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