Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Department of Economic History

A dynamic research environment and a faculty committed to teaching

As an independent department of Economic History, it is one of the biggest in the world. The success story is based on a dynamic research environment and that the faculty as a whole is committed to education close to the research frontier.

The Department of Economic History in Lund employs roughly 65 people, distributed between researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The budget for the 2016 fiscal year amounts to about SEK 40 million, including government contributions to both education and research, as well as contributions from external sources. The department sets itself apart through its relatively high share of faculty financed through research projects. Roughly two-thirds of the department's entire budget is devoted to research and the graduate program. The size of contributions to research serves as evidence that the department's activities are appreciated and encouraged by research councils.

Two research groups with a strong connection to the department are recipients of the first round of Linneaus Grants, which are the Swedish Research Council's most prestigious grants for cutting edge research. The groups receiving these grants are the Centre for Economic Demography and CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy). The past two years, our researchers have been extremely successful in terms of new research grants and a range of exciting new research projects have been initiated.

The emphasis on research does not mean that teaching at the undergraduate level suffers, however. On the contrary, the department's strong research connection leads to an invaluable link being forged between state-of-the-art research and courses at all levels. The fact that active researchers participate in both course design and teaching guarantee a high quality and course content which reflects the research frontier.

The diversity of the department's research interests has led to a wide range of courses being offered at the undergraduate level. An obligatory survey course in economic history has also been included in the curriculum for the Business Administration degree. The department is responsible for three different masters programs: Economic Growth, Population and Development, with the optional tracks Economic History, Economic Demography or Economic Development, and Innovation and Spatial Dynamics. Additionally, together with University of Carlos III, in Madrid, and University of Groningen we offer a joint master in economic development and growth (MEDEG). The department also provides considerable teaching within the program International Economics with a focus on China.


Mats Olsson
Head of Department