Professor Bernard Harris

Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)

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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.

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Prize And Awards

International Conference on the History of Insurance in a Global Perspective Best Paper Award
Recipient
22/7/2022
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.

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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

History of the NHS
Recipient
23/8/2023
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

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Projects

Border Crossings: Charity and voluntarism in Britain's mixed economy of health care since 1948
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
Border Crossings: Charity and voluntarism in Britain's mixed economy of health care since 1948
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
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
Equally Safe in Higher and Further Education
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) McCarry, Melanie (Co-investigator) McGoldrick, Roisin (Co-investigator) Pilkington, Kevin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
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 - 16-Jan-2020

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Professor Bernard Harris
Social Work and Social Policy (Subject)

Email: bernard.harris@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8646

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