Dr Catherine Casson

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Position: Lecturer


Catherine joined the Enterprise Centre in August 2014 from the Department of Management, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She had previously held concurrent positions as a Research Fellow in the Winton Institute for Monetary History, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford and as a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History in the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham. She completed her PhD in 2009 in the Department of History, University of York on the subject of forgery in trade and manufacturing in medieval English towns, 1250-1400.

Research Interests

Catherine's research interests lie in the field of the history of enterprise and entrepreneurship, which she studies in a long-run comparative perspective, using qualitative and quantitative methods. She is interested in entrepreneurship undertaken by both individuals and institutions and is currently examining the relationship between reputation and economic performance in English towns and, with Prof Francis Greene, the relationship between entrepreneurship and GDP.

Catherine has recently been awarded a grant from the Alliance Manchester Business School Research Support Fund to establish a Heritage, Enterprise and Economic Resilience Network, which is intended to develop links between university staff and students and cultural and heritage institutions. The grant is held in collaboration with her colleagues Mr Jonathan Aylen, Dr Kieron Flanagan, Prof Joseph Lampel and Prof Bruce Tether, and in conjunction with Prof Teresa da Silva Lopes (University of York) and Prof Peter Miskell (University of Reading).

Catherine is an associate member of the medieval history and economic history research clusters in the Department of History.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Catherine is interested in supervising PhD students who are trained historians for topics relating to the history of entrepreneurship or medieval economic history.

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  • Casson, C., & Casson, M. (2017). Pre modern and early modern. In J. Wilson, S. Toms, A. de Jong, & E. Buchnea (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Business History. Routledge. . Publication link: fc6902c8-4fc3-4524-a489-42ef201d1ff9


  • Casson, C. (2016). Creative Enterprise From the Medieval to the Modern Period: Alternative Perspectives. South Asian Popular Culture. . Publication link: 7be221f8-a659-408b-b88b-ee5dcdc26a65


  • Casson, C., & Casson, M. (2015). Economic Crises in England, 1270-1520: A Statistical Approach. In A. T. B., A. B., & R. D. (Eds.), Crises in Economic and Social History: A Comparative Perspective. (pp. 79-107). Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. . Publication link: 0e183def-795d-453a-9402-0aabbd30eee6


  • Casson, C., Casson, M., Allen, M. (Ed.), & Coffman, D. M. (Ed.) (2014). Modelling the Medieval Economy: Money, Prices and Income in England, 1263–1520. In Money, Prices and Wages: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew. (pp. 51-73). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: d2ec3c8b-7786-421e-9c28-00d47e505204


  • Casson, C., & Casson, M. (2013). History of Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Risk-taking, 1200-2000. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.. Publication link: c0955a4c-205f-43ab-9bd5-5563e67e29a3
  • Casson, M., Casson, M., & Hashimzade, N. (2013). Long-run price dynamics: the measurement of substitutability between commodities. In Large Databases in Economic History: Research methods and case studies. (pp. 23-61). Abingdon: Routledge. . Publication link: bac0f187-b9f0-4b29-8b4f-cbbbd0e6f698
  • Casson, C., & Casson, M. (2013). The Entrepreneur in History: From Medieval Merchant to Modern Business Leader. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan .. Publication link: 9e82a442-2b84-4743-8873-3f042544c360