Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA

Economic History. Anthropometric history. The economic history of British gardening

Elected 2002

Roderick Floud is an economic historian of modern Britain who has been a pioneer in several fields. He was one of the first British historians to make use of computing and statistical methods and published the first textbook in that field. He worked with an international group to create "anthropometric history", the study of human heights and weights as a means of understanding changes in nutrition and living standards. His current research is into the economic history of British gardening. He has also edited four editions of The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, the leading textbook in the field. Roderick was vice-chancellor for 18 years of what is now London Metropolitan University; he was President of Universities UK and Vice-President of the European University Association and was knighted for services to higher education. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and of the Academia Europaea and holds a number of honorary doctorates and fellowships.

Current post

Former Provost, Gresham College, London

Past appointments

London Metropolitan University President Emeritus

2014 - 2017

University of London President Emeritus, London Metropolitan University; Provost Gresham College

2008 - 2014

Leeds Beckett University Vice-Chancellor

1988 -

London Metropolitan University President, London Metropolitan University

1988 - 2006

Birkbeck College University of London Professor of Modern History

1975 - 1988

University of Cambridge Lecturer in European History

1969 - 1975


The Changing Body: health, nutrition and human development in the western world since 1700 2011

The British Machine-Tool Industry, 1850-1914 1976

An introduction to quantitative methods for historians 1973

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain 1981, 1991, 2004, 2014

Height, health and history: nutritional status in the United Kingdom, 1750-1980 1990

Sign up to our email newsletters