PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award - Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries), Exeter

University of Exeter

ERC-funded Doctoral Award at the University of Exeter within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) – Deadline: 1st May 2017

Applications are invited for one ERC-funded Doctoral Award at the Department of History at the University of Exeter. This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in France during the seventeenth century under the supervision of Professor Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Principal Investigator of the project.

This doctoral position will last for 42 months – to allow for the appropriate technical and quantitative training to properly analyse this complex documentation – and all its activities will be fully embedded into the project’s activities.

The overall aim of the project (ERC grant agreement number 724544) is to investigate the legal and economic development of General Averages comparatively across Europe (in total 4 doctoral positions are being advertised for different countries). This topic has been neglected by scholars, even though rich and substantial (serial) documentary evidence about it has survived for the early modern period. The project will be articulated along two principal axes: one principally concerned with economic analysis, which will analyse (and make available) data extracted from archives in Italy (Venice, Livorno, Genoa), the Low Countries and Spain; the other concentrating on the legal and political elements behind GA historical development. You can hear more details about the project from this link:

This doctoral project will focus on the study of the Compagnie générale des assurances et grosses aventures de France, from its original conception in the 1660s, until the end of that century, with particular attention dedicated to its role within the administrative and economic reforms of that period.

The project offers exciting opportunities for excellent students eager to continue his/her study whilst being actively embedded into an exciting interdisciplinary and transnational research project.  S/he will also be expected to present aspects of his/her research in workshops, seminars and conferences organised within the project over its lifetime. 

Please visit our funding page for full details of the studentship

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