The Economic and Social History Pathway is one of the strongest concentrations of historical researchers in the UK. We aim to produce the next generation of methodologically-sophisticated historians who will be outward-looking and possess high-level skills in the applicability of social science methods in historical research. The pathway is committed to developing innovative and interdisciplinary research among a diverse body of postgraduate students. We offer supervision and training ranging from quantitative economic and business history to digital history and qualitative socio-cultural history. Specialist core training allows our students to acquire skills in methodologies tailored to their own programme of research. Students join thriving and diverse research cultures; our departments have an outstanding track-record of research funding and outputs in economic and social history. Expertise ranges across the British Isles and Continental Europe to the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Prestigious international links are embedded into our doctoral programme. We promote knowledge exchange and public engagement by collaborating with a range of Non-HEI partners through our successful CASE studentships and support postdoctoral work for outstanding graduates.
Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding
N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship
University of Liverpool
- MA Twentieth Century History
- MA Cultural History
- MA Eighteenth Century Worlds
- MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- MA International Slavery Studies
- MRes History
- Archives and Records Management MARM
- PhD History
University of Manchester
- MA History
- MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine
- PhD History
- PhD History of Science, Technology and Medicine
For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.
Contact details for Economic and Social History Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here
Current Economic and Social History NWSSDTP students
Ruby Hawthorn Rutter (2017 Cohort)
Being a Lady: the Elite Woman’s Lived Experience in the Eighteenth-Century English Country House, 1720-1830
This thesis seeks to flesh out the figure of the eighteenth-century elite woman by considering her lived experience within the English country house. It aims to investigate how elite women felt about, interacted with, and navigated the country house space, and considers what impact it had on their emotions, their health, their identities, their relationships and their engagement with consumerism.
Jamie Farrington (2017 Cohort)
Understanding the Impact of Injury and Infection Among the Workers and the Wealthy of the Quarry Bank Mill (1847-1920) and the Use of Heritage for Contemporary Communities
I examine the health and wellbeing of the three distinct groups, the mill owners the Gregs, the workers and the apprentice children who lived at Quarry Bank Mill. I explore the impact of the environment, living and working conditions, diet and nutrition on the health of these groups, looking into the injuries and infections which they suffered.
Aneurin Merrill-Glover (2019 Cohort)
- University of Manchester
- Website: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/aneurin.merrill-glover-postgrad.html
- Email Address: Aneurin.firstname.lastname@example.org
- MethodsX Stream: Archives, Collections and Documents of Life
Mosslands in early-modern Lancashire 1500-1800
Mosslands in early-modern Lancashire 1500-1800 is about the changing relationship between society and environment, in the original and unique setting of mossland landscapes in south-east Lancashire. Mosslands is a social environmental history, and therefore an inherently interdisciplinary exercise, requiring methodological tools from ecology and physical geography, as well as recognisable social-historical methodologies.
Susie McGraw (2020 Cohort)
- Keele University
- Website: https://lichfieldbawdycourts.wordpress.com/
- Email Address: email@example.com
- MethodsX Stream: Archives, collections and documents of life
In Search of Past Time: Popular Perceptions of Time c.1550-c.1800
Working with the Staffordshire Records Office archive, this project will investigate popular perceptions of time within witness testimonies from the Lichfield Consistory Court. It will determine how people dated events such as referencing agriculture, religious festivals, and key events; assess changing patterns of time perception; and compare time perception between different groups categorised by location, occupation, status, and gender.