Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Northumbria University and the Economic History Society

Sarah Hellawell

For the next year David Hope and I will hold the grand title of Economic History Society (EHS) Student Ambassadors for Northumbria University. For those not familiar with the EHS, the Society supports research and teaching in economic and social history, broadly defined, and is a premier community of scholars. I would like to stress that the Society is indeed broad in scope; I am by no means an economic historian!

Our role as Student Ambassadors is to facilitate communication between the EHS and students here at Northumbria, and to highlight funds and opportunities that the Society makes available. Notably, the Society offers a Research Fund for Graduates (up to £500), which some of our PGR community have successfully been awarded for overseas archival research.  Smaller grants are also available for those researching undergraduate dissertations – it’s not just for the postgrads! In addition, the EHS Annual Conference is a great opportunity for networking and showcasing research. 

We will keep students at Northumbria up-to date with EHS events throughout the year, including CfPs and funding deadlines – look out for our emails!  In the meantime, please note that the deadline for the Research Fund for Graduates closes on 1st November (there will be additional opportunities to apply in 2015), and the call for new researcher posters for the EHS Annual Conference closes 14th November.

Student membership of the EHS for one-year costs only £10.50. Membership includes access to the Economic History Review, opportunities for training, presentations, networking, research grants, and conference bursaries. You can find out more by visiting the EHS website —

Feel free to reach out to either of us in person or you can send enquires to

Sarah Hellawell is a second year PhD candidate in History at Northumbria, working with Daniel Laqua and Nicole Robertson.  Her PhD research considers the relationship between feminism and peace activism in the international women's movement from 1915 to 1939, particularly focusing on the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

David Hope is a third year PhD candidate in History at Northumbria, working with Tony Webster and Joe Hardwick. He is very interested in the economic history of the long eighteenth century, especially in respect of commerce and consumerism. His PhD research focuses on Britain's fur trade between 1783 and 1821, and highlights the associated commodity exchanges and consumer behaviour in the North-Atlantic World.

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