Economic and Social History Alumni

  • Dr Joanne Laban

    Economics and Social History Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Economic and Social history (ESRC +3)
    College of Humanities, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2011

    Research topic: The influence of culture on decision making under risk and uncertainty

    Research supervisors: Professor Martin Thomas

    Email: jl433@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Guy Solomon

    Economics and Social History Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Humanities, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: The living standards of Tyneside coal miners during the Industrial Revolution

    Email: gss208@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Josh Rhodes

    Economics and Social History Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Humanities, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: 2018

    Research topic: Agrarian Capitalism in England, c.1650 - c.1800: A new methodological approach

    My research challenges traditional approaches to the development of agrarian capitalism in England by proposing a new way of defining and measuring capitalist agrarian development. I employ an innovative methodology to reconstruct and map seventeenth- and eighteenth-century landholding in more detail than has previously been possible. Using this dataset, I examine the lives of individual cultivators, focusing on subletting, by-employment, life cycle, labour, and market orientation.

    Research supervisors: Professor Henry French, Dr Freyja Cox Jensen

    Professional memberships/Positions held:   Member of the Economic History Society Member of the British Agricultural History Society Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  

    Email: jmr208@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshrhodes12

    Website/Blog: https://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/joshrhodes


  • Dr Amy Ridgway

    Economics and Social History Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC +3)
    College of Humanities, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2014

    Graduation date: September 2020

    Research topic: Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834

    For my PhD, I am undertaking a comprehensive analysis of wage labour and poverty in Dorset from c.1680 to 1834. My research, which will be a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, will help bridge the gap in literature by directly linking these two topics. It will consider how individuals and households managed to survive at the subsistence level and what happened if they did not manage to ‘get by’. The research will focus on the Kingston Lacy estate, in east Dorset.

    Research supervisors: Professor Jane Whittle, Professor Henry French

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Assistant Editor of Ex Historia, Member of the Economic History Society, SWDTC Conference Chair 2015

    Email: acr216@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/amy_ridgway1


  • Dr Clare Maudling

    Economics and Social History Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Humanities, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: July 2019

    Research topic: Post-war reconstruction in the South West

    I am researching the post-Second World War reconstruction of Bristol, Plymouth and Exeter and the challenges the cities faced in rebuilding. I am particularly interested in the political and architectural continuity between the inter-war and post-war eras and the economic and financial constraints placed on blitzed cities in the late 1940’s. I am also researching the interwar planning and housing projects undertaken in each city to demonstrate the continuity in planning seen in the 20th century. My other research interests include architectural history, the evolution of town planning and housing, local studies, and the history of Devon.

    Research supervisors: Professor Richard Overy, Professor Richard Toye

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Royal Historical Society (post-graduate member) International Planning History Society (student member) Devon History Society

    Email: clm228@hotmail.com

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareMaudling

    Website/Blog: https://reconstructingcities.wordpress.com/