Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare
Department: Social Science, Media and Journalism (History)
T: +44 141 331 8209
My research interests range broadly across 19th and 20th Century American and British history. In particular, my work has focused on occupational and environmental health, women’s health and public health as well as the history of the textile industries. Specific research topics have included occupational and environmental health in the British and American textile industries; gender and occupational health; the Church of Scotland as a provider of health and welfare; the health and healthcare of unmarried mothers; and the Queen’s Nurses. I am also working with the Yunus Centre on the history of social enterprise as a public health intervention and am a co-investigator on the MRC/ESRC Funded project evidencing social enterprise as a public health and wellbeing intervention.
I am currently working on a monograph examining when the working environment became important, using the textile industries of America and Britain as a case study. These were the industries when the issues of contagious diseases and occupational ill health intersected and were contested. The book is provisionally entitled: When air became important: A social history of the working environment in New England and Lancashire, c. 1860-1939. I am also completing a report on Mother and Baby Homes in Scotland during the 20th Century. I have been fortunate in that my recent research has received funding from the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, QNIS, while earlier research received funding from various small funders in Britain and America.
2015: ‘To ‘solve the darkest Social Problems of our time’: The Church of Scotland’s entry into the British matrix of health and welfare provision, c. 1880-1914’, in V. Crossman and S. Lucey, eds., Healthcare in Ireland and Britain, 1850-1970: Voluntary, Regional and Comparative Perspectives (London: Institute for Historical Research) ISBN: 978-1-909646-02-5): 181-98. • 2014: J. Greenlees, ed., Caring for the Poor in Twentieth Century Britain (Edinburgh: QNIS Press). ISBN: 978-0-9538268-2-7.
2014: with Alexandra Flucker, ‘From the castle to the cottage’: Queen’s Nurses and Health Inequalities in Scotland, c. 1955-1975’, in J. Greenlees, ed., Caring for the Poor in Twentieth Century Britain (Edinburgh: QNIS Press) ISBN: 978-0-9538268-2-7): 22-28.
2013: J. Greenlees and L. Bryder, eds, Western Maternity and Medicine, 1880-1990 (Pickering & Chatto: Social History of Medicine Series). ISBN: HB 978 1 84893 434 4
2013: ‘The peculiar and complex female problem’: The Church of Scotland and healthcare for unwed mothers, 1915-1948, in Greenlees and Bryder, ed., Western Maternity and Medicine, 47-64.
2013: with L. Bryder, ‘Western Maternity and Medicine: an Introduction’, in Greenlees and Bryder, ed., Western Maternity and Medicine, 1-12.
2013: “The dangers attending these conditions are evident”: Public Health and the Working Environment of Lancashire Textile Communities, c. 1870-1939, Social History of Medicine, 26, 4: 672-94.
2013: ‘‘For the convenience and comfort of the persons employed by them’: The Lowell Corporation Hospital, 1839-1930’, Medical History, 57, 1, 45-64.
2011: ‘Technological Change and Environmental Inequalities: The New England Textile Industry, 1880-1930’, in G. Massard-Guilbaud and R. Rodger, eds, Environmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives (White Horse Press) ISBN: 978-1874267614, 249-70.
2007: Female Labour Power: Women Workers’ Influence on Business Practices in the British and American Cotton Industries, c. 1790-1860 (Ashgate).
2007: ‘The Kiss of Death or a Flight of Fancy? Workers’ Health and the Press in the Campaign to Regulate Shuttle Kissing in the British Cotton Industry, c. 1900-1946’, with P. Dale and J. Melling, Social History, 32, 1, 54-75.
2005: ‘”Stop Kissing and Steaming!”’: Tuberculosis and the Occupational Health Movement, 1870-1918’, Urban History 32, 2, 223-46