The Department of Economic History in Lund was founded in 1949. The last decade it has grown tremendously; as an independent department in the discipline, Lund is 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 employs roughly 100 people, distributed between teachers, postdocs, researchers, technical/administrative staff, and PhD candidates. The budget for the 2019 fiscal year amounts to about SEK 60 million, of which 80 percent is spent on research and the doctoral programme. In addition, research at the Department is financed by stipends with about SEK 5 million annually. The Department sets itself apart through its relatively high share of faculty financed through research projects. The main funders are Vetenskapsrådet, Riksbankens jubileumsfond, Vinnova, Forte, Wallenbergstiftelserna, Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser and Energimyndigheten.
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.
From autumn 2019, the Department offers its own graduate programs, Economy and Society. The Department participates in the interdisciplinary bachelor's program in development studies BIDS. At the undergraduate level there is a rich course smorgasbord being offered, that is in constant development. The department has program responsibility for three Master's programs and examine every spring a hundred masters students.
Economic Development and Growth (the first study year is in Madrid or Groningen)
Head of Department