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 field of economic history, including topics in business history and financial history.


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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 and BSc Economics with Finance
NINE Doctoral Training Programme Coordinator, Economic and 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
Editorial board member, The Economics Observatory
Editor, QUCEH Working Paper Series
Webmaster, Money Macro and Finance Society

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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: the causes and consequences of banking crises; culture, religion and cooperative organisations; famines, pandemics and sample selection; patents, invention and the process of innovation; and the formulation and development of government policy. He is also very interested in pedagogical research.

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; demographic history; penal and prison history; the Netherlands in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; post-Famine Ireland; Spanish flu pandemic
  • 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)

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