Thesis defence coming up: Three questions for Emrah Gülsunar

Published: 2021-09-07

After completing the doctoral education PhD student Emrah Gülsunar will defend his thesis 24 September. Get a quick glimpse of his thesis, experiences and near future.

Hi, Emrah! You are about to defend your thesis The State, Parliamentary Legislation and Economic Policy during the Structural Transformation of British Economy, 1700-1850. In short, what is your thesis about?

”My thesis is about how the political institutions in Britain responded to the structural transformation of the economy from 1700 to 1850. It focuses on Parliament, the legislative changes and the debates among the parliamentarians. The statute volumes in the Parliamentary Archives and the volumes of parliamentary debates in the Hansard Archives are used as first-hand historical sources. With the analysis of these sources with various methods, the thesis sheds light on the transformation of the state, its rising fiscal and legal capacity, implemented industrial and foreign economic policies during this period. The empirical findings of the thesis contribute to the economic history literature, mainly the relationship between institutions and long-term economic development and the emergence of modern economic growth in Britain.”

In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM? 


”The PhD experience in the Department of Economic History has opened my eyes regarding how to carry out cutting-edge research in the social sciences.”


”I needed to work hard because economic history is a niche field, and I was not very knowledgeable about it.”


”I am highly satisfied with everything I have learned during my PhD experience. I feel the improvement.”

What are you up to now?

”So far, I was full of thesis writing and editing. Now, it is time to pay more attention to post-doc or other academic position applications for my future career. But before that, first I need a holiday because the previous summer, especially the last month, was quite hectic.”

Thank you, Emrah! Wishing you all the best!

Emrah's "Spikning"

Emrah traditionally nailed his thesis during the "Spikning" ceremony 3 September in the Blue Hall in EC3 at LUSEM.

More about Emrah

Emrah is a PhD student at Department of Economic History, LUSEM.

Emrah's profile in the LU Research Portal

About Emrah's defence