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1988 …2022
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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
history Social Sciences
nineteenth century Social Sciences
morbidity Social Sciences

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1988 2019

Mortality decline by cause in urban and rural England and Wales, 1851-1910

Hinde, A. & Harris, B., 19 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mortality
urban area
cause
rural area
Disease

Parsimony and pauperism: poor relief in England, Scotland and Wales in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries

Harris, B., 11 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. 39, 1, p. 40-74 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Poor Relief
Poor Law
Wales
Parsimony
England

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

Bernard Harris (Speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Evaluation Panel, Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu, Finland (Event)

Bernard Harris (Advisor)
25 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee