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Xuesheng You

Dr Xuesheng You


Cardiff Business School

+44 29225 11757
Aberconway Building, Room C09 A, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Media commentator


Xuesheng You is an economic historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.

Being disillusioned with Economics after a Bachelor from Manchester and an MPhil from Cambridge, he went on to get his PhD in Economic History from Cambridge as a Gates Scholar.

His research to date focuses on two specific areas. First, how gendered labour market and household economy interacted with the British Industrial Revolution. Second, how the development of transport systems affected the Industrial Revolution via labour migration, resource reallocation and urbanisation.

He is currently pursuing his new research interests related to the economic history of late imperial China.

He lives with Fanfan, his Golden Retriever pup who has an enormous ability of 'independent' and 'critical' thinking.



  • Gender, family and work in 18th- and 19th-century Britain
  • Transport, urbanisation and economic geography in 18th- and 19th-century Britain
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Transport and economic development in late imperial China


Before joining Cardiff in July 2022, I worked at the Swansea University for two years as a lecturer in economics.

Prior to that, I worked as a research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure where I also received my PhD and remain an affiliated researcher.

I keep undertaking collaborative work with Leigh Shaw-Taylor (Cambridge), Dan Bogart (UC, Irvine), Eduard Alvarez (UoC), Cheng Yang (Renmin) and Joe Day (Bristol).


I welcome enquries from prospective students wishing to undertake research in economic history, particularly in fields aligned with my research interests.