Joanna Thomas

Economic and Social History

PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC+3)
Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Britain's seafaring men and women: an analysis of the maritime labour force 1850-1911

My research is focused on 19th-century British seafarers and maritime communities. Using quantitative and qualitative methods I am investigating the maritime labour force from 1850 – 1911, and am looking at the impact of the introduction of the steamship and the change from sail to steam on the social and economic structures of the maritime labourers. I am examining social backgrounds, motivations for going to sea, opportunities for social mobility in maritime communities, crew financially investing in shipping, and women at sea and their roles in maritime communities and businesses.

Research supervisors: Professor Maria Fusaro, Dr David Thackeray