Saskia Polly Lowe

Economic and Social History

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

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Morality and the Market: Contested Commodification in Eighteenth-Century England (PhD); The Marriage Market or Simply the Market? The Spouse as a Contested Commodity in Eighteenth Century Britain (MRes)

My PhD research will consider the eighteenth-century market through a socio-economic lens. I will apply interdisciplinary ideas about ‘contest commodities’ and conflicting ideas of morality and the market to early modern market attitudes and actions, exploring and comparing specific disputed goods and services, such as food, prostitution and the cadaver.

My MRes dissertation explores changes to perceptions and practices of marriage within the context of the shifting eighteenth-century economy. Through the combined analysis of advice literature, parliamentary debates and satire, it will show the intertwined nature of the social and the economic by exploring the parallels between changes to marriage and to the market.


Research supervisors: Professor Sarah Toulalan, Dr Richard Ward