Funded Research Projects

How do retail investors make financial decisions?

£0.5m research grant awarded to Henley Business School to investigate the effects of cognitive and emotional bias on retail investment choices. The research is undertaken by Professors Chris Brooks from the ICMA Centre and Carola Hillenbrand from Marketing and Reputation at Henley Business School.

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The first real estate bubble? Land Prices and Rents in Medieval England c. 1200-1550

The University of Reading has recently won a research project grant (ref. RPG-2014-307) worth almost £200,000 from the Leverhulme Trust. The research team, comprising Professor Chris BrooksProfessor Adrian Bell and Dr Helen Killick, will examine in detail the workings of the English real estate market in the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries.

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Medieval Foreign Exchange c. 1300-1500

The Leverhulme Trust has recently awarded a Research Project Grant worth almost £200,000 to Professors Adrian Bell and Chris Brooks, working with Dr Tony Moore, to examine in detail the workings of the foreign exchange markets in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Europe. This will be the first project to systematically study both the short- and long-run determinants of medieval foreign currency rates using modern methods and theories. The project started in January 2012 and will run for three years.

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Credit Finance in the Middle Ages: Loans to the English Crown c. 1272-1340

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awarded Professors Adrian Bell and Chris Brooks a major research grant worth just over £350,000 (RES-062-23-0733) to investigate the early and innovative use of credit finance by medieval English monarchs. The project ran from December 2007 to December 2010 and employed a full time Research Associate, Dr Tony Moore.

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The Soldier in later Medieval England: A major new AHRC research project

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded a Research Grant worth just under £500,000 to Dr Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453.

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Modern Finance in the Middle Ages? Advance contracts for the supply of wool

Dr Adrian Bell and Professor Chris Brooks were awarded £45,000 from the ESRC for a unique interdisciplinary project. Their research attempted to push back the boundaries for modern finance into the middle ages – by investigating forward contracts between Cistercian monasteries in England and Italian Merchant Banks during the later half of the thirteenth century. Further details on the award and of the outputs can be found by looking at UK Data Archive, study number 5325: www.data-archive.ac.uk

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