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Economic & Social History


Economic and social history is the study of the way societies have changed in their economic activities and social organisation. It is concerned with how people in the past lived and worked, and how this has affected the development of today’s world.

Research in Economic and Social History is hosted at Nottingham by the Department of History. Academics working with social and/or economic methodologies cover a chronological range from the thirteenth century to the present day.

We welcome applicants with an interest in pursuing social science research into any aspects of the region's historical and contemporary development. Recently funded projects have included:

  • Urban experience and everyday life in Braşov, 1867-1914
  • Authority and Monetary Relations in Hungary, 1945-1968
  • Women’s labour in the factory and home in the Soviet 1920s
  • Labour mobility in the Russian empire in the late nineteenth century
  • Corruption and foreign trade in the early Soviet Union
  • Valuing women's work in Late Medieval England
  • The Impact of Plague Mortality on Local Courts in England and Wales in the Later Fourteenth Century
  • Yugoslav Development Strategies for Integrating into World Markets, 1958-1972


Applicants in Economic & Social History interested in applying for entry should contact a prospective supervisor or, if you have yet to identify an appropriate advisor, Dr Jörg Arnold. by Monday 4th December 2023. Please send your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level on economic and social history and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic. We can advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our departmental interests and expertise.

As this studentship is funded by the ESRC, your proposed research project must principally employ social science methods. For further guidance on disciplinary remit, see this page. If you have concerns about the ‘fit’ of your project with the ESRC remit, you may use the query form on that page.

Key Facts:

Structure of Provision: Masters + PhD funding or PhD-only funding, either full-time or part-time
PG Application:

Apply for the PhD in History via the University of Nottingham online admissions system. Please specify your have applied for ESRC funding on your Nottingham application.

Pathway Contact: Dr Jörg Arnold