I am an economic historian with research interests in banking crises, corporate governance, innovation policy, cultural economics, and demographic change. My research mostly addresses issues in the business and financial history of the Netherlands in the early twentieth century, and the economic and social history of Ireland in the nineteenth century.

I am a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam, on leave from Queen's University Belfast, where I am a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Queen's Management School and a Research Associate at the university's Centre for Economic History.

In addition to my research, I lead a teaching and learning project which aims to re-insert the study of economic history into the economics curriculum. The first edition of my new book, An Economist's Guide to Economic History (co-edited with Matthias Blum), is now available in both paperback and eBook format.