Mark Latham BA MA PhD (2004-2009)

Mark LathamAfter a period working in local government I was keen to return to postgraduate study, and (despite arriving nearly an hour late for my interview!) I was lucky enough to be awarded an ESRC 1+3 scholarship at the Centre in 2004.

The MA in Urban History provided me with requisite skills and analyticaltools with which to embark on the daunting journey of doctoral study. In particular the ESRC recognised research training that the Centre provided was a crucially important factor in determining the objectives and methodology of my research on the financing and management of London Bridge in the early modern period.

"The CUH has a reputation with the academic community not just for its considerable academic attributes, but also for its friendly welcoming environment, qualities that made my time at the Centre a genuinely enjoyable and productive experience."

After four years of suffering the dizzying highs and terrifying lows that only doctoral research can bring, I successfully completed my thesis in 2009.

Since then I have worked as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Financial History based at Newnham College Cambridge, and I am now employed as a Research Officer on the ESRC funded Life in the Suburbs project at the Centre for Metropolitan History at the IHR. I am currently trying to raid my thesis for further articles for publication, and I am broadening my research horizons further into more detailed examinations of urban property markets, and an area that few historians have previously dared to tread, namely the subject of urban finances.

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