Dr Aashish Velkar

Senior Lecturer in Economic History and Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience (SALC)

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

My current work examines how discursive colonial practices shaped economic spaces and how historical actors imagined national economic spaces. Such imaginings have stayed with us in the form of material artefacts we use, commodities we consume, conceptual objects that shape our thought, and physical landscapes we inhabit. This project, Imagination and Rule, looks at imperial and nationalist practices surrounding capital and commodities within the British empire.

My previous projects, Inching Towards the Metre and Markets and Measurements in Nineteenth Century Britain, has revolved around the social organisation of cognitive human activities such as 'measuring' and 'standardising' and their application to economic organisation and institutions. I have published on the historical processes through which measurement standards have become globally organised, how governments have used measurements to rule, govern and promote social activities , how businesses and organisations have secured competitive advantage by measuring in particular ways, and how people have coped with the disjuncture of large-scale socio-technical and cultural changes by altering how they measure in everyday contexts.

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 work, I'm either outdoors with my camera or indoors on a yoga mat - highly weather dependent! Click here to view some of the things that my camera has seen.   

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2009 - Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London) (2004 - 2008)
  • 2003 - Master in Science London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London) (2002 - 2003)
  • 1991 - Master of Business Administration University of Pune (former name University of Poona) (1989 - 1991)

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