Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare - Our Experts

Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare Visiting Academics

One of the key goals for those who established the Centre back in 2005 was to attract experts in Medical Humanities and related fields to Glasgow to connect with researchers here.  The Visiting Fellow scheme, the Annual Lecture series, the programme of seminars and the regular conferences have brought everyone from senior academics to early career researchers to the Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare for over a decade.

Meet some of those visiting us in 2017:

Johanne Daigle

Visiting Fellow from Laval University

In February 2017, Johanne joined the centre from Laval University in Quebec where she is a professor of social gender and history interested in the study of civil society in the history of Quebec (Canada) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her new project examines the ways impoverished people have faced the necessities of life through the prism of health care (nursing services) and social services (voluntary associations for women and children), grasping the complex dynamics between established models and the possibilities offered in a given place. The parallel between Glasgow and Quebec, both port cities influenced by the British when they faced industrial economy, could point to certain assumptions on the wellbeing intervention. The model of the Queen’s Nursing spread both in Scotland and Quebec province should highlight some hypothesis. She is interested in the roles of social change and civil society and how these influenced visions of charity, justice and human rights.  Her previous research has explored the development of healthcare systems in rural communities and she will be talking about some of that research in a paper on 8 March 2017.  She can be contacted on johanne.daigle@hst.ulaval.ca

Dr Allan Beveridge

Consultant Psychiatrist at the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline

Dr Allan Beveridge is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline. He lectures at the Department of Psychiatry of Edinburgh University on the history of psychiatry. He is an assistant editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, where he edits the “Psychiatry in Pictures” series and is one of the Book Review Editors. He is an assistant editor of History of Psychiatry, where he is also one of the Book Review Editors. He is also the History and Humanities Editor of the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has over 70 publications, including eight book chapters, on such subjects as the history of psychiatry, ethics, and the relation of the arts to mental illness. He has written about Robert Burns, Robert Fergusson, James Boswell, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Edvard Munch, Iain Crichton Smith and Charles Altamont Doyle. In 2006, he was awarded a Wellcome clinical leave research grant to study the early writings and private papers of R.D. Laing, which are held at the Special Collections Department of Glasgow University. A book based on this research, entitled Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man. The early writings and work of R.D. Laing was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Professor Yong-an Zhang

Director of the David F Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University


Yong-an Zhang is Professor of Modern History at the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University. He received his B.A. in History in 1995, followed by an M.A. in American History in 2002 from the Northeast Normal University, and his Ph.D. (2005) from Fudan University. He has worked at the Department of History of Medicine of Yale University (New Haven, USA), and he was Visiting Fellow at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies of Brooking Institution (Washington, D.C., USA), and at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) (Glasgow, UK). His research has addressed the social history of narcotics, medicine and health, as well as global health history and the international history of the Cold War. His publications include: Policy Choice in Changing Society: A Study on American Marijuana Policy (2009), and Between Science and Politics: The American Medical Association and Origins of Drug Control (2016). He has published more than 40 papers in English and Chinese in the International Journal of Drug Policy and Historical Research, etc., and he is also an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social History of Medicine and Health (in Chinese).  He can be contacted on zhangyongan@shu.edu.cn

Dr Rebecca Wynter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injuries and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’, at Social Studies in Medicine (University of Birmingham). Lecturer in Quaker History at the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke (University of Birmingham and University of Lancaster).

Dr Rebecca Wynter is a historian of mental health and learning disabilities, neurology, and First World War-era medicine. She is Reviews Editor for Quaker Studies. With its distinctive heritage, Glasgow is one of the three urban case-studies of the four-year AHRC-funded project, 'Forged by Fire'. The city is therefore at the core of her current work on the psychiatry, psychology, disability and rehabilitation associated with burns injuries. Her areas of research – from the Friends’ Ambulance Unit and nineteenth-century whistleblowers in mental healthcare, to 1940s BBC broadcasts about the brain – have two themes in common: medicine, ethics and conscience; and how medicine and science have been communicated and understood. Since 2013 she has been involved in developing public history projects, including a major six-month exhibition, and publications co-produced with volunteers. Her book, Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives (co-edited with Professor Jonathan Reinarz), was published by Routledge in 2015. Most recently, she was awarded a John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Research Fellowship (University of Manchester) and a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award by Liverpool University Press, and has guest edited (with Dr Leonard Smith) the ‘Communicating Mental Health’ June 2017 issue of the BMJ imprint, Medical Humanities.