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PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Medieval social and economic history
- Medieval urban history
- Pre-modern markets and trade


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Personal profile


James Davis was an undergraduate at the University of Durham and a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge, completing a PhD on retail trade and market culture in late medieval England. He was appointed to his present post at Queen's in February 2005.

Research Statement

Dr Davis's main research interests focus upon medieval social and economic history, particularly medieval English towns, markets and trade. He has examined the market culture and practices of medieval England through a variety of literary and legal sources and published numerous articles from this research. His recent monograph (publshed in 2012 by Cambridge University Press) was entitled Medieval market morality: life, law and ethics in the English marketplace, 1200-1500. He has also worked and published on the early-Reformation heretical book trade.


Dr James Davis teaches on the following programmes / modules:


The Peasants' Revolt, 1381 (HIS3011)

Life, Love and Death in England and Ireland, 1350-1650 (HIS2052)

Exploring History I: The Black Death (HIS1003)

History and Historians (HIS1001) 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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