Dr Pete Maw

Dr Pete Maw


I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester, before being awarded a one-year ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2005–6. In 2007, I was appointed to a three-year English Heritage Research Fellowship at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of Manchester’s bid to attain a World Heritage Site inscription.

I joined the University of Leeds in September 2013, following three years at Northumbria University.



  • 2022-Present: Director of Student Education
  • 2020-21: Programme Leader, Joint Honours History
  • 2019-20: TEF Subject Lead (History)

Research interests

My research concerns the history of industry, overseas trade, and transport in the United Kingdom, with a particular emphasis (so far) on the textile-manufacturing regions of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the ‘long eighteenth century’. My doctoral and initial post-doctoral research focused on Yorkshire and Lancashire’s textile export trade to North America from 1750–1850 and, more recently, I have worked on the industrial and urban impacts of Manchester’s canal network.

My current work focuses on the history of UK cotton-spinning mills (1770–1840) and I am also involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects that consider the history and contemporary legacies of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century economic infrastructure and industrial landscapes in the north of England, including on land use and identity in the Pennine moors and on the techniques used to build Victorian railways (and their suitabilty to upgrade for electrification and ‘High Speed’). 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • HEA, Fellow, 2011
  • Ph.D. History, University of Manchester, 2005
  • MA (Hons.) Economic and Social History, University of Manchester, 2000
  • BA (Hons.) History, University of Manchester, 1999

Professional memberships

  • 2016-Present: Northern History (Management Committee)
  • 2016-Present: Pasold Trust (Fund member)
  • 2016-2019: Thoresby Society (Publications Editor and Council Member)
  • 2003-Present: Economic History Society, member

Student education

I am a tutor with almost twenty years of teaching experience.I convene a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the economic and social history of Britain and its Atlantic empire in the 'long eighteenth century', and supervise PhD students. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Empires and Aftermath

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>