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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in Modern British History, with particular interests in war, medicine and military culture. In 2013 I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship for a study of health and medicine in the British Armed Forces, 1945-2000.



Research Interests

I am interested in military health and physical culture in the twentieth century, particularly  the ways in which the British Armed Forces have prepared civilian men for military service through bodily regimes. I  also conduct research on the medical and scientific experiments that have been carried out on military personnel since 1939. My first monograph, Civilians into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945, will be published by Manchester University Press in August 2014. I am currently working on a project on health in the British Armed Forces in the postwar era. This will involve conducting oral history interviews with ex-service personnel to understand how they have engaged with and resisted military healthcare regimes.

I am also involved in a knowledge exchange project to deliver history of health and medicine material as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools. This project, funded by the University of Strathclyde, brings together the CSHHH Glasgow, Learning Teaching Scotland, the Wellcome Trust Library, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the following undergraduate courses:

  • Disease and Society: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • Dangerous Drugs and Magic Bullets: the Social History of Medicines in Modernity
  • Basic British History: From 1700 to the Present Day
  • Medicine and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
  • Madness and Society from Ancient Times to the Present

I also run the MSc module Medicine and Warfare, 1800-2000

Academic / Professional qualifications

2010, PhD History, Univeristy of Strathclyde

2004, MPhil Social History, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde

2003, BA Hons (First Class), University of Stirling

Education/Academic qualification


Master of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts, University of Stirling

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Projects 2013 2021

Masculinity and sexuality among facially disfigured servicemen during and after the Second World War

Newlands, E.


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Research Output 2012 2019

The body and becoming a soldier in Britain during the Second World War

Newlands, E., 30 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Manpower: The Armies of the British Empire During the First and Second World Wars. New York, 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Second World War

Blessures et pathologies. Médecine et chirurgie

Newlands, E., 2015, (Accepted/In press) Encyclopedie de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Muracciole, J. F. & Pieketty, G. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

World War II
Wounds and Injuries


'A different existence altogether' constructing, conditioning and controlling the British soldier's body in the First World War

Author: Walker, S. H., 1 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Mills, J. (Supervisor) & Newlands, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Intoxicants and the Indian colonial army : consumption and control, 1857-1919

Author: Cavin, C. R. P., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Mills, J. (Supervisor) & Newlands, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Health History and the Curriculum for Excellence

James Mills (Participant), Emma Newlands (Participant), Arthur McIvor (Participant), Matthew Smith (Participant), Angela Turner (Participant), Patricia Barton (Participant), Ryan Johnson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Education