James Evans

Economics and Social History (2019 cohort)

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My main focus is the economic history of the working classes, and I am particularly interested in regional inequality, deindustrialisation, and migration. My DPhil explores the erosion of working-class community in the face of deindustrialisation and attempts to quantify its impact on living standards. The geographical, sociological, temporal, and political factors which shaped outcomes in different communities are brought into focus. Furthermore, the cultural significance of deindustrialisation, as well as community responses, are considered. Migration was one such response. It is hoped that by examining migration and the inter-generational transmission of economic attributes, the research will contribute to debates about regional decline, its timing, and the nature of ‘stayers’, ‘leavers’, and the ‘left behind’ in the British context.                                    

Previously, I read History and Politics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. In the 2018-19 academic year I completed an MSc in Economic and Social History at Mansfield College, Oxford. My MSc dissertation explored the relative longevity of coal miners and their families in 19th century South Yorkshire.