The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr Judy Stephenson

Dr Judy Stephenson

Associate Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2017

Research summary

I am an economic historian of early modern London,  its construction industry and associated markets. I research construction, labour markets, institutions, firms, finance and industries in London between about 1600 and 1850. I am known for my work on London and English wages between 1650 and 1800,(http://www.ehs.org.uk/app/journal/article/10.1111/ehr.12491/abstract), and I have published on contracts and wages, and the boundaries of the firm before 1800. My work has been quoted in the Financial Times and The Economist.




My first monograph is published by Palgrave 2020. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319575070

I am currently working on papers on internal labour markets in London construction the 1670s; financing of the reconstruction of London after the Great Fire; female building contractors before 1800; literacy in the services industries in London 1550-1700; and an international comparison of seasonality in the early modern building trades.

My latest blogpost for EHSlongrun is here https://ehsthelongrun.net/2020/04/21/demand-slumps-and-wages-history-says-prepare-to-bargain/

I am current writing a book on wages before industrialisation; and researching a planned economic history of London from 1660 - 1815.


Teaching summary

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

I am Departmental Tutor and Director of Teaching & Learning at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. 

I teach construction economics and finance, and economic history.

- BCPM0001 which is the core economics course for our MSc students.

- BCPM0003 'Booms and Slumps' which analyses cyclical changes in the real estate and construction industries in the long run context of finance and construction demand.

- I teach undergraduate Economics II BCPM0068 which focuses and prepares students for project valuations and the market for projects.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2019


 I did my PhD in the Dept. of Economic History at LSE 2012-15 where I also taught economic history and financial history 2012- 16. I then spent a year as IHR EHS Tawney Fellow with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (https://www.campop.geog.cam.ac.uk) where I am still an associate.  From 2016-2019 I was the first David Richards Junior Research Fellow at Wadham College Oxford (http://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk) before joining UCL Bartlett as Lecturer in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment.

I am a member of the Economic History Society and I am responsible for developing new material for schools and young people for the Society.

Before I became an economic historian I worked in advertising and communications for 15 years at Top 10 advertising and communication agencies in London on global brands. I live in South London with my two children.