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Dr Oliver Dunn

Dr Oliver Dunn

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Oliver Dunn is available for consultancy.

Faculty of History
West Road
Cambridge UK

Cambridge CB3 9EF
Office Phone: 01223335314


My current research is in historical transport economics 1500-1900, but I have a varied background in the economic, social and cultural history of England. I have degrees from Bristol and Cambridge Universities and a PhD in European History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Italy. I have worked with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Cambridge, on and off since 2007 and since 2016 as Research Associate. Here I research into very long-term demographic and economic trends in England and Wales with data-led approaches.

Research Interests

British ports, routes, shipping, and trade, 1500-1914.

Development of advanced methods for the digitisation of historical sources.

Customs and the British fiscal state.

Practices and concepts of historical corruption. 


I am Methods Fellow with Cambridge Digital Humanities Learning. I run four digital humanities workshops.

I occasionally lecture in History Papers 9 and 10.


  • Economic, Social History
  • British social history c.1600-1850
  • Modern British History