Research at the department of economic history focuses on long term development and transformation of economic and social systems and questions about distribution of resources and power. We are interested in what defines economic development, what forces explains it and how gender and other social categorizations evolve and how they interplay with economy.

Research also focus on the enfolding political-economic world order and the tensions between global and local arenas. We are interested in the emergence of international cooperation and the relation between natural resources, energy and security in the global system and in how flows of people, goods, services, humans and ideas interact and forms relations between actors, states and macro-regions.