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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am keen to supervise research projects across the field of economic history, including topics in business history and financial history.


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Personal profile


Appointments at Queen's University Belfast:
Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen's Management School
Research Associate, Centre for Economic History 
Associate Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies

Administrative duties:
Programme Director, BSc Economics
NINE DTP Coordinator, Economic & Social History Pathway

Professional service:
Associate, The Economics Network
Committee member, Economic and Social History Society of Ireland 
Board member, Frontier Research in Economic and Social History
Editorial board member, Business History
Editor, QUCEH Working Paper Series
Webmaster, Money Macro and Finance Society

Office hours:
Please email to arrange online meeting

External links:
Full academic CV
Personal website 
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Research Focus

Chris Colvin combines economics and history to better understand the performance of firms, industries, economies and societies. Specifically, his expertise is thinking through the short, medium and long term consequences of policy decisions, given the lessons from history.

Chris is an expert on the interwar economy. Topics Chris has studied include historical banking crises, cooperative organisations, culture and religion, health crises and sample selection, patents and innovation, and the economic policymaking process. He is also very interested in economic history pedagogy.

Chris has published in The Journal of Economic HistoryThe Economic History Review and Business History Review, among others. He has co-edited a book on economic history pedagogy published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is a member of the editorial board of Business History.


Research Interests

  • Economics: banking and financial institutions; cooperative enterprises; competition and innovation policy; macroeconomic policymaking process; economics of religion; demographic economics; anthropometrics
  • History: economic history; financial history; business history; penal and prison history; the Netherlands in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; post-Famine Ireland
  • Pedagogy: curriculum and syllabus design; research-led teaching practices



Chris holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol, and an MSc and PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching at Queen's University Belfast. He is an Associate of the Economics Network, the UK's learned society for university-level pedagogy in economics.

Before joining Queen's in 2012, Chris was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He has spent time as a visiting fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of California at Davis, and Utrecht University. In 2019 he was a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam.



Current teaching duties:

  • Communicating Economics (ECO1014, introductory-level UG economics module)
  • Economic History (ECO3020, advanced-level UG economics module)
  • Making Sense of a Complex World: The Global Economic Environment (MBA7172, MBA economics module)

Current PhD students:


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Research Output

  • Open Access
  • 206 Downloads (Pure)

    An Economist's Guide to Economic History

    Blum, M. (ed.) & Colvin, C. L. (ed.), Dec 2018, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 459 p. (Palgrave Studies in Economic History)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Open Access
  • 315 Downloads (Pure)


    NIAS-KNAW Individual Fellowship

    Colvin, Chris (Recipient), 15 Mar 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • The Economics Network Best New Lecturer Award

    Colvin, Chris (Recipient), 05 Sep 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • European Business History Association Dissertation Prize

    Colvin, Chris (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid of Research

    Colvin, Chris (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Associate of the Economics Network

    Colvin, Chris (Recipient), Sep 2019

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Business History (Journal)

    Chris Colvin (Editorial board member)

    Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    History and Economics Workshop

    Chris Colvin (Invited speaker), , Michael Aldous (Contributor), & David Paulson (Contributor)

    24 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Economic History Brown-Bag Seminar

    Chris Colvin (Invited speaker)

    30 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Koninklijke Brill (Publisher)

    Chris Colvin (Peer reviewer), & Homer Wagenaar (Peer reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    QUB Economics Seminar

    Christopher L. Colvin (Invited speaker), & Philip Fliers (Contributor)

    04 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Non-technical summary of research on the Spanish flu

    Chris Colvin & Eoin McLaughlin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Podcast about economic recovery following the Spanish flu and WW1

    Chris Colvin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Op-ed on capital mobility during the interwar gold standard

    Chris Colvin & Philip Fliers


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Contribution to radio documentary series on the 1918 influenza pandemic

    Chris Colvin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Radio interview about the 1918 influenza pandemic

    Chris Colvin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Historical Reflections on Religion, Finance and Economic Development

    Author: Henderson, S. S. J., Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Colvin, C. L. (Supervisor), Fernihough, A. (Supervisor) & Turner, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Industrialisation, Politics, and Banking Instability in Late Imperial Russia

    Author: Lychakov, N., Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Colvin, C. L. (Supervisor) & Turner, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Patents, Machine Learning, and War: Invention during the British Industrial Revolution

    Author: Billington, S., Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Colvin, C. L. (Supervisor) & Coyle, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy