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

University of Exeter

ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award – University of Exeter and Vrije Universiteit Brussels – 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 Faculteit Recht en Criminologie (Faculty of Law and Criminology), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium). This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Bruges and Antwerp between the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries under the supervision of Professor Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Principal Investigator of the project, and Professor Dave De ruysscher (Brussels).

This doctoral position will last for 42 months – to allow for the appropriate technical and quantitative training to analyse this complex documentation – and all its activities will be fully embedded into the wider 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). A topic 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:

Developments in the Low Countries between the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries are an essential element of the project, as the presence of foreign merchants and shipowners (especially Italian and Spanish) in Bruges and Antwerp stimulated important transfer of legal institutes and cross-fertilisation between different legal systems. The successful candidate will focus his/her work on the investigation of legal texts, and of judicial practices in the Great Council of Mechlin and the Municipal Courts of Bruges and Antwerp.

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 Belgium, taking advantage of the excellent training facilities available at the Universities of Exeter and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. 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