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    Appointments at Queen's University Belfast:
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen's Management School (from August 2019)
    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, Amsterdam.


    Research Statement

    Chris Colvin is an economic historian with research interests in banking crises, corporate governance, innovation policy, 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.


    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



    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 is involved in various efforts to promote the fields of business, economic and financial history to wider audiences. As such, he is a committee member of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland (since 2013), the European Association for Banking and Fincial History (since 2016), Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (since 2017), and the Money Macro and Finance Research Group (since 2019). He was the local organiser of the Economic History Society's 2019 annual conference.



    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.


    Teaching duties:

    • Communicating Economics (ECO1014, introductory-level UG economics module)
    • Economic History (ECO3020, advanced-level UG economics module)
    • Making Sense of a Complex World (MBA7172, MBA economics & finance module)



    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 (2018): SJR 1.244 SNIP 1.727


    • Business History

      ISSNs: 0007-6791

      Taylor and Francis Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.702 SNIP 1.235


    • Explorations in Economic History

      ISSNs: 0014-4983

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1090-2457

      Academic Press Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.15 SNIP 1.576


    • The Journal of Economic History

      ISSNs: 0022-0507

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-6372

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 2.117 SNIP 1.698


    • Business History Review

      ISSNs: 0007-6805

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2044-768X

      Harvard Business School Publishing

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.639 SNIP 1.408


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