shaw-Taylor and Siân Pooley. She is interested in child labour and particularly children's occupations. For her dissertation she will map children's occupations using the 1881 census enumerators books and investigate the impact of parental occupation on the nature of children's labour. She is partly funded by an Ellen McArthur Studentship and is a member of the Occupational Structure of Britain c.1379-1911 project, which is based at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
Ph.D student supervised by Dr. Leigh Shaw-Taylor and a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure. His research interests are in occupational and organisational structures, particularly as they relate to the decline and rise of the worsted trades in Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Devon and the West Riding of Yorkshire, c. 1700 to 1851.
Atiyab Sultan is doing a PhD in Economic History under the supervision of Prof. Sir Christopher Alan Bayly. Previously, she completed an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge (2010-11) and taught Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Her doctoral research looks at institutional development in colonial Punjab during 1849-1900 with a particular focus on property rights and credit markets. More generally, her research tries to investigate long-run causes of underdevelopment, especially in post-colonial economies.
PhD student supervised by Professor Eugenio Biagini. His doctoral project concerns the importance of class, religion and identity among Irish officers in the British Army in the early twentieth century, and the Army's importance as an avenue for social advancement through imperial service.
I am a PhD student, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. I am working on 'Conservative policymaking and the birth of economic Thatcherism, 1964-1979'.
Lauren is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her main interest is in demographic history, and her MPhil research project will focus on changing trends in Kenyan emigration and the Kenyan diaspora since independence.
Quyen Vo is a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. His doctoral project examines the scope of British refugee asylum in the twentieth century, focusing on the nature of refugee resettlement in the mixed economy of welfare. He is broadly interested in migration and refugee movements and in historical instances of economic and social inequality.
MPhil student supervised by Martin Daunton. Her interests lay in the formation and policies of 19th and 20th monetary unions in Europe. Her dissertation compares their policies and the degree of economic and political cohesion achieved.
Mingjie is a Ph.D student in the history faculty, supervised jointly by professors John Hatcher and Christine Carpenter. His main interest is in the rural society and peasantry of medieval England. His current research employs medieval judicial records to reconstruct a picture of 1381 Peasants' Revolt in Cambridgeshire. Now he is at the Corpus Christi College.
PhD candidate supervised by Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor. Trained to be an economic theorist, he switched his interests to economic history. His main research interest is to investigate changing patterns of British female employment during the second half of the nineteenth century using census materials. In the future, he would like to combine census materials with surviving farm accounts to re-construct robust British female agricultural employment figures. He is funded by Cambridge Gates Trust and is a member of Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. He is a keen poker player.