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Tabitha Baker (University of Warwick)
The embroidery trade in eighteenth-century France

Mattia Bertazzini* (London School of Economics)
The economic impact of Italian colonial investments in Libya and in the Horn of Africa, 1920-2000

Oliver Bush (London School of Economics)
Central bank policy and bank lending in post-WWII Britain

Peter Candy (University of Edinburgh)
Rome's economic and elegal transformation: The development of Roman Maritime Law during the Late Republic

Sabine Schneider (University of Cambridge)
Imperial Germany and the politics of the International Gold Standard, 1834-79

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary


Robin Adams (University of Oxford)
Shadow of a taxman: how, and by whom, was the Republican Movement financed in the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21?

AdamsI am very grateful to the Economic History Society for its award of a PhD Bursary in 2017-18. The bursary was a huge help in the writing-up stage of my thesis, which investigates the funding of the Republican government during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). It also allowed me to produce a chapter for publication in an edited volume. Part of D. Kanter & P. Walsh (eds.,) Taxation, Politics and Protest in Ireland, 1692-2016 (Palgrave, 2019), the chapter explores the defection of tax collectors in Ireland, from the British government to the Irish Republic, before the latter gained either international recognition or territorial integrity.


Thilo Albers (London School of Economics)
Trade frictions, trade policy, and the interwar business cycle

AlbersWith the generous support of the EHS, I was able to submit my PhD to the LSE in 2018. The bursary was vital to my progress as it provided me with the financial freedom to fully concentrate on research. I could extend the data collection for two of my PhD chapters and write an additional one. Moreover, the scheme helped me to travel to Berlin facilitating data collection. One of my PhD papers is now published as 'The Prelude and Global Impact of the Great Depression in Explorations in Economic History with another one being at the R&R stage with the Economic History Review.




Stefano Locatelli (University of Manchester)
The other side of the coin: The political life of the Gold Florin of Florence and its agents, 1258-84
LocatelliThe award of an EHS PhD Bursary was of paramount importance for the completion of my PhD. The bursary provided significant financial support during my writing-up year. It funded several trips to the Vatican Archives and the State Archives of Florence, as well as to the British Library and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Florence, where I could consolidate my research and finalise my thesis. The bursary allowed me to participate in the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, where I could present the first outcomes of my research. I am extremely grateful to the Economic History Society for its generosity.

Christin Simons (University of St Andrews)
The Success of Neutrality? The perception and recognition of the Scandinavian Asiatic Companies by the Great East India Monopoly rivals

SimonsI had the privilege of being awarded an Economic History Society PhD Bursary for the second year of my PhD at the University of St Andrews. My thesis examines the development of strategies enabling smaller companies to subsist on the trade within China and Europe, like the Swedishand the Danish East India Company. I am very grateful to the EHS for its support. This bursary contributed towards my tuition, so it allowed me to fully concentrate carrying out research in the archives of London, Stockholm and Copenhagen.




Lorenzo Tabarrini* (University of Oxford)
The countryside of Florence and Lucca during the High Middle Ages (11th - 13th centuries):  A study on land management and its change
TabarriniBeing awarded an Olga Crisp/EHS PhD Bursary has proven essential to my research during the 3rd year of doctoral degree at the University of Oxford. The bursary contributed to my participation in two important conferences, the European Social Science and History Conference in Belfast, and the International Medieval Congress at University of Leeds. It also enabled me to turn two chapters of my thesis into independent papers: one has been accepted by an Italian journal, the second is currently under consideration to be published as part of the proceedings of a conference on labour and production in the Middle Ages.





Alexander Wakelam* (University of Cambridge)
Imprisonment for debt and female financial failure in the long eighteenth century

WakelamThe generous funding provided by the Olga Crisp PhD Bursary during the third year of my doctorate has proved invaluable. The bursary helped me to pay my unavoidable living costs and fees, allowing me to focus on completing research and analysis of eighteenth-century debtors’ prison commitment registers and their revelations on contract enforcement and female economic independence in this period. It also gave me the time to write and submit the thesis early, as well as draft several papers and acquire a publisher for the monograph resulting from the thesis.

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary


Marco Molteni (University of Oxford)
Bank failures: Which failure? Banking distress in Italy in the interwar period
MolteniIn the academic year 2016/17 I started my DPhil in economic and social history (part-time) at the University of Oxford, where I am studying banking distress and crisis resolution in Fascist Italy. Thanks to the generous grant from the EHS, I was able to spend three months in Oxford between October and December 2016, so that I could attend a Quantitative Methods course to exploit the statistical data I have been collecting. Subsequently, I spent one month in Rome between December and January, and I worked at the Historical Archives of the Bank of Italy. On the one hand, I developed the findings of my MPhil research and I could expand my "census and mapping" of distressed banks in Fascist Italy. On the other hand, I could check that all the material I needed for the next step of my research (studying crises resolution) was available.

Andrea Papadia* (London School of Economics)
Government Action under Constraints: Fiscal Development, Fiscal Policy and Public Goods Provision during the Great Depression and in 19th and early 20th Century Brazil
PapdiaThe award of the Olga Crisp EHS PhD Bursary has been fundamental in my last year of PhD, as it allowed me to concentrate fully on my research and future. During this time, I completed my Dissertation, writing a completely new article, and found a position as Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. In addition, the bursary contributed to my participation to two important conferences/workshops: the Economic History Association Annual conference 2016 in Colorado Boulder, USA; and the Politics and Sovereign Debt in Latin America in Historical Perspective Workshop in São Paulo, Brazil. 

Glenn Price (Keele University)
‘Un-civil practices’: logistics and supply in the British Civil Wars, 1638-52
PriceThe EHS PhD Bursary Scheme has proven essential to my research over the 2016/17 academic year, for which I am incredibly grateful. The award facilitated several research trips as well as contributing towards my tuition fees and living costs which, as a self-funded student, allowed me to focus on my studies of logistics and supply networks during the British Civil Wars. Furthermore, the award supported the successful completion of my Doctoral Progression, and the writing and delivery of my first conference paper - 'Garrisons, Convoys, and Taxes: Local military logistics and supply systems in the West Midlands, 1642-46'.

Rhiannon Sandy (Swansea University)
Apprenticeship indentures in England, 1250-1500
SandyI am still at quite an early stage in my research so this year has mainly involved data collection.  The bursary funded several essential research trips and allowed me to obtain copies of apprenticeship indentures, which form the basis of my research.  It also funded the purchase of books which aided me in the transcription and translation of indentures.  This in turn has enabled me to produce several conference papers this year (with conference attendance funded by the bursary), as well as providing the core of a chapter for my thesis in preparation for my Doctoral Progression.

Rebecca Simson (London School of Economics)
(Under)privileged bureaucrats?: The changing fortunes of public servants in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, 1960-2010
SimsonWith the generous support of an EHS PhD bursary I was able to complete my PhD at the London School of Economics. My PhD examines public sector employment policies in postcolonial East Africa, using long-run data on public expenditure, employment and household income to understand how the public services in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda evolved between the 1960s and the present. The bursary also enabled me to develop two of my chapters into papers; one is currently under consideration by a journal and the second has been published as a working paper. I also used my final year of studies to present my findings at several conferences and seminars.

Hatice Yıldız (University of Cambridge)
A comparative history of gender and factory labour in Ottoman Bursa and Colonial Bombay, c.1850-1910
YildizThanks to the generous EHS bursary, I have completed my doctoral project on gender and textile manufacturing in the late nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and British India. My thesis examines the ways in which gendered notions of skill, waged work, domesticity and technology shaped labour processes and class hierarchies in Bombay cotton spinning and Bursa silk reeling factories. It offers a fresh critique of the presumed relationship between male labour and formal employment, replacing it with a broader view that links factory production to gender relations at home and in the rural sphere. In addition to editing my thesis chapters, the grant enabled me to submit an article to the Journal of Social History and apply for postdoctoral positions in UK universities.


*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary


Robin Adams (University of Oxford)
Shadow of a Taxman: How, and by whom, was the Republican Movement financed in the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21?
AdamsMy DPhil thesis investigates how, and by whom, the Republican Movement was financed during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21). The Economic History Society’s PhD bursary scheme allowed me to spend the time necessary to answer the ‘by whom’ part of this question, by accessing, digitising and analysing the relevant archival material. Without support from the EHS, this laborious task would have been far more time consuming, potentially limiting its scope and rigour. By facilitating the in-depth study of source material, the bursary has greatly enhanced my thesis and I am very grateful to the EHS for its support.

Irene Bavuso (University of Oxford)
The sixth and earlier seventh centuries: Preconditions of the rise of the Emporia
BavusoThe EHS PhD Bursary Scheme has been an invaluable help for me during my third year of doctoral degree. Since the period of the award I have made substantial progress on my thesis, and I have also submitted an article for publication in a conference volume. During this year I have mostly worked on the archaeological evidence from sixth- and seventh-century Anglo-Saxon England and Merovingian France, which constitutes a major part of my project. The award was used as a contribution to my living expenses and to cover a period of research in France.

Evan Easton-Calabria (University of Oxford)
The secret livelihoods of refugees: A genealogy of refugee livelihoods assistance, 1919-2014
Easton-CalbriaI had the privilege of being awarded an Economic History Society PhD Bursary for the first year of my PhD at the University of Oxford. This bursary contributed towards my tuition as well as an archival research trip to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. It made a huge difference in my ability to both pay for tuition (as an international, self-funded student, this was enormously helpful) and undertake research in archives I otherwise would not have been able to visit. I am incredibly grateful for the support that the Economic History Society has offered me as I pursue my research in Refugee Studies.

Simon Gallaher (University of Cambridge)
Childhood and the public institutional care of children in Ireland, 1850-1914
GallaherMy bursary award supported a six-month research trip to various national and local archives in Ireland which provided me with a substantial body of local poor law union records.  These sources provide both the basis of a statistical analysis on child welfare under the Irish Poor Law and an insight into perceptions of pauper children by Irish society.  This research led to a refinement of my thesis around the question of competing models of pauper childhood examined through themes of education, industrial training, health, and institutionalization.

Benjamin Hellings (University of Oxford)
The economic integration of northwest Europe during the Roman Period
HellingsThe generous bursary provided by the Economic History Society was used to cover my tuition fees during the final year of my doctoral studies. The financial security provided by the bursary allowed me to focus on my research. I have spent the year finishing my thesis and have also had an article accepted by the Numismatic Chronicle, which is due to be published before the end of 2016. A chapter of my thesis is also due to be published in a monograph on Roman hoarding in the Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy series, published by Oxford University Press.

Joshua Ivinson (University of Cambridge)
Commercial networks and occupational structure of the West Country transatlantic dry cod industry, c.1560-1650
IvinsonThe generosity of the EHS PhD Bursary Scheme allowed me to begin my PhD studies in October 2015 by assisting with the cost of my tuition fees. It has also enabled me to conduct research in the National Archives and local archives across England which was crucial in helping me develop my thesis regarding the 17th-century export trade of preserved fish. As such, I have been able to develop further links with a key ERC project, plan further international research, and initiate what I hope will be a successful and far-reaching project on the history of European food consumption.

Abhijit Sarkar* (University of Oxford)
Beyond famines: Wartime state, society and the polticization of food in Colonial India, 1939-45
SarkarThe generous funding from the Economic History Society enabled me to write up my chapters while living in Oxford. It also allowed me to conduct supplementary research at the Nuffield College Library in Oxford, and at the British Library in London, which broadened the source base of my research and led to a refinement of my arguments. During this past year, I presented my research findings at two conferences respectively at the Columbia University in New York, and at the University of Chicago in Chicago. I express my deep gratitude to the Economic History Society for its generous support.

Timo Schrader (University of Nottingham)
'Mejore, no se mude!' Sustainable activism and community reclamation of space in New York City, 1964-2001
SchraderThanks to the generous support of the EHS PhD Bursary Scheme, I was fortunate enough to afford conference and research travel on two distinct occasions: (1) paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta in January 2016 and (2) research travel to NYC in April 2016. The AHA conference provided me with the opportunity to meet leading figures in my field while the New York trip was spent examining rare organisational records of Puerto Rican community groups in the Lower East Side. I submitted the AHA paper to a peer-reviewed journal in May 2016.

Partha Pratim Shil (University of Cambridge)
Police labour and state-formation in Bengal c.1860 to c.1950
Pratim ShilThe bursary contributed to my living expenses in the fourth year of my doctoral work, and enabled me to write up my dissertation while living in Cambridge.  It also allowed me to conduct supplementary research at the British Library in London, which substantially added to the breadth and diversity of my dissertation’s source base.  Over the past year, this financial support gave me the opportunity to present my research findings at workshops and conferences in Cambridge, U.S., and India, and to receive invaluable feedback.  I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Economic History Society for their support.

Meng Wu (London School of Economics)
Traditions and innovations: An exploration of the governance structure, business strategy and historical development of the Chinese Shanxi piaohao, 1820s to 1930s
WuThe EHS Bursary has offered me tremendous support during the last academic year. For me, it is not only an endorsement of my research but also helped me to cover my archival work expenses and tuition fees. With this bursary, I have been able to undertake archival work in Japan and collect first-hand sources for my research. The sources I have collected and compiled not only filled the void where this subjected is concerned, but also deepened my analyses and sharpened my arguments. It is this bursary that alleviated my financial burden and helped me to concentrate on my work. I feel really grateful for that.

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary.


Angela Evans (Cardiff University)
Cinema, entrepreneurship and society in the south Wales valleys, 1900-1950s
Evans picThe EHS bursary has supported several visits to The National Archives to review cinema company records. Very little use has previously been made of these records possibly because of the cultural rather than economic orientation of much cinema historiography. The records have allowed me to identify the individuals behind cinema entrepreneurship in the South Wales valleys and build up an understanding of how enterprises formed, flourished and floundered. The records reveal that many cinema entrepreneurs were local businessmen eager to cash in on the growing popularity of ‘going to the pictures.’ This has important implications for how business was conducted and how cinema was received by local communities.

Benjamin Hellings (University of Oxford)
The economic integration of northwest Europe during the Roman Period
Hellings picSince receiving the award, I have spent most of the past academic year collecting and digitizing Roman numismatic find-spot data. This process, which started early 2013, was finally completed February 2015. The database now counts approximately 600,000 hoarded and non-hoarded Roman coins from northwest Europe (Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands).
Since finalising my data collection, I have conducted several quality checks on the database and dataset and started writing several chapters for my dissertation. The generous bursary provided by the EHS was used to cover tuition fees and a replacement laptop.

Hannah Hogan (University of York)
Labouring identities and sociability in Yorkshire, 1650-1750
Hogan picSince being awarded a bursary in September 2014 I have been working towards completion of the first chapter of my thesis whilst working part-time and teaching. I have also published two book reviews and successfully delivered a conference paper outlining my research to colleagues. I am currently working on a paper based on research for my second chapter which I will deliver at Lund University this September.

I am very grateful to the Economic History Society for this generous award. Having experienced significant financial difficulty in the first 18 months of my PhD, this bursary has made a huge difference. 

Leonard Kukic (London School of Economics)
Economic growth, policies and geography: evidence from Yugoslav regions, 1945-90
Kukic picI have used the generous contribution from the Economic History Society to fund the tuition fee for my second year of the PhD programme at the London School of Economics.  During this year last, I have made significant progress towards the completion of the doctoral thesis.  My thesis will consist of three major chapters investigating economic development in socialist Yugoslavia.  Since receiving the award, I have produced two working papers.

Stefan Nikolic (University of York)
Industrial location, market integration and financial contagion: evidence from interwar Yugoslavia
Nikolic picDuring the funding period I have made considerable progress in the three major chapters of my PhD thesis.  As a brief overview, I am happy to say that in the past academic year I have managed to collect new data, apply new methodologies and fine tune the ones I have already been using, learn new GIS software, present my research at several conferences, and polish a chapter for journal submission.  None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the generous EHS bursary, which contributed to my living expenses. Therefore, I thank the EHS for its support of my research. 

Sumiyo Nishizaki (London School of Economics)
Migration back to Japan: economic experiences of Japanese repatriates, 1945-56
NishizakiThe funding was gratefully used to conduct research for my project, pay tuition and to pay conference attendance fees. I had a productive year; much of the data input and writing has been completed. I was able to access the employment records of the South Manchuria Railway Company required for my final core chapter.

In October 2014, I participated in a doctoral competition, organised by the Comparative Histories of Asia group of the Institute of Historical Research, and won first prize. These were all made possible by the generous funding from the Economic History Society. I sincerely appreciate it. 

Georgios Regkoukos* (King's College London)
O Rus! Land, the state and societal upheaval in a blacksoil provice: Tambov, 1850-90
Regkoukos picThanks to the Economic Society's generous and continued support, I was finally able to conduct research in the Russian Federation while visiting the country for a prolonged period of time, which would have been impossible otherwise. The Bursary helped me achieve a substantial part of my goals for the past two years and was instrumental for the completion of my PhD thesis. What's more, my research includes a good measure of social science methods, such as Social Network Analysis, as well as economic history, so this Bursary was in fact expended for the benefit of an interdisciplinary project.

Antonia Strachey (University of Oxford)
Living standards and public policy in late colonial India
Strachey pic

My Economic History Society bursary was awarded in August 2014 during the final year of my doctoral studies. For most doctoral candidates that is a stressful period in their studies and I was no exception. The financial security provided by the bursary enabled me to focus on my work and to see my thesis through to submission and examination. My doctorate covered the fiscal and economic history of early twentieth century India. I am extremely grateful to the Economic History Society for the support they gave me and for helping me on the road to passing my viva.

Elizabeth Wiedenheft (University of Nottingham)
The Movement of Saints’ Corporeal Relics in Western Europe, c. 800-1200
Wiedenheft picDuring the year covered by the EHS Bursary, I wrote two chapters of my thesis; the first on hiding relics and the second on stealing relics.  I gave three conference presentations: one on the trade of relics between England and Flanders in the eleventh century; the second on temporary sacred spaces erected during the tours of relics in France and Belgium; and the last on the socio-economic value of work and able-bodiedness.  I also completed two articles, ‘Work and Relics: The Socio-Economic Value of Being Healed’ and ‘Communicative Miracles in the Establishment and Rise of Medieval Saints’ Cults’, which will soon be submitted for publication.

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary.


Carol Beardmore (University of Leicester)
The rural community through the eyes of the land-agent William Castleman and his sons 1812-54

Kate Boehme (University of Cambridge)
Opium, capitalism, and economically-nationalist perspectives in Western India, 1845-1870

Sarah Campbell (University of Oxford)
Waists, health and history: Obesity in the nineteenth century

Judy Stephenson (London School of Economics)
The forms and rates of pay in eighteenth-century London

Steven Taylor (University of Leicester)
Dealing with the insane child:  A comparative regional study of child lunacy in the period 1845-1907

Guido Van Meersbergen (University College London)
Ethnography and trade in South Asia: Dutch and English East India Company approaches to cross-cultural commerce (c.1595-1700)

Stephan Werner (London School of Economics)
Quantitative performance of reinsurance companies during the interwar period

Robin Winkler* (University of Oxford)
Household consumption and saving in interwar Germany, 1927-37

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary.


Douglas Brown (King's College London)
Pauperism and profit: Financial management, business practices and the new poor law in England and Wales, 1834-c.1900

Pinar Ceylan* (London School of Economics)
Ottoman inheritance inventory: A source for economic geography and price history

Joseph Day (University of Cambridge)
Leaving home and migrating in nineteenth-century England and Wales: Evidence from the 1881 census enumerators’ books (CEBs)

Adrian Leonard (University of Cambridge)
Financial history of London marine insurance 1548-1824

Robin McCallum (Queen's University Belfast)
English medieval towns and the monarchy, 1272-1350

Harry Smith (University of Oxford)
Propertied society and public life: the social history of Birmingham, 1780-1832

Stephen Werronen (University of Leeds)
The Minster and Borough of Ripon after the Black Death

*Awarded The Olga Crisp PhD Bursary.


James Barker (University of Bristol)
Local tribunals and the working of the conscription process in England 1916-18

Francisco Beltran Tapia (University of Oxford)
Common lands and economic development in 19th-century Spain

Mary Cox, (University of Oxford)
Women and children first: an anthropometric analysis of children’s nutrition in First World War Germany

Agostino Inguscio (University of Oxford)
Civil violence, protection and trade: Genoa during the Commercial Revolution

Raphaelle Schwarzberg (London School of Economics)
The household and economic mobility in early modern England

Janice Turner (University of Hertfordshire)
An anatomy of London’s most disorderly neighbourhood: Rosemary Lane and Rag Fair in the late 17th and 18th centuries

Andrea Zerbini (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Settlement dynamics in the marginal: a study of the Levantine agricultural economy (1st-8th centuries)

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