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Mrs Leanna T P Brinkley 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Leanna Brinkley is a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) at the University of Southampton, specialising in maritime history.

She undertook her BA in history at the University of Bristol and is now researching for a PhD in history. Her foremost interest is in coastal commercial activity, focusing on maritime and mercantile cultures and the socio-economics of port towns. Having undertaken her studies at two universities with strong maritime connections, she has developed a keen interest in seafaring industries and the communities that surround them.

Research interests

Leanna’s thesis is entitled “England’s Traders and Shipmasters; A study of Elizabethan coastal trading, 1568 – 1580” and explores the maritime history of three ports of social, political and economic significance during the late sixteenth century. Her research combines a powerful body of source material (namely national customs accounts, lay subsidy returns, admiralty court records, and various local civic records), which are utilised to satisfy the three primary research goals:

  1. To establish the nature of coastal commerce in Bristol, Southampton and Hull in the late sixteenth century.
  2. To understand how coastal traders and shipmasters ran their businesses. In particular, how they forged and maintained business networks.
  3. To assess the socio-political and socio-economic position of individuals engaged in coastal trading and challenge our preconceived notion of what it meant to be a merchant during the Tudor period.

Leanna is interested in cross-disciplinary studies and uses diverse methods to provide an insight into her field. This included the creation of a purpose-built relational database, and she also uses GIS software to reconstruct trade routes and Social Network Analysis to understand the social structures behind key economic trends.

Mrs Leanna T P Brinkley
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