Social Sciences: Economics

Helen Paul

MA Oxon, MLitt (St Andrews), PhD (St Andrews), FRHistS

Primary position:
Lecturer in Economics and Economic History
Other positions:
Admissions Officer


The University of Southampton

I am an economic historian and studied at Oxford and St Andrews. My PhD thesis concerned the South Sea Company and the financial bubble of 1720. My doctoral studies were funded by the ESRC and I then gained an ESRC research fellowship as a postdoc. My primary interest is in the early modern period from the late 17th to early 18th centuries. My research concerns the Financial Revolution; early joint-stock companies; the Triangular Trade including the slave trade, and Atlantic history.

If you are interested in hearing more about my research, please click on the following links:

BBC Radio 4 In Our Time

The South Sea Bubble episode

The Physiocrats episode

Economic History Society podcast for schools

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Bristol and Liverpool

The South Sea Bubble of 1720: a famous financial crash

Contributor to:

The First Georgians: The German Kings who made Britain
BBC Four. Episode 1. Presenter - Lucy Worsley.

ESRC DTC Economic and Social History Pathway Coordinator

Prospective applicants for ESRC funding for doctoral studies in economic and social history, please contact me or the DTC [

I am currently chair of the Women's Committee of the Economic History Society and a member of council (ex-officio).

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Member of the Contractor State Group

Economic History Society

Economic History Society:

ESRC Society Today:


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow 2005/6 (St Andrews)

Contractor State Group

Contractor State Group

Contractor State Group

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Other University of Southampton sites


Research Interests

Economic history: financial revolution; slavery; naval history; Atlantic history; cliometrics

Research projects

Suppliers to the Royal African Company in the early modern period

PhD Supervision

John Levin (co-supervised with Dr J. Conlin)

ESRC Funded

This Little Republick: the debtors' sanctuary of Southwark Mint, 1697-1723


Brenna Gibson (co-supervised with Dr C. Lambert)

Funded by SMMI

English seafarer communities in the later Middle Ages: a study in the socio-economics of an occupational group


Maria Newbery (co-supervised with Drs C. Petley and J. McAleer)

Funded by SMMI and Faculty of Humanities

The seaborne trade of Southampton 1772-1815


Michael Siva (co-supervised by Drs C. Petley and Herrmann)

The Jamaican Maroons: Black Soldiers Fighting for the Colonial Elite 1796-1866


Chair of Women's Committee (Economic History Society)

Admissions Officer (Autumn 2012 onwards)

ESRC DTC Pathway Co-ordinator for Economic and Social History

Member of the Executive Committee: Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies

Joint Honours Liaison

Teaching Responsibilities

PhD supervision

Supervision of masters dissertations

Supervision of undergraduate dissertations

ECON 1005: Introduction to Mathematics for Economists 

ECON 1007: Statistics


Dr Helen Paul
Social Sciences
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/3039

Telephone: (023) 8059 5672