HistoryHistory of science, technology and medicine

Our research on this theme is supported by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH), run jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Health historians at Strathclyde are also affiliated with the University’s Centre for Health Policy and new, cross-faculty, theme on Childhood & Young People’s Studies.

Our research team

Academic staff include:

Among the topics covered by Strathclyde historians in this area are:

  • drugs, addiction & the pharmaceutical industry
  • occupational health
  • mental health
  • food & nutrition
  • environmental health
  • health in the military & during conflict
  • international health organisations
  • childhood health

The geographical scope of these topics cover the UK, North America, Asia and Africa, primarily from the 19th century to the present.


Much of our research interests have been generously supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust, the AHRC and ESRC, including:

  • An Ounce of Prevention: A History of Social Psychiatry, 1939-Present (2014-2016) – AHRC Early Career Fellowship
  • International Health Organisations: A History for the Future (2014-2015) - AHRC Networking Grant
  • Disability and Industrialisation: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948 (2012-2014) – Wellcome Trust

Recent publications

Among the recent publications of our academic staff are:

Our work with business & organisations

Given the relevance of the history of science, technology and medicine to contemporary debates, Strathclyde historians have been active in public engagement. Some of these initiatives include:

  • broadcasting
  • public lectures & presentations
  • education - Curriculum for Excellence project for Scottish schools
  • public events