BA (Hons.), MA and Ph.D. Economics, Cambridge University
BA Mathematics, Open University
My doctoral work was concerned with the application of statistical decision theory to the modelling of wage bargaining. Some early empirical work done in connection with this doctorate led to my collaboration with Roy Church resulting in our 1998 book Strikes and Solidarity: Coalfield Conflict in Britain, 1889-1966.
As a result of an invitation from colleagues in the Centre for Development Studies I moved into another field, the economics of famine and food security and, later, the political economy of conflict. This has involved research, fieldwork and consultancy in Mongolia, Eritrea and Liberia for organizations including the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and remains a key element in my teaching work.
My research work has now returned to the history of the UK coal industry. I am a member of the Royal Historical Society and am currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of History, Yr Adran Hanes, Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe, Wales, UK, Cymru DU. My most recent project is a chapter on the ‘Featherstone Massacre’ for a book on secular martyrology in Britain and Ireland co-edited by Keith Laybourn and myself, due to be published by Palgrave in 2017 or 2018.
The history of the UK coal industry.
Economics and Global History, Undergraduate Level 1
Economic Controversies, Undergraduate Level 1
Applied Economics module, Undergraduate Level 2
Economics of Famine module, Undergraduate Level 3
Economics Dissertation module, Undergraduate Level 3
Outram, Q. Forthcoming. The Demand for Residential Domestic Service in the London of 1901, Economic History Review.
Outram, Q. Forthcoming 2017. Featherstone, 1893. Ch. 4 of Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. Forthcoming 2017a.
Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. (eds) Forthcoming 2017a. A History of Secular Martyrdom in the British and Irish Isles: From Peterloo to the Present. Palgrave, London
Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. Forthcoming 2017b. ‘A Divine Discontent with Wrong’: An Introduction to The People’s Martyrology. Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. Forthcoming 2017a.
Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. Forthcoming 2017c. ‘The People’s Flag is Deepest Red, It Shrouded Oft our Martyred Dead’: Martyrdom and the People’s History. Ch. 11 of Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K. Forthcoming 2017a.
Outram, Q. Forthcoming 2016. Carlow, Charles Augustus (1878-1954), in Lawrence Goldman (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford. (A more detailed version is available at
Outram, Q. Forthcoming 2016. Foot, Robert William (1889-1973), in Lawrence Goldman (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford. (A more detailed version is available at
Outram, Q. Forthcoming 2016. Nimmo, Sir Adam, KBE (1866-1939), in Lawrence Goldman (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford. (A more detailed version is available at
Outram, Q. 2015. The Historiography of the British Coal Industry (November 1). Leeds University Business School Working Paper No. 16-04. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2694975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2694975 .
Outram Q. (ed.) 2012. Coal in Victorian Britain Part 1: Coal in the Victorian Economy, 3 vols., pp. i-xxxiv + 1-495, i-xiv + 1-485, i-xix + 1-476, Pickering & Chatto, London. ISBN-13 978 1 84893 060 5. Volumes 1-3 of John Benson (ed.) 2011-12. Coal in Victorian Britain Parts 1 and 2, 6 vols., Pickering & Chatto, London, 2011-12. (Now published by Routledge, London).
Outram, Q. 2012. Margot Asquith and Jean Harlow, Notes & Queries, New Series, 59 (3) (September): 425-8.
Outram, Q. 2008. Research Note: Early British Strike Statistics, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 25/26 (Spring/Autumn): 177-96.
Outram, Q. and Fishman, Nina, 2006. Le Roi Charbon et Ses Subjets Turbulents: Les Industries et Sociétés Charbonnières en Grande-Bretagne aux XVIIIe et XIXe Siecles’ [King Coal and His Unruly Subjects: Coal Industries and Coal Societies of Britain in the 18th and 19th Centuries], in: Xavier Daumalin, Sylvie Daviet and Philippe Mioche (eds.) Territoires Européens du Charbon: Des Origines aux Reconversions, Publications de l' Université de Provence, pp.15 - 35.
Outram, Q. 2006. The General Strike and the Development of British Capitalism. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 21 (Spring): 121-41
Outram, Q. 2004. Class Warriors: The Coalowners. In John McIlroy, Alan Campbell and Keith Gildart (eds.) Industrial Politics and the 1926 Mining Lockout: The Struggle for Dignity, University of Wales Press, 107-35. Paperback edition 2009.
Church, R. and Outram, Q. 2002. Strikes and Solidarity: Coalfield Conflict in Britain 1888-1966, Cambridge University Press. Paperback and electronic editions.
Outram, Q. 2002. The Demographic Impact of Early Modern Warfare. Social Science History, 26(2): 245-72.
Outram, Q. Liberia: Recent History and Economy. In Katy Murison (ed.), Africa South of the Sahara 2003, Europa Publications. 563-80 and annual updates to the present.
Outram, Q. Liberia: Economy. In Katy Murison (ed.), Africa South of the Sahara 2002, Europa Publications. 550-7 and annual updates to the present.
Outram, Q. 2001. The Socio-Economic Relations of Warfare and the Military Mortality Crises of the Thirty Years’ War, Medical History. 45(2): 151-84. Reprinted in Paul E.J. Hammer (ed.), Warfare in Early Modern Europe 1450-1660, Ashgate, 2007.
Outram, Q. 1999. The History of Labour and the History of Art, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, (8): 117-26.
Outram, Q. 1999. Liberia: Roots and Fruits of the Emergency, Third World Quarterly, 20(1): 163-73.
Church, R. and Outram, Q. 1998. Strikes and Solidarity: Coalfield Conflict in Britain 1888-1966, Cambridge University Press.
For reviews and review articles, see:
V. L. Allen 1998. Industrial Relations Journal, 29(4).
J. Brown 1998-99. European Labour Forum, Winter: 48-.9
Kenneth Brown 1998. The Times Higher Education Supplement, (1355) (23 October): 29.
Alan Campbell 1999. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, (7): 147-63.
Samuel Cohn 1999. American Journal of Sociology, 104(5): 1568-9.
Simon Cordery 2000. Journal of Social History, 33(3): 706-8.
Paul Edwards 1999. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, (7): 165-75.
R. J. Finlay 1999. Scottish Historical Review, 78(205): 140-1.
Colin Griffin 2000. Labour History Review, 65(1).
Rodney Hills 1999. Economic History Review, 52(3): 583.
D. Howell 1999. Welsh History Review, 19(4): 767-9.
J. A. Jaffee 1999. Albion, 31(1): 150-2.
John H. M. Laslett 1999. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 30(2): 315-16.
Francois-Charles Mougel 1999. Revue Historique, (611): 640-2.
L. Satre 2000. Historian, 62(2): 440-1.
Stephanie Tailby 1999. Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations, 54(4): 836-8.
Charles Tilly 1999. Journal of Modern History, 71(4): 945-7.
John G. Treble 1999. Journal of Economic History, 59 (3): 815-16.
David Waddington 1998. Work, Employment & Society, 12(4): 794-5.
Peter Weiller 1999. American Historical Review, 104(5): 1757-8.
N. Whiteside 1999. Political Studies, 47(5).
Outram, Q. 1998. The Lessons of Liberia: An Analysis of the Liberian Complex Political Emergency, 1989-1997. In COPE Working Papers, Leeds, Consortium for Political Emergencies (COPE), Centre for Development Studies, University of Leeds. iv + 67.
Outram, Q. 1997. The Stupidest Men in England? The Industrial Relations Strategy of the Coalowners between the Lockouts, 1923-1924, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, (4): 65-95.
Outram, Q. 1997. Cruel Wars and Safe Havens: Humanitarian Aid in Liberia, 1989-1996, Disasters, 21(3): 189-205.
Outram, Q. 1997. It's Terminal Either Way: An Analysis of Armed Conflict in Liberia, 1989-1996, Review of African Political Economy, (73): 355-71.
Duffy, G. and Outram, Q. 1994. Rice, Fish and Famine Relief, European Journal of Political Economy, 10(3): 591-605.
Bougen, P. Ogden, S. and Outram, Q. 1990. The Appearance and Disappearance of Accounting: Wage Determination in the UK Coal Industry, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 15(3): 149-70.
Bougen, P. Ogden, S. and Outram, Q. 1988. Profit Sharing and the Cycle of Control, Sociology, 22(4): 607-629