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Dr Florian Ploeckl

Florian Ploeckl
Senior Lecturer
School of Economics
Faculty of the Professions

My research and teaching focuses on the role of Economic Geography within Economic History and the spatial patterns of long-term economics development.

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Dr Florian Ploeckl

My research and teaching focuses on the role of Economic Geography within Economic History and the spatial patterns of long-term economics development.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.


The main focus of my current work is the importance of the postal service for economic activity in th 19th century. Particular aspects center on the relevance of information flows for trade, capital and labour flows during the First Globalization and the Interwar period. On a local level I utilize postal data on information and communication to better understand the spatial structure of the economy in particular urban systems.  

Published article:  Spanning the Globe: The Rise of Global Communications Systems and the First Globalisation

Dresden Festung 1750

Towns and cities are also a second concentration of my research. My work investigates the definition, location, size and long-term growth of towns. In particular the role of geographic endowments and agglomeration effects on town size is one focus of my research. Geographically this work is mostly focused on Germany, in particular Saxony.

Published articles: Endowments and market access; the size of towns in historical perspective: Saxony, 1550-1834 , 


Zollverein map

A third strand of research is the Zollverein, the first international customs union formed by German states in 1834. Building on my dissertation research I look at the role of geography on the political economy of its formation, the impact it had on regional growth patterns and spatial structures of the early industrialization.

Published articles: The internal impact of a customs union; Baden and the ZollvereinThe Zollverein and the Sequence of a Customs Union , Local convergence: Baden 1829-1847


PhD comic portrait Florian Ploeckl





Date Position Institution name
2015 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Lecturer University of Adelaide
2009 - 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Oxford

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2016 Award Executive Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Practice Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide Australia
2014 Recognition Executive Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Research Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide
2012 Award IEHA Dissertation Prize

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak and understand spoken
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review


Date Institution name Country Title
2003 - 2009 Yale University United States PhD
1999 - 2003 University of Maastricht Netherlands Master

Research Interests


Year Citation
2017 Ploeckl, F. (2017). Towns (and villages): definitions and implications in a historical setting. Cliometrica, 11(2), 269-287.
2016 Ploeckl, F. (2016). Uniform service, uniform productivity?: regional efficiency of the Imperial German postal, telegraph, and telephone service. Australian Economic History Review, 56(2), 221-243.
2016 Ploeckl, F. (2016). British Hail Steamers to South America, 1851-1965: A History of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and Royal Afail Lines.. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 76(1), 238-239.
2016 Ploeckl, F. (2016). Competing in Capabilities: The Globalization Process, by John Sutton (Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2014), pp. 144.. Economic Record, 92(296), 146-147.
2015 Holmes, S., & Ploeckl, F. (2015). Bank on steel? Joint-stock banks and the rationalization of the British interwar steel industry. European Review of Economic History, 19(1), 88-107.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2015 Ploeckl, F. (2015). The Zollverein and the sequence of a customs union. Australian Economic History Review, 55(3), 277-300.
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2014 Ploeckl, F. (2014). The Business of Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the United States, 1900-1914: Mass Migration as a Transnational Business in Long Distance Travel. JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY, 44(4), 531-532.
2014 Lampe, M., & Ploeckl, F. (2014). Spanning the globe: the rise of global communications systems and the first globalisation. Australian Economic History Review, 54(3), 242-261.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2013 Ploeckl, F. (2013). The internal impact of a customs union; Baden and the Zollverein. Explorations in Economic History, 50(3), 387-404.
DOI Scopus4 WoS2
2013 Ploeckl, F. (2013). Local convergence: Baden 1829-1847. Scandinavian Economic History Review, 61(2), 122-139.
DOI Scopus1
2012 Ploeckl, F. (2012). Endowments and market access; the size of towns in historical perspective: Saxony, 1550-1834. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 42(4), 607-618.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2007 Ploeckl, F. (2007). Spinning the Threads of Uneven Development: Gender and Industrialization in Ireland during the Long Eighteenth Century . By Jane Gray (Lanham, Md., Lexington Books, 2005) 224 pp. $70.00. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 37(3), 448-449.

Working Paper

Year Citation
2017 Ploeckl, F., & Esteves, R. (2017). Trade and Gold; a Historical Simulation Approach.
2017 Ploeckl, F., & Esteves, R. (2017). Trade, Alliances and Democracy: Understanding the Evolution of the Global Institutional System during the First Globalization.
2017 Ploeckl, F., & Kong, L. (2017). Banker network centrality and performance of the modern bank industry in Republic China.
2017 Ploeckl, F. (2017). National Rules, Regional Differences? Explaining the Regional Efficiency of a Public Monopolist: The Case of the German Reichspost.
2017 Ploeckl, F. (2017). The Zollverein and the Formation of a customs union.
2015 Ploeckl, F. (2015). It's all in the mail: the economic geography of the German empire. School of Economics, University of Adelaide.
2012 Ploeckl, F. (2012). Space, settlements, towns: the influence of geography and market access on settlement distribution and urbanization.
2012 Ploeckl, F. (2012). Market access and information technology adoption: historical evidence from the telephone in Bavaria. Department of Economics, University of Oxford.
2010 Ploeckl, F. (2010). Borders, market access and urban growth; the case of Saxon towns and the Zollverein.
Year Title Funding Source Funding Amount
2015 Momentum Grant Faculty of the Professions, UofA $4500
2013 Momentum Grant Faculty of the Professions, UofA $5000
2011-2013 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship European Union Framework 7 EUR 194000
2011 Research Grant OUP John Fell Fund GBP 5000
2006 Exploratory Data & Travel Grant Economic History Association USD 1500


Learning & Teaching
Year Project Funding Source & Amount
2015-2016 Blended Teaching in Economics Postgraduate Programs Faculty of the Professions, $50000
2015 Communication in Economics (SGDE Development) Faculty of the Professions, $10000


Map depicting travel costs
This map was created as part of my research and depicts estimated historical transportation costs from any location in Saxony towards the capital Dresden.

In 2016 I will be teaching in the Bachelor and Master programs in Economics, in particular the following courses

Semester 2 Econ 3509 International Economic History III
Semester 1 & 2 Econ 7238 Challenges in Economic Policy and Applied Research


L&D Grant Video title card

In 2015 I received a Learning & Development Grant of the Faculty of the Professions
to facilitate the introduction of SGDE into the Economic History course. 

For the Festival of Learning and Teaching I gave a short overview about the project
Here is a link to the video describing it


I am currently also the Postgraduate Coursework Program Coordinator in the School of Economics, therefore responsible for the following programs: 

Postgraduate Programs in Economics
Graduate Certificate in Economics 
Diploma in Applied Economics 
Master of Applied Economics (including specializations in International Economics and Public Policy

Master of Economics (Coursework)

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 Principal Supervisor Evolution of Income Inequality in the Republic of China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lingyu Kong

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Economics and Political Economy of Agricultural Trade-Related Policies in China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wenshou Yan

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 - 2016 Chair Organization Committee APEBH 2016 Conference
2014 - ongoing Board Member Organization Committee AusClio Workshop
2014 - ongoing Member EHSANZ Executive Committee


Date Role Membership Country
2015 - ongoing Member ANU Centre for Economic History
2013 - ongoing Member Nuffield College, University of Oxford United Kingdom

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2017 - ongoing Associate Editor Australian Economic History Review
2015 - ongoing Board Member Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history
Senior Lecturer
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