Professor Bernard Harris

Social Work and Social Policy

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.

Prizes and awards

Fellow of the Acdemy of Social Sciences
Recipient
20/10/2016
PROSE Award for Excellence in Economics (2011)
Recipient
2011

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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.

Publications

Growth before birth : the relationship between placental weights and infant and maternal health in early-twentieth century Barcelona
Harris Bernard, Galofre-Vila Gregori
Economic History Review (2020)
Not 'radical', but not 'kailyard' either : the Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered
Crow Graham, Rawcliffe Sue, Harris Bernard
Community Development Journal Vol 54, pp. 501-518 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsx059
Urban sanitation and the decline of mortality
Harris Bernard, Helgertz Jonas
The History of the Family Vol 24, pp. 207-226 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/1081602X.2019.1605923
Parsimony and pauperism : poor relief in England, Scotland and Wales in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries
Harris Bernard
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies Vol 39, pp. 40-74 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.3366/jshs.2019.0260
The development of social policy, 1800-1945
Harris Bernard
Social policy (2019) (2019)
Mortality decline by cause in urban and rural England and Wales, 1851-1910
Hinde Andrew, Harris Bernard
The History of the Family Vol 24, pp. 377-403 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/1081602X.2019.1598463

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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

Professional activities

Sanitary investment and the decline of mortality in England and Wales, 1817-1914
Speaker
21/2/2018
Evaluation Panel, Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu, Finland (Event)
Advisor
25/10/2017
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Speaker
11/7/2017
HEDG Workshop on Public interventions, health and population in history and 8th Annual Workshop on Growth, History and Development
Keynote/plenary speaker
15/6/2017
PhD viva
Examiner
26/5/2017
Queen's University, Belfast, Economic History Seminar
Invited speaker
23/3/2017

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Projects

Gender and morbidity: Individual sickness trajectories of women and men in Sweden during the first half of the 20th century (supported by the Swedish Research Council)
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Rawcliffe, Sue
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Rawcliffe, Sue (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 16-Jan-2019
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Robbin, Melvina Rachael Valrete
MacIntyre, Gillian (Principal Investigator) Harris, Bernard (Co-investigator) Robbin, Melvina Rachael Valrete (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 01-Jan-2017

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Address

Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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