Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie FBA

Economic History (Economics); Western Europe; Central Europe; Eastern Europe

Elected 2004

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Sheilagh Ogilvie grew up in the western Canadian city of Calgary, but has since lived in Scotland, Germany, England, the USA and the Czech Republic. She is currently based in the UK, where she is Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, University of Oxford. She explores the lives of ordinary people in the past and tries to explain how poor economies get richer and improve human well-being. She holds degrees from the University of St Andrews (1979), Cambridge (1985), and Chicago (1992), and has been successively Lecturer (1989), Reader (2000), and Professor of Economic History (2004) in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge. She has published on institutions and economic development, the economics of guilds, merchants, rural communities, serfdom, human capital, consumption, retailing, occupational structure, demography, proto-industry, banking, female labour force participation, regulation, the growth of the state, and social capital. She is the winner of the Gyorgy Ranki Prize (1999, 2021), the Anton Gindeley Prize (2004), the René Kuczynski Prize (2004), and the Stanley Z. Pech Prize (2008).

Current post

All Souls College, University of Oxford Chichele Professor of Economic History

2020 -

Past appointments

University of Cambridge Professor of Economic History

2004 - 2020

University of Cambridge Reader in Economic History

1999 - 2004

University of Cambridge University Lecturer in Economics

1992 - 1999

University of Cambridge University Assistant Lecturer

1989 - 1992


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