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Dr Richard D SheldonB.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Birm.)

Senior Teaching Fellow

Richard Sheldon

Dr Richard D SheldonB.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Birm.)

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Research interests

I am a social and economic historian by training but I also have strong interests in the history of ideas.

My core research interests lie in three main areas:

British history 1700-1860, especially the history of radicalism and protest movements

The comparative study of famines and famine relief c.1700 to the present

The history of social and economic thought.

I also teach and intend to develop work on revolutionary ideas and movements in Europe from the enlightenment to the rise of socialism.

Research supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective students wishing to research any topics linked to my interests. Past completions include:

Julian Davies, 'Artisans and the City: A Social History of Bristol's Shoemakers and Tailors, 1770-1800' (PhD 2003), joint supervision with Dr Kirsty Reid

Chris Heal, 'The hatting industry of Bristol & South Gloucestershire, 1540-1900' (PhD, 2012), Joint supervisor with Dr Evan Jones

Peter Evans, 'British and American Socialist Utopian Literature, c.1888-1900' (PhD, 2014), Joint supervisor with Dr James Thompson

Grace Di Meo 'Trial and Retribution: Gender, Murder and Justice in London, 1815-1868' (MPhil, 2015) Joint supervisor with James Thompson

Joe Krulder, 'Admiral Byng's British Execution' (PhD, 2015)

My current students are working on a variety of projects including, the Avonmouth chemical industry in the twentieth century; The Ionian Islands and the British Empire; Ireland and the American Revolution; the funeral business in the eighteenth century; political economy and the idea of police; popular protest in Somerset and Dorset 1783-1867.


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Urban Research Cluster
  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research

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Postal address:
13-15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom

Selected awards and activities

  1. Adam Smith's Invisible Hand

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

  2. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaelogical society

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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