Florian Ploeckl

Dr Florian Ploeckl

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

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

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

Welcome to my research.

  • Below is a short overview about the main areas of my research
  • Publications can be found on the Publications tab
  • Drafts & Working papers of current research can be found on figshare


PostkutscheThe 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: Uniform Service, Uniform Productivity? Regional Efficiency of the Imperial German Postal, Telegraph and Telephone Service 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 ,  Towns (and villages): definitions and implications in a historical setting


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




Year Title Funding Source Funding Amount
2018-2021 Experienced Researcher Fellowship Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung EUR 50000
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
2018-19 Development of new PG Economic Principles Course Faculty of the Professions, $3000  
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.

I am teaching in the Bachelor and Master programs in Economics, including the following courses

Econ 1008 Data Analytics

Econ 1013 Using Big Data for Economic and Social Problems

Econ 2513 Global Economic History 

Econ 7200 Economic Principles



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 Applied Economics 
Diploma in Applied Economics 
Master of Applied Economics

Master of Advanced Economics


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

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Economic implications of 5G and revolutionary mobile broadband technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Edgar Huk
    2020 Co-Supervisor Three Essays on Early Childhood Development Issues: Evidence from Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nasantogtokh Yunren
  • 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
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Modern Chinese Banking Networks during the Republican Era Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lingyu Kong
  • 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 - -
  • Memberships

    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 - -
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130716
  • Email: florian.ploeckl@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 82231460
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Economics

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