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    Appointments at Queen's University Belfast:
    Lecturer in Economics, Queen's Management School (since 2012)
    Research Associate, Centre for Economic History (since 2012)
    Associate Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies (since 2016)


    Office location:
    Room 01.024, Riddel Hall Block 3
    185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE, UK


    I am currently on research leave (until September 2019).
    Please direct any queries about our undergraduate economics programmes to Heather Dickey.


    Research Statement

    Chris Colvin is an economic historian with research interests in banking crises, corporate governance, cultural economics, and demographic change. His research mostly 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 nineteenth century. He has published in The Journal of Economic History, The Economic History Review, Explorations in Economic History, and Business History, among others. He is the local organiser of the Economic History Society Annual Conference 2019, which will take place in Belfast, 5-7 April 2019.


    Research Interests

    • Economics: banking and financial institutions; cooperative enterprises; competition and innovation policy; economics of religion; economics of education; 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


    Achievements and Distinctions

    Chris Colvin 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 has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching from Queen's University Belfast.

    Chris won the European Business History Association's Dissertation Prize in 2012 'for the best business history PhD dissertation submitted to a European university in the previous two years'.

    And in 2013, he won a national prize for his teaching: the Economics Network's Best New Lecturer Award 'in recognition of exemplary teaching practice that encourages understanding of and inspires interest in economics'.

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



    Chris subscribes to the view that economic history is integral to the study of economics and economies. Alongside Matthias Blum, he leads a project to introduce concepts and approaches from across the field of economic history into mainstream economics curricula. The first result of the project is a new multi-author edited volume written for both university students and their educators. The book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2018.


    Current PhD students:


    Completed PhD students:

    • Nikita Lychakov (completed in 2018), as co-supervisor (with John Turner)
    • Stuart Henderson (completed in 2017), as co-supervisor (with John Turner)

    Willingness to take PhD. students


    PhD projects

    I am of the view that economic history needs to be re-inserted into the teaching and research agendas of economics departments and business schools. Consequently, my PhD students must always relate their economic history research to bigger economic questions.

    Frequent Journals

    • Economic History Review

      ISSNs: 0013-0117

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-0289


      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.48 SJR 1.209 SNIP 1.833


    • Business History

      ISSNs: 0007-6791

      Taylor and Francis Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1 SJR 0.517 SNIP 0.955


    • Explorations in Economic History

      ISSNs: 0014-4983

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1090-2457

      Academic Press Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.36 SJR 1.187 SNIP 1.344


    • The Journal of Economic History

      ISSNs: 0022-0507

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-6372

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.5 SJR 1.82 SNIP 1.682


    • Journal of Applied Econometrics

      ISSNs: 0883-7252

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-1255

      John Wiley and Sons Ltd

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.35 SJR 3.899 SNIP 2.028


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