Dr Duncan Needham

BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD

Special Supervisor

College Jobs

  • Special Supervisor, History
  • Special Supervisor, Economic History (Economics Tripos)

University Jobs

  • Dean and Senior Tutor, Darwin College
  • Director, Centre for Financial History


Telephone: 01223 335673

Email: djn33@cam.ac.uk


Dr Duncan Needham is Dean and Senior Tutor of Darwin College, Director of the Centre for Financial History, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Risk Studies (Judge Business School) and Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of History – all at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the modern economic history of Western Europe, particularly the United Kingdom. He pays particular attention to how economic theory intersects with politics and the practical challenges of operating and regulating financial markets. Recent publications have focused on the UK’s often thorny relationship with the International Monetary Fund, and Western European monetary policy since the classical gold standard. Between his first degree at the London School of Economics and his graduate degrees at Cambridge, Duncan was a credit trader at JP Morgan and then a fund manager at Cairn Capital.

Research Interests

Economic history, political history, political economy.