• Aberystwyth University
    Hugh Owen Building

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1994 …2023

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Phillipp Schofield studied for his first degree in ancient and medieval history at UCL in 1986 before completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford (Wadham) in 1992, where he was supervised by Miss Barbara Harvey. He also trained as a lawyer and worked (briefly) for a City law firm before returning to Oxford in 1993 where he held a research post at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine; he moved to the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1996 before taking up his post in Aberystwyth in 1998. He was Head of Department at Aberystwyth from 2002 until 2012. He held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship from 2012 until 2016. He began his second stint as Head of Department in August 2018 and completed it in summer 2023. He is currently President of the Economic History Society (EHS).


Professor Schofield teaches on medieval social, economic and political history. He teaches modules on, for example, The Great Divergence, Famine in Medieval England, and the reign of Edward II. At MA level he also teaches on medieval English peasantry and, at research-degree level, he has supervised on such topics as medieval Welsh and Marcher society, the economy of late medieval rural England, pragmatic literacy. He is a specialist on the English medieval rural economy and society and is keen to supervise doctorates and M.Phil.s in this area.

Research interests

Phillipp Schofield is presently undertaking a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on the Great Famine in early fourteenth-century England.

As a historian of the medieval English economy, with particular reference to the medieval peasantry; his research focus is upon village society, economic exchange within it and, in particular, credit and debt. He is undertaking work related to a previous Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on the Great Famine in early fourteenth-century England. He is also presently engaged in writing up AHRC-funded research on litigation on manorial courts (AHRC AH/D502713/1, co-I). He has recently completed volumes for Manchester University Press on Peasants and Historians: the historiography of the medieval English peasantry  and, with Professor Wendy Childs (Leeds) on The Reign of Edward II. Phillipp Schofield was co-editor of the journal Continuity and Change from 1999 until 2011 and also co-editor of the Economic History Review from 2011 to 2017.

For further details, please see his Orchid Account at Phillipp R Schofield (0000-0003-0278-0509) - ORCID

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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