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.




2010, PhD History, Univeristy of Strathclyde

2004, MPhil Social History, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde

2003, BA Hons (First Class), University of Stirling


The body and becoming a soldier in Britain during the Second World War
Newlands Emma
Manpower (2019) (2019)
Blessures et pathologies. Médecine et chirurgie
Newlands Emma
Encyclopedie de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (2015) (2015)
Civilians into Soldiers : War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-45
Newlands Emma
Cultural History of Modern War 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 Body (2012) (2012)

More publications


I currently teach on the following undergraduate courses:

  • War and Society in the Twentieth Century
  • 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
  • Bringinf out the Bodies in History
  • Madness and Society from Ancient Times to the Present
  • For the Benefit of Mankind: Human experiments in history
  • Men at War, 1914-45

I also run the MSc modules Medicine and Warfare, 1800-2000 and The Working Man in Modern Britain

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.


An Oral History of Contraception and Abortion in Scotland c. 1960-2000 (Kristin Hay)
Kelly, Laura (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Agency, Activism and Identity: A Cross-National Comparison of Disfigured Soldiers of the First World War
Newlands, Emma (Principal Investigator)
Wellcome Trust £21,800 (Mary McGreechin)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Masculinity and sexuality among facially disfigured servicemen during and after the Second World War
Newlands, Emma (Principal Investigator)
Wellcome Trust: £21,200
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2017
Age of Fear: An Oral History of the Cold War in Britain, 1945-1965
McIvor, Arthur (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2017
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Walker, Simon Harold
Mills, James (Principal Investigator) Newlands, Emma (Co-investigator) Walker, Simon Harold (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 11-Jan-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)
01-Jan-2014 - 09-Jan-2018

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