Economics and Finance


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Dr Chris Reid

  • Qualifications: PhD (Portsmouth) BA (CNAA)
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844108
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  • Department: Economics and Finance
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


It takes all sorts to make a Business School. My scholarly background is in history and in economics, having studied the former as an undergraduate and postgraduate, and the latter at a post-doctoral level as my teaching and research interests developed. Both disciplines inform my approach to teaching and learning and research.

I have enjoyed a varied teaching career at Portsmouth, leading courses in the history of economic thought, the economics of sport and recreation, British environmental history, and the economics of technological change and innovation, among other subjects. This has allowed me to combine teaching and research interests. You don’t need formal training to carry out research any more than you need lessons to drive a car. But in both circumstances the untutored may be a liability to themselves and others. My approach emphasises that successful projects depend on analytical, organisational and communications skills, and that students should aspire to the same professional standards as the authors of the books and papers that they read for their course.

Teaching Responsibilities

My current teaching responsibilities are threefold. First, economic crises encourage reassessment of the past to contextualize and normalize prevailing our circumstances. For most students, Britain’s economic past is very much a foreign country. My teaching of modern British economic history, broadly covering the interwar decades to the late twentieth century, uncovers key trends that bring us to the present day and illustrates the origins and significance of everyday terms in contemporary discourse, such as ‘stop-go’, ‘boom and bust’, ‘tax and spend’, and ‘deindustrialization’. Second, I help deliver the School’s macroeconomics curriculum, focusing on second year intermediate-level studies. This is among the most challenging elements of an economics education, and my approach considers both the technical and narrative aspects of the curriculum as prerequisites of fully understanding the subject. Finally, I contribute to research methods training for economists.


I began my research career by looking the British commercial fishing industry’s development, and this remains an abiding long-term interest. While this sector’s importance has been modest by comparison to engineering or finance, my work explores broader themes in Britain’s economic development, such as the ideology of industrial decline, business organization, the role of research and development, international commercial relations, and the evolution of food supply chains and consumer choice. This agenda informs work on the political economy of contemporary fisheries, including contributions to research on fisheries development in Latin America and relationships between fishing and poverty at the global and regional scale. Beyond fisheries, I have collaborated on research into the relationship between advertising and editorial content in women’s magazines in the 1930s, on masculinity and consumerism in the same decade, subcontracting relations in the road haulage industry, and the historical development of the sub-prime home-collected credit business. Modest contributions to knowledge have been published in a range of academic journals, including: the Economic History Review; Social History; the Journal of Latin American Studies; Twentieth Century British History; the Scandinavian Journal of History; Marine Policy; and World Development.


Research profile

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