Patrick Svensson

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I am the professor of Agrarian History at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and am an affiliated associate professor at the Department of Economic History and the Center for Economic Demography. 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. 


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. 

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • History

Free keywords

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


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