Patrick SvenssonSenior Lecturer, Associate Professor, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History


  • pre-industrial, inequality, agriculture, markets, trade


My main research area concerns the workings of the pre-industrial economy and the transition to modern economic growth. Within this I have focused particularly on the process and the consequences of the agricultural revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Recently, I have received two grants broadening my research into the areas of long-term studies of inequality and of market integration, both dealing with Sweden. My work is highly empirical and, through formalized international research cooperation, comparative within a European context. 


I am the Director for Doctoral Studies at the Department of Economic History and also a member of the University Board for Doctoral Studies. My main teaching area is the pre-industrial economy and I teach courses in this on both Master's and undergraduate level. I am also responsible for two mandatory courses in the PhD-program: The Foundations of Economic History and the Designing a PhD-course. I have supervised and examined several master theses and supervised a number of doctoral students.


To disseminate my research findings and to take part in the public discussion on topics related to my research I am active as well on social media as through open lectures: I have a blog in Swedish on economic history in general( and a twitter account @LundaSvennis where I mix personal opinions with tweets on economic history. Furthermore, I have held open lectures in Lund and other places in southern Sweden and am part of the Lund University open lectures series in cooperation with Scanian libraries, the so called Forskarturnén. 

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