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Professor Mark Casson

Professor Mark Casson
  • Director of the Centre for Institutions and Economic History/Professor of Economics
  • Research Mentoring and Development

Areas of interest

Entrepreneurship, business culture, the economics of the multinational enterprise, business history and transport studies.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising projects on economics of international business and multinational enterprise, economics of railways, and the economic history of towns.


I studied economics as an undergraduate at Bristol University, where I developed a life-long interest in the impact of multinational corporations on the lives of ordinary people. I have advised the UK government on attracting and regulating foreign investment, and have worked with the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development on the role of international subcontracting in developing countries.

I am also a life-long railway enthusiast. A former train-spotter, I now serve on the UK Passenger Demand Forecasting Council, which is a joint venture between the rail industry and the government. I am also interested in medieval economic history. In 2020 I published a book on 'Business and Community in Medieval England', which shows how medieval business owners recycled their profits back into their local community. I believe that some of the values of medieval society provide a useful template for the future.

External Appointments
  • Visiting Research Professor, University of York (2011 - date)
  • Visiting Associate, Institute for Enterprise and Economic Development, University of Lancaster (2003 - date)
  • Visiting Associate, Centre for Globalisation Research, Queen Mary, University of London (2012 - date)

Academic qualifications

BA Bristol, Economics

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • President of the Association of Business Historians, 2007-9
  • Member of Council, Royal Economic Society, 1985-1990
  • Fellow of Academy of International Business
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of the editorial advisory boards of the following journals (currently):
  • Business History; International Journal of the Economics of Business; International Business Review; Journal of International Business Studies; International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Multinational Business Review
  • General editor of two book series:
  • The Globalisation of the World Economy
  • Handbooks on Research Methods and Applications in the Social Sciences
  • Fellow of British Academy
  • Member, UK Passenger Demand Forecasting Council
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of World Business


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