Dr Justin Colson

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Dr Justin Colson
Senior Lecturer in Urban & Digital History
Institute of Historical Research
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Digitisation, Early Modern, History, Medieval History, Metropolitan history
Research keywords:
Urban History, GIS, Cartography, Guilds, Trade, Social Network Analysis, Merchants
England, Europe, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Justin’s research explores urban life and communities through a range of social, economic, and cultural lenses. Having completed a PhD thesis on London neighbourhoods in the fifteenth century, he specialises on the history of London between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, but also explores towns and cities throughout Britain and Europe across the medieval and early modern periods, and beyond.

Spatial approaches and methods are integral to Justin’s work, and he makes extensive use of digital tools including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Social Network Analysis (SNA). He uses these techniques not only to explore previously invisible patterns amongst the records of pre-modern lives, but also to communicate the place of the past in new and exciting ways.  

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