Economic & Social History

Clare Maulding

Economic & Social History

PhD Researcher in Economic & Social History (ESRC 1+3)
College of Humanities, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: Post-war reconstruction in the South West

I am researching the post-Second World War reconstruction of Bristol, Plymouth and Exeter and the challenges the cities faced in rebuilding. I am particularly interested in the political and architectural continuity between the inter-war and post-war eras and the economic and financial constraints placed on blitzed cities in the late 1940's. I am also researching the interwar planning and housing projects undertaken in each city to demonstrate the continuity in planning seen in the 20th century. My other research interests include architectural history, the evolution of town planning and housing, local studies, and the history of Devon.

Research supervisors: Professor Richard Overy, Professor Richard Toye

Professional memberships / Positions held: Royal Historical Society (post-graduate member), International Planning History Society (student member), Devon History Society 

E-mail: clm228@exeter.ac.uk

Twitter: @claremaudling

Website / blog: reconstructingcities.wordpress.com

Amy Ridgway

Amy Ridgway

Economic & Social History

PhD Researcher in Economic and Social History (ESRC +3)
College of Humanities, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2014

Research topic: 'Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834'

For my PhD, I am undertaking a comprehensive analysis of wage labour and poverty in Dorset from c.1680 to 1834. My research, which will be a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, will help bridge the gap in literature by directly linking these two topics. It will consider how individuals and households managed to survive at the subsistence level and what happened if they did not manage to ‘get by’. The research will focus on the Kingston Lacy estate, in east Dorset.

Research supervisors: Professor Jane Whittle, Professor Henry French

Professional memberships/Positions held: Assistant Editor of Ex Historia, Member of the Economic History Society, SWDTC Student Representative, SWDTC Conference Chair 2015

E-mail: acr216@exeter.ac.uk

Twitter: @amy_ridgway1

Joanna Thomas

Economic & Social History

PhD Researcher in Economic & Social History (ESRC +3)
Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter

My research is focussed on 19th-century British seafarers and maritime communities. Using quantitative and qualitative methods I am investigating the maritime labour force from 1850 – 1911, and am looking at the impact of the introduction of the steamship and the change from sail to steam on the social and economic structures of the maritime labourers. I am examining social backgrounds, motivations for going to sea, opportunities for social mobility in maritime communities, crew financially investing in shipping, and women at sea and their roles in maritime communities and businesses.

Professional memberships/Positions held: SWDTC Student Representative

E-mail: jt472@exeter.ac.uk