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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 from Queen's and based at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam.


    Research Statement

    Chris Colvin is an economic historian with research interests in banking crises, corporate governance, cultural economics, and demographic change. 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 nineteenth century. He has published in The Journal of Economic History, The Economic History Review and Business History Review, 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.

    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 is currently 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. Alongside Matthias Blum, he leads a pedagogical project to introduce concepts and approaches from across the field of economic history into mainstream economics curricula. The first output of the project is a new multi-authored edited volume written for both university students and their educators.


    Recent teaching duties:

    • Managerial Economics (ECO2009, semester-long intermediate-level undergraduate course, QUB)
    • Economic History (ECO3020, semester-long advanced-level undergraduate course, QUB)



    Current PhD students:


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    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to supervise projects across the field of economic history, broadly defined. 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 and social 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


    • Business History Review

      ISSNs: 0007-6805

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2044-768X

      Harvard Business School Publishing

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.51 SJR 0.347 SNIP 0.918


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