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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 research background is in the economic, social and cultural history of England 1500-1900. I have degrees from Bristol and Cambridge Universities and a PhD in European History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Italy. Aside from sojourns in Italy and the private sector, I have worked with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Cambridge, where Leigh Shaw-Taylor has been my mentor since 2007. Here I continue to do historical research into very long-term demographic and economic trends in England and Wales using quantitative methods and countless archival sources.

Research Interests

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

Practices and concepts of historical corruption. 

Customs and the British fiscal state.

Development of advanced methods for the digitisation of historical sources. 


I lead workshops on archival photography, historical database construction, and OCR and ATR tools.

I lecture on topics in Papers 9 and 10.

Other Professional Activities

I am Methods Fellow for 2018 with Cambridge Digital Humanities.