Other academic staff


Professor Robert J. (Bob) Bennett

David BeckinghamEmeritus Professor of Geography, Emeritus Fellow of St. Catharine’s College, and Senior Associate of the Judge Business School. Formerly Cambridge Professor of Geography (1931), and Professor of Geography at LSE. Publications include: The voice of Local Business: The history of chambers of commerce in Britain, Ireland and Revolutionary America, 1760-2011 (OUP, 2011); The Voice of Liverpool Business: The first Chamber of Commerce, 1774- c. 1796 (Liverpool Chamber of Commerce); and many publications on small business and local economic development. Current research interests include changing business structures, local economic evolution, and business associations. Historical projects continue on Liverpool, and 18th century economic institutions.


Dr J.P. Betts

Jos BettsJunior Research Fellow in history at Corpus Christi College. Research interests include the history of political economy and ideas surrounding economic organization in nineteenth-century Britain.




Dr Lyn Boothman

Lyn BoothmanA member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Lyn recently received her PhD and is now assisting with the Occupations Project underway in the Group. She has a long-established research interest in the population history of Long Melford in Suffolk. Her PhD focused on the stable population, the 'stayers', there in a 200 year period from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, focusing particularly on how patterns of stability changed 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.


Dr Romola Davenport

Jacob FieldSenior research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. A demographer with interests in mortality, specifically the causes of mortality decline since the eighteenth century in a comparative context; and the influences of urbanization, migration, and early life events on adult mortality. She is currently working on social status differences in infant mortality in eighteenth century London, mortality and epidemiological change in Manchester 1750-1850, and cohort effects in influenza mortality 1855-1950.


Prof Martin Daunton

Martin DauntonMartin Daunton is Emeritus Professor of Economic History and former Master of Trinity Hall. He focuses on economic and social policy, including housing, the politics of taxation, welfare, and the relationship between the market and the state. He has published two surveys of British economic history (Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1700-1850 and Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1851-1951). He continues to work on the history of taxation within the British empire from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. His current research and teaching focuses on the economic government of the world since the Second World War. It addresses the nature of international organisations, their ability to address the changing nature of the world economy, and their response to debates over distributive justice between countries. His approach to economic history rests on an analysis of thinking about the economy by professional economists, lawyers, social reformers and politicians; and more generally cultural understandings of economic life.


Dr Oliver Dunn

Jacob FieldI am a social and economic historian with broad interests. My expertise mainly lies in British maritime history, the history of British state formation, and taxation and other government regulation of trade.
My recent research recreates (employing GIS) British coastal shipping routes 1650-1911 under the Transport, urbanization and economic development in England and Wales c.1670-1911 project, funded by grants by the Leverhulme Trust, National Science Foundation (US), and the Isaac Newton Trust. My research tasks also take me into the history of industry, energy production, trade, and consumption with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in England and Wales.
I am developing cultural and economic research into maritime trade and its regulation in early modern England, including narratives of political corruption in relation to taxation and regulation of trade.


Dr Jacob F. Field

Jacob FieldResearch associate of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure on The occupational structure of Britain c. 1379-1911 project. His research focuses on occupations in England before 1850, particularly service and women’s work. His PhD thesis was on the reactions and responses to the Great Fire of London (1666) in the later seventeenth century. He is also interested in all aspects of the economic and social history of London from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, how urban societies respond to disaster and crisis, and migration and social networks in early modern England.


Dr Eilidh Garrett

Eilidh Garrett Eilidh Garrett is a Senior Research Associate with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Her expertise lies in the use of nineteenth century census and civil register material for the study of the demographic history of British communities. She is particularly interested in the potential of linking multiple sources across time in order to uncover the processes underlying observed patterns of behaviour. Current and recent research projects: Determining the Demography of Victorian Scotland through Record Linkage and Doctors, deaths, diagnoses and data: a comparative study of the medical certification of cause of death in nineteenth century Scotland and Housing, mobility and the measurement of child health from the 1911 Irish census


Prof John Hatcher

John HatcherJohn Hatcher's general field of research lies in the economic, social and demographic history of England from the middle ages to the eighteenth century. Within this broad area the focus of his attention in recent years has included the rise of the British coal industry before the industrial revolution; the Black Death of 1348-9; working habits and leisure in medieval and early modern England; the history and theory of economic development in the middle ages; and the population history of England between 1450 and 1750. He is currently working on revising accepted wisdom on real wages and living standards in the middle ages and beyond.


Hannaliis Jaadla

Research Associate working with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Hanna’s main research interests are on demographic processes in the 19th century with a special focus on mortality development in urban areas. She is currently working on the decline of fertility and child mortality in England and Wales over the 19th century.


Dr Markus Küpker

Research Associate in the Faculty of Economics, formerly at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in the department of Geography. Research interests in the economic and social history of central Europe, c. 1500 - c. 1800, and in history and computing. Publications on proto-industry, demography, migration, institutions, and material culture. Current research focuses on 'Economy, Gender, and Social Capital in the German Demographic Transition', 'Human Well-Being and the "Industrious Revolution": Consumption, Gender and Social Capital in a German Developing Economy, 1600-1900', and the relationship between migration, demography, and economy in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Westphalia.


Dr Adrian Leonard

Adrian Leonard Adrian Leonard is an Affiliated Researcher at the University's Centre for Financial History, where he is currently working on a history of commercial insurance in London in the twentieth century, and editing the forthcoming volume 'Marine Insurance: international development and evolution' (Palgrave History of Finance, 2015). 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.


Carry van Lieshout

Adrian Leonard Carry van Lieshout is a research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Her research interests lie in the socio-economic history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on investment, water history, and occupational structures. She is currently working on the history of entrepreneurship in nineteenth-century Britain.


Dr Alexis D. Litvine

JagjeetLally His research focuses on late nineteenth-century European industrialisation. He mostly looks at representations of the economy, and tries to understand the role of ideas and economic practices in defining specific patterns of socio-economic development. His current project looks at the economic consequences of the adoption/imposition of the Napoleonic Code for peasant families throughout Europe during the long nineteenth-century. He is particularly interested in the inheritance strategies adopted by smallholders to transmit land in these new and unstable legal contexts. His work includes case-studies in Belgium, Prussia and later Germany, the Netherlands, Italy (Naples), some parts of Spain, Portugal and Poland (Grand Duchy of Warsaw).


Dr Janine Maegraith

Janine MaegraithResearch associate in the Faculty of Economics on the project 'Human Well-Being and the 'Industrious Revolution': Consumption, Gender and Social Capital in a German Developing Economy'. Her main research interests are social and economic history of Germany focusing on gender and the context of technological and scientific change 1600-1900, early modern material culture, history and development of female religious orders and the impact of the secularization, and women in pharmacy (c. 1600-1900).


Gill Newton

Gill NewtonResearch Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Research interests include urban mortality and disease in pre-modern England, the demography of early modern London, occupational structure, and record linkage and historical data management. Currently involved in research on the long-term evolution of businesses and Transport, urbanization and economic development in England c.1670-1911.


Dr Natasha Pairaudeau

Jacob FieldPostdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of History working within the Sites of Asian Interaction Project. Her research interests include migration and its role in spurring social and political change, subimperial systems, interethnic relations, and the dynamics of citizenship, race and status in colonial systems. Her focus is on modern South and Southeast Asia.


Dr Max Satchell

Jacob FieldResearch Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, working on the Occupational structure of Britain c.1379- 1911 project. Max's current research is focussed on extending an existing GIS of navigable waterways in England Wales (1801-1881) back to 1600 and forward to 1947. He is also in the process of digitising turnpikes using data from Dan Bogart and generating transport connectivity data for English rural parishes for a paper with Leigh Shaw-Taylor, Tony Wrigley and Mark Casson.


Harry Smith

Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. His research interests cover a variety of social and economic aspects of nineteenth-century British history, particularly the history of the middle classes and of social mobility. He is currently working on the history of entrepreneurship and business ownership in nineteenth-century Britain.


Prof Richard M. Smith

Richard M SmithEmeritus Professor of Historical Demography and Geography, Acting Director of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (since 1 January 2011), Head of Department, Department of Geography (2007-2010) and Vice-Master, Downing College, Cambridge (2004-2010). President of the Economic History Society (2007-2010) and editor of Economic History Review from 2001-2007. His research interests are in demographic history and the links between demographic and economic and social change in Britain and Western Europe from c. 1250 to 1850. He has worked on the history of marriage patterns, peasant family structures, inheritance and the land market using the records of customary law courts before 1500, illegitimacy and household formation in the middle ages and early modern period. His current interests focus on the links between welfare practices and demographic change under the Old Poor Law, the determinants of longevity, and revising the chronology of the Mortality Revolution c. 1600 to the present.


Dr Ken Sneath            
Ken Sneath
His main research interest is the social and economic history of England focusing on consumption. His doctoral thesis, 'Consumption, wealth, indebtedness and social structure in early modern England', examined the origins of the consumer revolution in the eighteenth century. He gave the Wolfson lecture in local history, A consumer revolution in Huntingdonshire? In 2009, (published in The Local Historian, 2011). Publications include Godmanchester: a celebration of 800 years (2011) and various articles on consumption in early modern England, the hearth tax and funerals in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is the joint author of a forthcoming volume on consumption in England. He is currently engaged in research at the Faculty of Economics on the industrious and consumer revolutions.


Prof Gareth Stedman Jones

Gareth Stedman JonesGareth Stedman Jones is Professor of Political Science. His research covers a wide range of aspects of modern European political thought, and political, intellectual and economic history of Europe from the time of the French Revolution. He is Director of the Centre for History and Economics at King's College


Keith Sugden

Keith is an Affiliated Researcher in the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. His research interests are in textiles, notably in the causes of de-industrialization in southern England during the eighteenth century. He is particularly interested in the roles played by wages and by coal before the introduction of steam power. He is also exploring the impact of mechanization upon male and female textile occupations, 1770-1830s, the period between the introduction of the spinning jenny and the first Factory Reports. His research also includes an occupational study of the English shoemaking trade, circa 1750-1901, with focus upon the impacts of the sewing machine and the Goodyear welt.

Adrian Williamson

Jacob FieldAdrian completed his PhD, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton, in 2014. He is currently working on transforming this into a book entitled, 'Conservative policymaking and the birth of economic Thatcherism, 1964-1979', to be published in early 2015.



Prof Sir Tony (E.A.) Wrigley
Tony WrigleyHonorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College and Peterhouse. Formerly Professor of Economic History, Master of Corpus Christi, and President of The British Academy. Publications include: Population and history, (with R.S. Schofield), The population history of England 1541-1871; People, cities and wealth; Continuity, chance and change; Poverty, progress, and population; Energy and the English industrial revolution; and The early English censuses. Was co-founder with Peter Laslett of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Current research interests: the history of the changing occupational structure of England and Wales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; producing internally consistent series of population totals for units ranging in size from the parish to the whole country; and the history of changing energy consumption from the Tudor period to the Victorian era. Behind both my current research and earlier work lies an abiding interest in achieving a better understanding of the period of radical change usually termed the industrial revolution.


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