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John Singleton

Professor John Singleton PhD, MA, MSc, BD

Professor of Economic and Business History


I have been at Sheffield Hallam since 2011. I did my undergraduate degree and PhD at Lancaster University in the 1980s. Between 1993 and 2010 I lived in New Zealand and worked at Victoria University of Wellington.


I have degrees from the University of Lancaster (BA, PhD), the London School of Economics (MSc) and the University of Edinburgh (BD). My PhD thesis was on the decline of the Lancashire cotton industry in the mid twentieth century and I published extensively on that topic including a monograph Lancashire on the Scrapheap (Oxford University Press, 1991). While in Wellington I worked on aspects of economic relations between the UK and New Zealand, and published commissioned histories of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Audit Office. My most recent book is Central Banking in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2011). My next book, Economic and Natural Disasters since 1900, will be published by Edward Elgar Ltd in 2016.

Economic history of disasters including financial crashes and instability; business and political history of the financial sector in Britain.


Department of Humanities

College of Social Sciences and Arts


BA History

Industrial Warfare and the Great War, The City of London and the British Economy since 1870, Britain and America in the Interwar Years, The Historian and Research, Digital History


The Labour Party and the financial sector in the 1970s

James Reveley, University of Wollongong


Singleton, J. (2018). British cotton textiles: maturity and decline. Economic History Review, 71 (2), 675-676.

Reveley, J., & Singleton, J. (2018). Carbon copy: The mock bureaucratic setting of colliery explosions in early Twentieth Century Britain and at Pike River, New Zealand. Journal of Management History, 24 (1), 20-36.

Singleton, J. (2017). Inflation and the Making of Australian Macroeconomic Policy, 1945–85. Australian Historical Studies, 48 (1), 144-145.

Reveley, J., & Singleton, J. (2016). Labour, Industrial Revitalization, and the Financial Sector, 1970–79. Twentieth Century British History, 27 (4), 599-620.

Singleton, J., & Schenk, C. (2015). The shift from sterling to the dollar 1965-76 : evidence from Australia and New Zealand. Economic History Review, 68 (4), 1154-1176.

Reveley, J., & Singleton, J. (2014). Clearing the cupboard : the role of public relations in London clearing banks' collective legitimacy-seeking, 1950-1980. Enterprise and Society, 15 (3), 472-498.

Reveley, J., & Singleton, J. (2013). Re-storying bankers: historical antecedents of banker bashing in Britain and America. Management & Organizational History, 8 (4), 329-344.

Schenk, C., & Singleton, J. (2011). Basket pegs and exchange rate regime change : Australia and New Zealand in the mid-seventies. Australian Economic History Review, 51 (2), 120-149.

Singleton, J., & Grietjie, V. (2010). Regulation, deregulation and internationalization in South African and New Zealand banking. Business History, 52 (4), 536-563.

Singleton, J. (2009). The euromarkets and the New Zealand government in the 1960s. Australian Economic History Review, 49 (3), 252-275.

Singleton, J. (2007). Landlords warned of more protection for commercial tenants. Strategic Direction, 23 (9).

Greasley, D., Inwood, K., & Singleton, J. (2007). FACTOR PRICES AND INCOME DISTRIBUTION IN LESS INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMIES 1870?1939. Australian Economic History Review, 47 (1), 1-5.

Singleton, J. (2002). British Engineering and the New Zealand Market, 1945-60. Business History, 44 (4), 121-140.

Robertson, P., & Singleton, J. (2000). The Old Commonwealth and Britain's First Application to Join the EEC, 1961-3. Australian Economic History Review, 40 (2), 153-177.

Guest, M., & Singleton, J. (1999). The Murupara Project and Industrial Development in New Zealand 1945-65. Australian Economic History Review, 39 (1), 52-71.

Singleton, J. (1998). Anglo-New Zealand financial relations, 1945–61. Financial History Review, 5 (2), 139-157.

Singleton, J., & Robertson, P.L. (1997). Britain, Butter, and European Integration, 1957–1964. The Economic History Review, 50 (2), 327-347.

Singleton, J. (1997). New Zealand, Britain and the Survival of the Ottawa Agreement, 1945-77*. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 43 (2), 168-182.

Singleton, J. (1996). British Business History: A Review of Periodical Literature for 1994. Business History, 38 (2), 1-14.

Millward, R., & Singleton, J. (1995). The political economy of nationalisation in Britain 1920-50. The political economy of nationalisation in Britain 1920-50.

Singleton, J.C., & Wingender, J.R. (1994). THE NONPARALLEL WEEKEND EFFECT IN THE STOCK AND BOND MARKETS. Journal of Financial Research, 17 (4), 531-538.

SINGLETON, J. (1994). The cotton industry and the British war effort, 1914–1918. The Economic History Review, 47 (3), 601-618.

Singleton, J. (1992). The Virgin Mary and Religious Conflict in Victorian Britain. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 43 (1), 16-34.

SINGLETON, J. (1991). The crisis in postwar Lancashire: a rejoinder. The Economic History Review, 44 (3), 527-530.

Singleton, J. (1990). Showing the White Flag: The Lancashire Cotton Industry, 1945–65. Business History, 32 (4), 129-149.

SINGLETON, J. (1990). Planning for cotton 1945-1951. The Economic History Review, 43 (1), 62-78.

Singleton, J.C., & Wingender, J. (1986). Skewness Persistence in Common Stock Returns. The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 21 (3), 335.

SINGLETON, J. (1986). Lancashire's Last Stand: Declining Employment in the British Cotton Industry, 1950-70. The Economic History Review, 39 (1), 92-107.

Singleton, J. (1986). Homage to Lancashire: the cotton industry 1945-65. .

Singleton, J. (1986). Homage to Lancashire: the cotton industry, 1945-65. .

Singleton, J.C., & Lauer, J.R. (1979). The Implications of Recursiveness in Capital Markets--Theory and Empirical Tests. The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 14 (1), 59.

Bey, R.P., & Singleton, J.C. (1978). AUTOCORRELATED CASH FLOWS AND THE SELECTION OF A PORTFOLIO OF CAPITAL ASSETS. Decision Sciences, 9 (4), 640-657.

Pinches, G.E., & Singleton, J.C. (1978). THE ADJUSTMENT OF STOCK PRICES TO BOND RATING CHANGES. The Journal of Finance, 33 (1), 29-44.

Conference papers

Surkan, A.J., & Singleton, J.C. (1992). Neural networks as bond rating tools. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Science, 4, 499-503.

Surkan, A.J., & Singleton, J.C. (1990). Neural networks for bond rating improved by multiple hidden layers. IJCNN. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 157-162.

Book chapters

Singleton, J. (2022). Breathing Apparatus for Mine Rescue in the UK, 1890s–1920s. In Standard of Living. (pp. 373-393). Springer International Publishing:

Singleton, J. (2022). The British economy. In 20th Century Britain. (pp. 29-45). Routledge:

Wilson, J.F., & Singleton, J. (2017). The Manchester industrial district, 1750-1939: Clustering, networking and performance. In Industrial Clusters and Regional Business Networks in England, 1750-1970. (pp. 44-67).

Hawke, G., & Singleton, J. (2016). State and Central Bank in New Zealand. In Feiertag, O., & Margairaz, M. (Eds.) Les Banques Centrales et l'Ētát-Nation. (pp. 213-230). Paris: Presses de Sciences Po:

Singleton, J. (2016). Financial crises and disaster management. In Hollow, M., Akinbami, F., & Michie, R. (Eds.) Complexity and Crisis in the Financial System : Critical Perspectives on the Evolution of American and British Banking. (pp. 306-328). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar:

Singleton, J. (2015). Using the Disaster Cycle in Economic and Social History. In Brown, A.T., Burn, A., & Doherty, R. (Eds.) Crises in Economic and Social History : A Comparative Perspective. (pp. 53-78). Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer:

Reveley, J., & Singleton, J. (2015). Financial fantasy documents and public learning : the case of the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Report. In Peters, M.A., Paraskeva, J., & Besley, T. (Eds.) The Global Financial Crisis and Educational Restructuring. (pp. 165-176). New York: Peter Lang

Singleton, J. (2007). 'Destruction . . . and misery': The first world war. In Economic Disasters of the Twentieth Century. (pp. 9-50).

(n.d.). International Competition and Strategic Response in the Textile Industries SInce 1870. Routledge:


Singleton, J. (2016). Economic and natural disasters since 1900 : a comparative history. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Baker, H.K., Singleton, J.C., & Veit, E.T. (2010). Survey Research in Corporate Finance. Oxford University Press.

Singleton, J. (2010). Central banking in the twentieth century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Singleton, J. (n.d.). World Textile Industry. Routledge.

Theses / Dissertations

Boulter, R. (2017). The Steel City and the Iron Lady, 1979-85. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Petersson, N., & Singleton, J.


John’s main interest is British and world financial and economic history over the last 100 years.

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