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Financial and banking history, Monetary history, Business history, Economic history


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Research Interests

Economic and financial history, law and finance, banking

Research Statement

John Turner has been a Professor of Finance and Financial History at Queen’s University Belfast since 2005.  His research is focussed on the long-run evolution and development of banking, banking crises, bubbles, and financial markets. He is the author of Banking in Crisis, published by Cambridge University Press. Banking in Crisis won the 2015 Wadsworth Prize. His most recent book, Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles, was on a Financial Times Best Economics Book of the Year and has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Guardian, Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph and City AM. 


John has held several distinguished visiting positions - he was the Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England in 2003 and the Alfred D. Chandler Fellow at the Harvard Business School in 2010. He has also been a visiting porfessor at the University of Melbourne and Yale University.

He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2018.


Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles

Boom and Bust is a global history of financial bubbles, covering major episodes from five different continents over the past 300 years. It uses this previously unwritten history to explain what causes bubbles, what their consequences are, and what the lessons are for investors and policymakers today.

Boom and Bust has been translated into Korean and Japanese.

The book is available from Cambridge University Press, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, and many other outlets. You can read reviews and endorsements of the book here, and learn more about the authors here.


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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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