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Academic / Professional qualifications

I was awarded a BA (Hons) in History by the University of Cambridge in 1983 and obtained my PhD (also in History) from Birkbeck College, London, in 1989.

I held a Temporary Lectureship in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Bristol from 1987 to 1991, when I joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton.  I joined the School of Applied Social Sciences (now the School of Social Work and Social Policy) at the University of Strathclyde in September 2013.

Personal Statement

My research is concerned with various aspects of the social history of health and welfare since circa 1700.  I have worked on a wide range of topics within this field, including work on the history of height, morbidity and mortality; unemployment and poverty; the relationship between statutory and voluntary welfare provision; and the origins and development of the British welfare state.

Research Interests

I am currently working on a number of different topics, including the following:

  • Various issues associated with the use of anthropometric indicators to study the health and wellbeing of past populations
  • The history of sickness and morbidity
  • The impact of sanitary intervention on mortality decline (with Andrew Hinde, University of Southampton)
  • The comparative history of social policy in the different parts of the UK and the English-speaking world

Keywords

  • Health, welfare, social policy, history, height

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health Social Sciences
welfare Social Sciences
mortality Social Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Wales Medicine & Life Sciences
nineteenth century Social Sciences
England Medicine & Life Sciences
history Social Sciences

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1988 2019

Sanitary investment and the decline of urban mortality in England and Wales, 1817-1914

Harris, B. & Hinde, A., 8 Jan 2019, 24, 2, 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

loan
mortality
nineteenth century
end of the war
Loans

Climate effects and stature since 1800

Galofre-Vila, G., Guntupalli, A., Harris, B. & Hinde, A., 1 Dec 2018, In : Social Science History. 42, 4, p. 763-794 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
climate
historian
Geographical Information System
nineteenth century
Mexico

Thesis

Young people and volunteering : attitudes and experiences in areas of multiple deprivation

Author: Davies, J., 1 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Sime, D. (Supervisor) & Harris, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Prizes

Fellow of the Acdemy of Social Sciences

Bernard Harris (Recipient), 20 Oct 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

academy
social science
social scientist
social welfare
news

PROSE Award for Excellence in Economics (2011)

Bernard Harris (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Western world
nutrition
health
economics

Activities 2009 2018

Sanitary investment and the decline of mortality in England and Wales, 1817-1914

Harris, B. (Speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

HEDG Workshop on Public interventions, health and population in history and 8th Annual Workshop on Growth, History and Development

Harris, B. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
15 Jun 201716 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences