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Dr Emma Newlands

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow


Personal statement

I am a lecturer in Modern British History, with particular interests in war, medicine and military culture. In 2013 I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship for a study of health and medicine in the British Armed Forces, 1945-2000.




Blessures et pathologies. Médecine et chirurgie
Newlands Emma
Encyclopedie de la Seconde Guerre MondialeEncyclopedie de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, (2015)
Civilians into Soldiers : War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-45
Newlands Emma
Cultural History of Modern War, (2014)
'They even gave us oranges on one occasion' : human experimentation in the British Army during the Second World War
Newlands Emma
War and Society Vol 32, pp. 19-63, (2013)
Preparing and resisting the war body : training in the British Army
Newlands Emma
War and the BodyWar, Politics and Experience, (2012)

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I currently teach on the following undergraduate courses:

  • Disease and Society: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • Dangerous Drugs and Magic Bullets: the Social History of Medicines in Modernity
  • Basic British History: From 1700 to the Present Day
  • Medicine and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
  • Madness and Society from Ancient Times to the Present

I also run the MSc module Medicine and Warfare, 1800-2000

Research interests

I am interested in military health and physical culture in the twentieth century, particularly  the ways in which the British Armed Forces have prepared civilian men for military service through bodily regimes. I  also conduct research on the medical and scientific experiments that have been carried out on military personnel since 1939. My first monograph, Civilians into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945, will be published by Manchester University Press in August 2014. I am currently working on a project on health in the British Armed Forces in the postwar era. This will involve conducting oral history interviews with ex-service personnel to understand how they have engaged with and resisted military healthcare regimes.

I am also involved in a knowledge exchange project to deliver history of health and medicine material as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools. This project, funded by the University of Strathclyde, brings together the CSHHH Glasgow, Learning Teaching Scotland, the Wellcome Trust Library, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


Masculinity and sexuality among facially disfigured servicemen during and after the Second World War
Newlands, Emma (Principal Investigator)
Wellcome Trust: £21,200
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2017
Age of Fear: An Oral History of the Cold War in Britain, 1945-1965 | Douthwaite, Jessica
McIvor, Arthur (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator) Douthwaite, Jessica (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Apr-2018
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Walker, Simon Harold
Mills, James (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator) Walker, Simon Harold (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 11-May-2018
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Cavin, Christopher Ryan Pearse
Mills, James (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator) Cavin, Christopher Ryan Pearse (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2017
Age of Fear: An Oral History of the Cold War in Britain, 1945-1965
McIvor, Arthur (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2017
MUSE: Models of University and Schools Engagement
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Angus, Michael (Academic) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Academic) Haw, Mark (Academic) Jamieson, Jonathan (Academic) Leckie, Joy Susan (Academic) Marlow, Marion (Academic) McIvor, Arthur (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) McMichan, Lauren (Academic) Newlands, Emma (Academic) Pratt, Judith (Academic) Ross, Kirsty (Academic) Thomson, David (Academic) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Nash, David (Co-investigator) Wilson, Alastair (Co-investigator)
This project aims to explore how substance misuse affects the brain and how this leads to changes in mood and behaviour. It will synergise with and enhance the Health and Wellbeing curriculum area of the Curriculum for Excellence. In the first year of this project, a multidisciplinary team of Strathclyde researchers led by Professor Judith Pratt have established a link with a secondary school and its associated feeder school. It is envisaged that this vertically integrated approach will contribute to supporting the transition between primary and secondary school and enable the secondary pupils to become mentors for the primary pupils. In discussion with teachers the specific drugs for the project have been established based upon their impact on society and legal status; alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Senior pupils (S3) have been selected based upon the criteria that they would benefit most from being introduced to the value of research as a knowledge building tool. To date the team of an early career researcher and established researchers have led on an interactive workshop with the primary (P7) and S3 pupils to discuss how drugs affect brain function, mood and behaviour. Pupils have also been introduced to the concept of how drugs may highjack the brain reward system which may lead to addiction. Armed with this information, pupils have been provided with research weblinks by Strathclyde researchers. Pupils will work in teams to further research a particular drug and produce a poster of their findings with guidance from Strathclyde researchers and teachers. Additionally S3 pupil will visit the Strathclyde Fabrication lab to produce models of the brain. Pupils will present their findings to parents and the wider school community at Strathclyde campus events.
Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Dec-2016

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