The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr Judy Stephenson

Dr Judy Stephenson

Associate Professor in Economic History of the Built Environment

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2017

Research summary

My book 'Wages before Machines' a history of wage formation and bargaining in the two centuries before industrialisation, is under contract at Princeton University Press. 

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

I have coauthored and coedited an important volume of essays on understanding wages in history with Prof. John Hatcher. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-96962-6

I am currently researching imperfect competition in labour markets in London before industrialisation; carbon, materials and finance in the pre industrial construction industry; 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 WP on labour markets looks at the importance of tenure in unskilled casual labour markets 1670-1750 http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/108562/1/WP322.pdf

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

I also continue researching a planned economic history of London from 1660 - 1815. 

I am interested in hearing from research students who wish to carry out historical research of labour markets or the construction industry using primary sources.


Teaching summary

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

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

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.

I am currently leading a project on sustainable teaching as part of UCL's 'Leading Change in Education' programme. 


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


I am an economic historian researching  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). 

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.




I did my PhD in the Dept. of Economic History at LSE 2012-15 supervised by Prof Patrick Wallis, 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 Honorary Secretary of the Economic History Society 2022-2025 https://ehs.org.uk/person/dr-judy-stephenson/, fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Royal Economic Society. 

I am a Governor and will soon become a Director of the Long Run Institute https://longruninstitute.com. 

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.