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Josh Ivinson

Josh Ivinson

PhD Candidate, Department of History


I am currently reading for a PhD in Economic & Social History at the University of Cambridge, having completed my M.A. (hons) and Mlitt in Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews. My work examines the globalising networks of the Early Modern world by focusing on the dynamic expansion of European deep-sea fisheries and the trade in preserved fish in the 16th and 17th centuries. My current PhD project explores this revolutionary trade at a crucial stage in it's development; focusing on the personal and vernacular networks that made significant pre-industrial developments possible.

My project, provisionally entitled 'Networks, institutions, and transatlantic innovations in the English export trade of preserved fish, 1560-1640' will largely take the form of a case study of the distinctly regional and dynamic South Western fisheries as they expanded to exploit transatlantic fish stocks and distant markets. This alternative study of pre- and proto-industrial globalisation – involving cheap mass-market comestibles, rather than luxury goods – will analyse the personal networks and institution which underpinned the growth of this labour-intensive industry. It will also question how the primary sector economies of marginal maritime societies adapted towards, and helped develop, new circum-Atlantic patterns of consumption and resource exploitation.

Research Interests

Early Modern Economic and Social History, Environmental History, Food History, Fisheries, Globalisation, Networks, Occupational Structures.

Research Supervision

Supervisor: Dr Paul Warde


Currently supervising and teaching Paper 9 of the History Tripos.

Other Professional Activities

Associate Research Fellow at the Trinity Centre for Environmental History, working with the North Atlantic Fish Revolution, 1400-1700 ERC Advanced Grant project.

Convenor of the Cambridge Economic & Social History Graduate Seminar Series

Postgraduate Member of The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

Prize Research Student, Joint Centre for History and Economics

Admiral of the Punts, St Edmund's College



Economic History Society, PhD Bursary, 2015-16
Ellen McArthur Fund (Economic History), PhD Studentship, 2016-18
Cambridge and Harvard Joint Centre for History and Economics, Prize Research Student, 2016-17