Preparing the next generation of economic historians
I think that economic history needs to be re-inserted into the research and teaching agendas of economics departments and business schools. If you share my conviction, then I am keen to work with you.
The academic job market is tough. It is important that students are prepared. My goal as a supervisor is to ensure my students graduate with a collection of interesting papers, addressing important topics, that are clearly publishable in good field journals. Only publishable papers will bring success on the academic job market; coursework and teaching experience are great, but are not enough to land your first academic job.
I support my economic history PhD students to launch their careers by imparting the attitudes and skills necessary to succeed as a junior academic. This sometimes means helping them to develop a strong second field of interest besides economic history. And to help them think explicitly how their economic history research relates to that second field - how they can contribute to big economic questions using insights derived from historical enquiry.
Current PhD students
Homer Wagenaar (PhD Economics, expected completion: 2022) As primary supervisor. Second supervisor: Norma Dawson Thesis title: The Law and Economics of the Dutch Patentless Period Fields: Economic History, Law & Economics, Innovation
Stephen Billington (PhD Economics, expected completion: 2020) Co-supervised with Christopher Coyle Thesis title: Innovation and Incentives in British Economic History Fields: Economic History, Industrial Organisation, Innovation, Machine Learning Placement: Tenure-track post in economics, Ulster University Business School, Jordanstown