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Prof Peter Gatrell - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Economic History

Tel: 0161 275-3097

Location: Samuel Alexander Building-N2.1
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I have spent most of my academic career at the University of Manchester, with short spells teaching part-time at the University of Liverpool and at the London School of Economics. My first teaching post was at the University of East Anglia (1976). My undergraduate and PhD degrees are from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997 and 2002 I was Head of the School of History and Classics, which now forms part of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures. I currently chair Sub-panel 27 (Area Studies) for the REF (Research Excellence Framework), 2014. I am one of the founding members of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. See

The British Academy awarded me a Research Readership in 1995-1997, enabling me to research and to write A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia during World War 1 (Indiana University Press, 1999; paperback, 2005) as well as several related articles and conference papers. This book won the Wayne S. Vucinich Prize, 2000, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies for 'outstanding work in Russian, East European or Eurasian studies in any branch of the humanities or social sciences', and the Alec Nove Prize, 2001, awarded by British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, for an 'outstanding monograph in Russian and East European Studies'.

I have since extended my interest in the history of population displacement in a number of directions (see below). These include collaborative research projects on population displacement, state-building and social identity in the aftermath of the First World War and the Second World War - see publications. I also became interested in the UN and global campaigns on behalf of refugees, and I published Free World? The campaign to save the world's refugees, 1956-1963 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Details at

My latest book is entitled The Making of the Modern Refugee (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback 2015).

Some of my preparatory work is available at <>

In 2012-13 I have been working on other related projects including the refugee crisis during the Korean War, and the concept of 'rehabilitation' in relation to global population displacement and external intervention in the 20th century.