We are proud to host the largest cluster of economic and social historians in Scotland. We are internationally recognised for research excellence in modern economic and social history, with exceptional strengths in business and financial history, the history of medicine, and social and gender history.

Economic and Social History has been taught at the University of Glasgow since the beginning of the twentieth century, with R H Tawney thought to be the first appointment in the field. We occupy a distinctive position in the University, at the interface between history and the social sciences.

Being a part of the College of Social Sciences supports our multi-disciplinary social scientific approach to the study of the past, and our close ties with the College of Arts & Humanities makes this one of the largest concentrations of historians in the United Kingdom.