Pat Hudson was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. She is a Professor Emeritus of History at Cardiff University.
In 1971 Hudson was awarded a B.Sc. Economics from the London School of Economics and this was followed in 1981 by a PhD in Economic History from the University of York.
Pat Hudson is a British economic historian and one of the world-leading authorities on the Industrial Revolution whose research has focused on the wider economic, social and cultural aspects of the industrialisation process. She has advanced and changed the field in a number of areas, including the formation of fixed and circulating capital and the role of the wool textile industry in British economic growth; proto-industrialisation, local history and micro history; the diversity of regional experience during industrialisation and the dynamic created by intra- and inter-regional specialisation and trade. She has also contributed to the critique of conventional measures of industrialisation and comparative economic growth and change over time (e.g. historical applications of national income accounting, GDP, and the Gini coefficient) and to the historiography of economic and social history in relation to time and space, particularly highlighting anachronistic and ethnocentric analysis. Her current work critiques the preoccupation with economic growth in economic history emphasising distribution (income and capital inequalities) and sustainability. Hudson served as President of the Economic History Society from 2001 to 2004 and subsequently as Director (2006-11) and Chair of the Governors (2011-17) of the Pasold Research Fund.
- Pat Hudson (2020) Reinventing the Economic History of Industrialisation, co-ed with Kristine Bruland, Anne Gerritsen, Giorgio Riello (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP).
- Pat Hudson (2017) History by Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Approaches, co-ed. with Mina Ishizu (London: Bloomsbury).
- Pat Hudson (2016) The Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History, co-ed. with Francesco Boldizzoni (London, Routledge).
- Pat Hudson (2016) The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-first Century: the Piketty Opportunity, co-ed. with Keith Tribe (Newcastle: Agenda Publishing).
- Pat Hudson (2001) Living Economic and Social History: Essays to Mark the 75th Anniversary of the Economic History Society (Glasgow: Economic History Society).
- Pat Hudson (1992) The Industrial Revolution (London: Edward Arnold), transl. into five languages.
- Pat Hudson (1989) Regions and industries: a perspective on the industrial revolution in Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
- Pat Hudson (1986) The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of the West Riding Wool Textile Industry, c.1750-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
- ^ a b c University of Cardiff: Pat Hudson (Accessed Jan 2011)
- ^ a b c BBC: British History in-depth, The Workshop of the World, By Professor Pat Hudson (Accessed Jan 2011)
- ^ History, Professor Patricia Hudson Emeritus Professor School of; Archaeology. "Professor Patricia Hudson". Cardiff University. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
- ^ Schwarz, Leonard (1995). Pat Hudson, The industrial revolution, Continuity and Change, 10, pp 437-439
- ^ Bradley, Margaret (1993) Review of The Industrial Revolution by Pat Hudson Technology and Culture, Jul., 1993, vol. 34, no. 3, p. 683-684
- ^ Harriss, J.R. (1989) Review of The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of the West Riding Wood Textlle Industry, c. 1750-1850 by Pat Hudson, The American Historical Review, Jun., vol. 94, no. 3, p. 762-763
- ^ Heim, Carol E (1988) Review of The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of the West Riding Wool Textile Industry, c. 1750-1850. by Pat Hudson Journal of Economic History, Mar., 1988, vol. 48, no. 1, p. 170-172
- ^ Pollard, Sidney (1989) Review of The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of the West Riding Wool Textile Industry, C. 1750-1850 by Pat Hudson, English Historical Review, Oct., 1989, vol. 104, no. 413, p. 1050