The Economic and Social History pathway

The University has recently secured recognition for the introduction of a postgraduate training programme in Economic and Social History. We welcome applications from students who wish to undertake postgraduate research in Economic and Social History from the start of the 2011/12 academic year, and we are planning to launch a Masters programme in Economic and Social History in 2012/13.

When the new Masters programme is launched, it will include general modules in research training drawn from the suite of core modules offered by the University of Southampton’s ESRC-recognised Doctoral Training Centre.

It will also include subject-specific modules such as Historiography and Research Skills in History, together with a range of substantive modules covering such themes as ‘Health and living standards in historical perspective’, ‘English social and cultural life in the long eighteenth century’, ‘Slavery in the Atlantic world’ and ‘The mixed economy of welfare in England and Wales since 1700’. Students will also be required to submit a 15-20,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice.

We are currently seeking applications from students who already possess a recognised Masters qualification and are ready to embark on a programme of postgraduate research. The following table includes a list of staff with interests in Economic and Social History and links to their personal webpages.

Paul Bridgen

History of the post-war British welfare state; comparative history of social policy; history of pensions (state and non-state) and welfare provision for older people.

Professor David Brown

Modern British history, particularly of the 19th century; history of social reform and philanthropy; Victorian liberalism; Britain’s relations with the wider world.

Jonathan Conlin

Modern British history, especially urban history; Anglo-French relations.

Hormoz Ebrahimnejad

Charity, medicine and the state in Iran since the start of the Middle Ages.

Roy Edwards

Business history; history of Management with special regard to Britain's Railways prior to 1948; accounting history.

Julie Gammon

Social and cultural history of the long eighteenth century in England, particularly gender, childhood and crime and punishment.

Aravinda Guntupalli

History of health and nutritional status; anthropometric indicators of wellbeing; gender inequalities in modern India.

Bernard Harris

Anthropometric history; history of health, nutrition and human development; history of social policy

Andrew Hinde

All aspects of British historical demography since 1700

Craig Lambert

Naval logistics; the impact of naval recruitment on coastal communities; the size, structure and geographical distribution of the medieval merchant fleet; the socio-economic position and prosopography of ship-board communities between c. 1400 and c. 1600.

John Mohan

Historical and contemporary aspects of voluntary action and volunteering; history of hospitals and hospital contributory schemes.

Gerhard Kling

Financial history; quantitative economic history (Cliometrics); mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance.

Helen Paul

Early Modern Joint-stock companies; the South Sea Bubble; slaving history; the interaction of trading companies and the Royal Navy.

Christer Petley

Slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world, with a particular interest in slave societies and the planter class; Atlantic history and history of the British empire, with particular interests in the Caribbean and settler societies.

Scott Soo

Modern French history, with particular reference to social and political movements, migration and migrant networks, and the role of memory.