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Joseph Day, BSc (Hons), MPhil

Joseph Day, BSc (Hons), MPhil

PhD Candidate (registered in the Faculty of History)

At present, my research interests focuses on identifying the causes of the heterogeneity of demographic experience observed among proto-industrial populations.



  • 2008-Present: Co-Director, Daydreamer Theatre Company Ltd.
  • 2005-Present: Co-Director, Aim Higher Tuition Ltd.
  • 2007-2008: Higher Level Teaching Advisor in Mathematics and English, Westfield Community Technology College, Watford


  • 2009-Present: PhD Candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
  • 2008-2009: MPhil Economic and Social History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
  • 2004-2007: BSc Economic History, Department of Economic History, London School of Economics


At present, my research employs digitised 19th century census data to investigate patterns of household formation in a range of proto-industrial occupations across England and Wales. By investigating different proto-industrial demographic behaviour across both time and space, I hope to isolate the underlying factors driving demographic patterns in a way that individual case studies have been unable to do. Therefore, rather than simply claiming either a universal proto-industrial demographic pattern, or none at all, it will be possible to determine which features of proto-industry – and proto-industrial context – had which demographic effects.


Conference and Seminar Papers

  • 'Should I Stay or Should I Go? Leaving Home & Family Strategies in Proto-Industrial Hertfordshire, 1851-1881', King's College Graduate Seminar, University of Cambridge, October 2009
  • 'Opportunity costs, strategy, and the female age at leaving home in England, 1851-1881', Gender & History Workshop, University of Cambridge, February 2010
  • 'A formal analysis of proto-industrial household structure: An investigation of the nineteenth-century census enumerators' books in England and Wales, 1851-1881', Economic and Social History Graduate Workshop, University of Cambridge, March 2010