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Economy

Economy

Radical changes in the form and location of economic activity, income and wealth have occurred in Britain and Europe in various phases from Medieval times up to the present. These affected personal economic opportunity, the occupational choices of the population, their welfare, mobility, skills, consumption and demographic structures. These in turn influenced the development of business growth and innovation, and the economies of localities, regions and nations.

CAMPOP has made numerous contributions to understanding the development of economic, social and demographic interactions, and all aspects of production and the labour force, agrarian and industrial, throughout history. This theme currently focuses primarily on the British economy, but set in the context of European and global developments. Key current projects include:

  • Employment status as business proprietors and entrepreneurs
  • Gender and household structures of employers, self-employed own-account, compared to waged labour
  • Firm size distribution of the business population
  • The distribution of land ownership and wealth
  • Rural housing
  • Changes from an 'organic' to industrial and services economy

This research is generally focused on large scale data, GIS and quantitative analysis.

Research projects

Drivers of entrepreneurship and small business

Drivers of entrepreneurship and small business

How did business ownership, entrepreneur choices and spatial patterns evolve 1851-1911, and subsequently?

The Land Tax in England and Wales 1798 and landownership and tenancy distribution

The Land Tax in England and Wales 1798 and landownership and tenancy distribution

What do the earliest accurate figures for the distribution of landownership in Britain show, using the Land Tax assessments for 1798?

English rural housing c. 1450 - c. 1950

English rural housing c. 1450 - c. 1950

How have the design and amenities of rural housing been affected by local and national political and welfare considerations the late middle ages?

PhD research projects

Earlier projects