Peter Scott is Professor of International Business History at Henley Business School, University of Reading and a former President of the Association of Business Historians. His research interests include: the growth of mass consumption, consumer credit and owner-occupation, together with their impacts on household behaviour; the evolution of mass retailing formats in Britain and the United States; the development of consumer goods industries; and path dependence and technological change.
His monograph Triumph of the South: A Regional Economic History of Britain During the Early Twentieth Century (Aldershot: Ashgate) was awarded the Wadsworth Prize for the best monograph in British business history published in 2007. A further monograph, The Making of the Modern British Home: Suburbanisation and its Impact on Working-class Family Life Between the Wars, published by Oxford U.P. in October 2013 was the subject of a Henley Business School public lecture on 12th February 2014.