Emma Griffin

Emma Griffin


  • 3.29 Arts

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Administrative Posts

  • Director of Admissions, 2008-2009
  • Director of Research, 2016-17; 2018-19

Areas of Expertise

British social and economic history of the 18th and 19th centuries, in particular the industrial revolution, its social consequences and impact upon women

Teaching Interests

I teach courses on the social and economic history of Britain, 1750-1900, with particular interests in gender history, the industrial revolution, and working-class life.  I would welcome postgraduate students working on any aspect of cultural history from 1700 to 1900, and particularly those interested in industrialisation, working-class history, and women.


I studied in London as an undergraduate and then moved to Cambridge to work on a PhD on popular recreations.  Before joining UEA, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a lectureship at Sheffield University.  I held a Scouloudi fellowship in London and a Gilder-Lehrman fellowship in New York, and was a visiting maître de conférence at the Université de Paris VIII in 2004.  In 2001, my Ph.D. was awarded the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize.  

My research focuses on the social and economic history of Britain during the period 1700-1914, with a particular focus on the history of industrialisation and its social consequences




Key Research Interests

My major research interest in recent years has been the social, economic and cultural history of the industrial revolution. I am currently working on a book about the global history of industrialisation, under contract with Penguin Press.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth