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

University of Exeter

ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Genova 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 Dual Doctoral Award with the Department of History at the University of Exeter and the Dipartimento di Economia (Department of Economics), Università di Genova (Italy). This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Genoa between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries under the supervision of Professor Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Principal Investigator of the project, and Professor Luisa Piccinno (Genova).

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:

The Genoese documentation is particularly rich from the quantitative side, pairing this with the wealth of material on port traffic during this period, it will be possible to properly re-evaluate the quality and quantity of seaborne trade in Genoa, and to reconstruct the strategies underpinning it. The PhD candidate will work in the Genoa State Archive on the documents of the Conservatori del Mare, integrating these primarily with the Notai Giudiziari, which preserve deeds related to public bodies having competence in legal matters.

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. The successful applicant will be dividing his/her time between the UK and Italy, taking advantage of the excellent training facilities available at the Universities of Exeter and Genoa.  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. 

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