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Economy, Society and History

Focus of our research

The research Interests of the Economy, Society and History cluster interrelate to the wider ambitions of the Centre for Business in Society, the Faculty of Business and Law, and the University, while recognising the significance of historical perspective and methods to a fuller understanding of pressing social and economic issues.  

The themes of the cluster reflect the ongoing funded research activities, publications, and future ambitions of the researchers within it.  All of these inter-related themes are linked to pressing social issues, such as social and economic inequalities and economic convergence, market volatility and stability, international relations, and environmental sustainability. 

The cluster is also concerned with engaging with scholars in other disciplines and other stakeholders (government, industry, non-governmental) to identify the lessons of history for contemporary understanding.

Core Cluster Themes

Three themes reflect this cluster’s research interests:

  1. Economic and Social Development
  2. Institutional Environment and Changing Business Models
  3. Entrepreneurship and Organisations

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The Coventry University Research Blog (CURB) is a great way to stay up to date with some of the ground-breaking projects being conducted by our team of expert researchers here at CBiS. Below are a few recently published articles to give you a taster. Head over to CURB to find out more

PhD Opportunities

The Economy, Society and History Cluster welcomes PhD applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in pursuing historical research in line with our research themes. Postgraduate researchers play an important role in the Cluster in developing our research agenda. The expertise of our cluster members covers the following continents: Africa; Australasia; Europe; Latin America; and North America. PhD researchers are a core part of our cluster and benefit from the opportunity to work with scholars at various stages of their career.

  • Themes: Historical business-government relations and corporate political activity; corporate social responsibility and precursors in history; the historical evolution of corporate governance; history of industrial and energy policy; historical national accounting methodology, estimates of regional production, labour and wages, occupational structures; social history of work; managerial identity and professionalization and their historical evolution; models of natural resource management in history; historical case studies in organisational culture and strategic management; and regional development over time and place; and
  • Sectoral Studies: Automotive and aerospace sectors, banking, energy, and extractive (minerals and metals). 

For all enquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr Andrew Perchard ( or Dr Jason Begley (

Guidance on Coventry University’s PGR eligibility and application process can be found here.

More detail on the Centre for Business in Society can be found here or contact the Centre’s PGR Director, Dr Andrew Perchard (

Self-funding or corporately sponsored PhD applications are always welcome. Some fees-only bursaries and full studentships might be available on a competitive basis.