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Prof Bernard Harris

Head Of School

School of 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.

Publications

Social policy by other means? Mutual aid and the origins of the modern welfare state in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Harris Bernard
Journal of Policy History Vol 30, pp. 202-235, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0898030618000052
Climate effects and stature since 1800
Galofre-Vila Gregori, Guntupalli Aravinda, Harris Bernard, Hinde Andrew
Social Science History, (2018)
The social historian's view
Harris Bernard
Perspectives of a Comparative History of Insurance Law in EuropeComparative Studies in the History of Insurance Law/Studien zur vergleichenden Geschichte des Versicherungsrechts Vol 1, (2018)
Not 'radical', but not 'kailyard' either : the Paisley Community Development Project reconsidered
Crow Graham, Rawcliffe Sue, Harris Bernard
Community Development Journal, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsx059
Health and historical demography
Harris Bernard
Upside and down and inside outUpside and down and inside out, (2016)
Nineteenth century beginnings
Harris Bernard
The Student's Companion to Social PolicyThe Student's Companion to Social Policy, (2016)

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Research interests

I am currently working on a number of different topics, including the following:

  • The availability of food in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Wales
  • The history of voluntary associations
  • A collection of essays on the relationship between height, health, mortality and the standard of living
  • The impact of sanitary intervention on mortality decline (with Andrew Hinde, University of Southampton)
  • A new edition of British Historical Statistics (with Roger Middleton, University of Bristol; Ian Gazeley, University of Sussex; and Nigel Goose, University of Hertfordshire).

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

Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Rawcliffe, Sue
Harris, Bernard (Principal Investigator) Rawcliffe, Sue (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2017
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)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Apr-2017

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Address

School of Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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