Dr Catherine Casson


Teaching Fellow in Business and Society

The Department of Procurement and Operations Management


Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY


Catherine's research and teaching interests lie in the field of business history and economic history, which she studied in a long-run comparative perspective. She is currently conducted research into three topics: the history of entrepreneurship; reputation and economic performance in English towns and property rents and prices from the medieval to the modern period and studies these topics using qualitative and quantitative methods.



  • PhD in History, Department of History, University of York, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Medieval and Modern History, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham, 2005


Dr Casson joined the Business School in 2013 from concurrent positions as a Research Fellow at the Winton Institute for Monetary History, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford and as a Teaching Fellow in the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham.



  • Models of Business
  • The Firm and the Business Environment



  • The History of Entrepreneurship
  • Reputation and Economic Performance in English Towns and Cities, 1250-1500
  • Property Rents and Prices from the Medieval to the Modern Period

Other activities


  • Research Associate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
  • Co-organiser Sowing the Seeds Network and the Centre for Economic History at the University of Reading: An Early Career Workshop on Global History




Casson, M. and Casson, C. (2013), The Entrepreneur in History: From Medieval Merchant to Modern Business Leader, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137305817.


Casson, M. and Casson, C. (eds.) (2013), History of Entrepreneurship: Selected Readings, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, ISBN 9781781955239.


Casson, C. (2012), Reputation and responsibility in medieval English towns: Civic concerns with the regulation of trade’, Urban History 39 (3), 387-408.DOI:10.1017/S0963926812000193.

Chapters in books

Hashimzade, N., Casson, M. and Casson, C. (2013), ‘Commodity prices in England, 1209-1914’, in: Casson, M. and Hashimzade, N. (eds.), Large Datasets in Economic History: Research Methods and Case Studies, Abingdon, Routledge, ISBN 9780415820684.


Casson, C. (2013) What can medieval monks, a Norfolk cloth trader and a 19th century American railroad magnate teach today’s entrepreneurs? Available at: http://elgarblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/what-can-medieval-monks-a-norfolk-cloth-trader-and-a-19th-century-american-railroad-magnate-teach-todays-entrepreneurs-by-catherine-casson

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