Aashish Velkar

Aashish Velkar


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As a historian of economic life, I am interested in economic institutions, political economy, and the cultural foundations of economic practices.

My current project explores the history of the official Cost of Living measurements in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Expanding on my History of Political Economy essay, I am presently working on a monograph length project provisionally titled The Rhetoric of Numbers.

A recent project has examined the discursive practices that shaped colonial economic spaces and economic nationalism in India. This research was published as essays in Past and Present, The Historical Journal and Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology.

My ongoing and long-term research project, Markets and Measurements, investigates the social organisation of measurement standards for commodities and their application to economic organisation, governance, and market institutions. This research was first published as a monograph, Markets and Measurements in Nineteenth Century Britain (CUP 2012). I have developed this project further via essays in international journals such as Enterprise & Society, Business History, Journal of Modern History, Past and Present and Historie & Mesure.

Within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, I have served as Director of Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience (2020-22), Associate Director for Assessments (2019-21), and in various T&L roles for the Department of History.

I came to Manchester in 2012, having completed my doctoral training at the London School of Economics in 2009. Originally from India (Mumbai and Pune), I have made the UK my home since 2004. 

When not at my desk, I'm either outdoors with my camera or indoors on a yoga mat - highly weather dependent! See here to view some of the things that my camera has seen.   

Research interests

Economic History, Business History, History of Modern Britian, History of Modern India

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)


Award Date: 1 Feb 2009

Master in Science, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)


Award Date: 1 Nov 2003

Master of Business Administration, University of Pune (former name University of Poona)


Award Date: 1 Mar 1991

Areas of expertise

  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • D204 Modern History

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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