Stephen has long been intrigued by the prevalence of smuggling in eighteenth century Britain, the underlying causes for its growth and the prevailing economic and social conditions in which it flourished. By the third quarter of the century it was clearly big business, and for his PhD he is researching smuggling in both England and France and the cross-channel links between the two, looking at the topic from a business perspective.
Stephen obtained a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University in 1979 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984. He worked in business and finance for many years before completing his MA in History of the British Isles at Birkbeck in 2018.
Supervisor: Julian Hoppit
Working title: ‘The business of smuggling across the English Channel in the Eighteenth Century: Anglo-French comparisons‘.
Expected completion date: 2024