Dr Alka Raman

Alka Raman

An introduction

I am a historian, currently Hallsworth Fellow at the Department of History, University of Manchester, with a PhD from the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I study technological change in global economic history.

My doctoral research has assessed the impact of Indian cotton textiles on industrialisation in the British cotton industry between 1700 and 1860. I have used historic textiles and a scientific experiments-based methodology to source quantitative evidence from textile objects. I apply this approach of scientific and empirical product analysis to understand the materiality of technological change with a view to expanding our knowledge of how technologies alter, persist or become obsolete, and why.


Recent Projects

I have looked at some of these questions through the lens of technological change in the early British cotton industry, 1720-1860.


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