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Professor Matthew Davies

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Matthew Davies is Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy and Professor of Urban History. He was previously Director of the Centre for Metropolitan History and Pro-Dean of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

    Highlights

    Professional activities

    ESRC Peer Review College member

    Trustee, The London Journal Trust

    Council Member, British Record Society

    Trustee, Historic Towns Atlas Trust

    Chair, Isobel Thornley Fund Committee

    Honours and awards

    • Fellow, Royal Historical Society,
    • Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London,

    ORCID

    0000-0003-3343-9717
  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • medieval and early modern history
    • urban history
    • history of London
    • digital mapping and public engagement

    Research overview

    Matthew is an urban historian, specialising in the history of medieval and early modern cites and London in particular. He has published extensively on London's economy, government and people, including the city's trades and guilds. He has directed or co-directed numerous research projects with colleagues at Birkbeck and other institutions in the UK and other countries, working on themes in urban history as well as exploring the use of digital tools, especially maps and data, in understanding the development of cities. His current main project is 'Layers of London', working with partners at museums, archives and in London's boroughs to create a digital resource of layered maps combined with crowd-sourced content about people, places and communities.

    Research clusters and groups

    Research projects

    Layers of London: mapping the city’s heritage.

    Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO)

    People, property and charity: the Clothworker' Company 1500 - 1750 (Clothworkers' Company)

    Locating London's Past: a geo-referencing tool for mapping historical and archaeological evidence, 1660-1800 (JISC)

    Life in the Suburbs: Health, Domesticity and Status in Early Modern London (ESRC)

    Londoners and the Law: Pleadings in the Court of Common Pleas, 1399-1509 (AHRC)

    Housing environments and health in early modern London 1550-1750 (Wellcome Trust, 2006-8)

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    Professor Davies welcomes applications from prospective PhD students and visiting students wishing to work on topics in late medieval and early modern history, especially the history of London and other urban centres.

    Current doctoral researchers

    • XU YANG

    Teaching

    Teaching modules

    • Understanding the City (SSGE105S7)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Book

    Book Section