Chris Colvin


  • Room 01.024 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

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

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

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, BSc Economics with Finance, and BSc Economics with a Language
NINE DTP Pathway Coordinator, Economic & Social History

Office hours:
By appointment

External links:
Full academic CV
Personal website 


Research Focus

Chris Colvin is an economic historian with research interests in banking crises, corporate governance, innovation policy, cultural economics, and macroeconomic policymaking. His research addresses issues in the business and financial history of the Netherlands in the early twentieth century, and the economic and social history of Ireland in the second half of the nineteenth century. He has published in The Journal of Economic HistoryThe Economic History Review and Business History Review, among others. 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; Ireland in the nineteenth century
  • 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 from 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.



Chris subscribes to the view that economic history is integral to the study of economics and economies. He leads a pedagogical research project aiming to introduce concepts and approaches from across the field of economic history into mainstream economics curricula. The first output of the project is a multi-authored edited volume (Blum and Colvin, 2018) written for both university students and their educators.

Current teaching:

  • 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)



Chris supervises PhD students in the fields of economic history and historical economics, broadly defined. Find out more about his supervision profile here.

Current PhD students:

  • Paul Winfree (part-time; expected completion in 2024), as co-supervisor (with John Turner)
  • Homer Wagenaar (expected completion in 2021), as primary supervisor (second supervisor: Norma Dawson)

Former PhD students:


Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Chris Colvin is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

The Netherlands Business & Economics
1920s Arts & Humanities
Economics Business & Economics
Banking Business & Economics
Economic history Business & Economics
Financial crisis Business & Economics
Ireland Business & Economics
Financial Crisis Arts & Humanities

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2012 2012

Standard of Living

Research Output 2009 2019

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

Economic history
Economic History
Economic research
150 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Organizational form
Financial crisis
Small and medium-sized enterprises
247 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
The Netherlands
1 Citation (Scopus)
196 Downloads (Pure)

Work Ethic, Social Ethic, no Ethic: Measuring the Economic Values of Modern Christians

Colvin, C. L. & McCracken, M., 02 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Applied Econometrics. 32, 5, p. 1043-1053

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social ethics
economic value
moral philosophy

The past, present and future of banking history

Colvin, C. L., 2017, The Routledge Companion to Business History. Wilson, J. F., Toms, S., de Jong, A. & Buchnea, E. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 89-106

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


NIAS-KNAW Individual Fellowship

Chris Colvin (Recipient), 15 Mar 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

social science and humanities

The Economics Network Best New Lecturer Award

Chris Colvin (Recipient), 05 Sep 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


European Business History Association Dissertation Prize

Chris Colvin (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Business History
Annual Conference
PhD Dissertation

Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid of Research

Chris Colvin (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Economic History Association
Henry Cole

Associate of the Economics Network

Chris Colvin (Recipient), Sep 2019

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2012 2020

Business History (Journal)

Chris Colvin (Editorial board member)
Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Brexit: an analysis of a political accident

Chris Colvin (Invited speaker)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Economic History and the Future of Economics

Chris Colvin (Keynote speaker)
18 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Economics Seminar, University College Cork

Chris Colvin (Invited speaker)
02 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

European Historical Economics Society

Chris Colvin (Presenter), Graham Brownlow (Contributor), Philip T. Fliers (Contributor)
29 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Op-ed about economic history pedagogy

Chris Colvin


1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Television interview about prison research

Christopher L. Colvin & Elaine Farrell


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., 2019

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy