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Holborn workhouse

Inmates of Holborn workhouse, workhouses.org.uk©


Browse a list of PhD theses about the history of welfare and the list of university teachers who teach this topic. Completed theses are available from the University library of the institution where the thesis was submitted.

History Online provides information on current and past research in the United Kingdom. It also lists the research interests of UK history teachers. Search History Online for further details of current and past research and for details of the research interests of history teachers.


Poverty and philanthropy in East London, 1918-1959: the university settlements and the urban working classes
Katharine Bradley
Supervised by: Professor Patricia M. Thane
London Ph.D. Awarded 2006

Enabling the Great War: ex-servicemen, the mixed economy of welfare and the social construction of disability 1899-1930
Meaghan Kowalsky
Supervised by: Professor Andrew S. Thompson
Leeds Ph.D. Awarded 2007

Housing the working classes of Reading 1837-9
Margaret Simons
Supervised by: Dr. David Stack
Reading Ph.D. Awarded 2007

Sanitary ladies and friendly visitors: women public health officers in London, c.1890-1960
Jennifer Haynes
Supervised by: Dr. Susan Williams and Professor Gary McCulloch
London: Institute of Education Ph.D. Awarded 2006

Homes for heroes: housing legislation and its effect on working-class housing in rural Norfolk, 1918-39
Barbara Linsley
Supervised by: Professor Richard G. Wilson
East Anglia Ph.D. Awarded 2006

Famine, disease and women's health in Madras.
Leela Sami
Supervised by: Professor Anne Hardy and Dr. Alex Mackay
London Ph.D. Awarded 2006

An analysis of slave abolitionists in the north-west of England

Brian Howman
Supervised by: Professor Gad J. Heuman and Dr. Sarah Richardson
Warwick Ph.D. Awarded 2006

Artisans and the city: a social history of Bristol's shoemakers and tailors, 1770-1880.

Julian P. Davies
Supervised by: Dr. Kirsty M. Reid
Bristol Ph.D. Awarded 2003

The West looks at Constantinople: the idea of the city as renewal and utopia in selected medieval French and Franco-Italian texts.

R.M. Devereaux
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 2003

Urbanisation, the development of the brewing industry and the proliferation of English town pubs in the 19th century, with special reference to Norwich, Norfolk.

Robert E.K. Donovan
Supervised by: Professor Richard G. Wilson
East Anglia Ph.D. Awarded 2003

Development and change in municipal ideology and practice: the role and experience of urban district councils to 1940 with special reference to County Durham.

W.R.R. Hamilton
Supervised by: Dr. David Taylor and Professor Keith Laybourn
Huddersfield M.Phil. Awarded 2003

'... of inestimable value to the town and district'? A study of the urban middle classes in south Wales, with particular reference to Pontypool, Bridgend and Penarth, c.1850-1890.

Julie Light
Supervised by: Professor David W. Howell
Wales Ph.D. Awarded 2003

The city of Troia and its territory, c.1020-c.1220.

Paul Oldfield
Supervised by: Dr. Graham A. Loud
Leeds M.A. Awarded 2003

The archaeology of Ramla: a medieval Islamic city.

Andrew Petersen
Supervised by: Professor R. Denys Pringle
Wales Ph.D. Awarded 2003

City and country in Pisidia from classical antiquity to the middle ages: Ariassos, Sia and their territories.

T.H. Robinson
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 2003

Food in the city: an interdisciplinary study of the ideological and symbolic uses of food in the urban environment in later medieval England.

Sharon Wells
York Ph.D. Awarded 2003

Mental health care in the 19th and 20th centuries
Emma C. Halliday
Supervised by: Dr. Jacqueline L.M. Jenkinson
Stirling Ph.D. 2003

The rise and fall of the multi-storey ideal: public sector high-rise housing in Britain, 1945-2002, with special reference to Birmingham
Phillip Jones
Supervised by: Professor Jeremy W.R. Whitehand
Birmingham Ph.D. Awarded 2003

An experiential investigation of working-class women's perceptions as users, providers and mediators of health care, 1948-79
Julie Matthews
Supervised by: Ms. Catherine E. Lubelska and Dr. Wendy Webster
Central Lancashire M.A. Awarded 2003

Industrial welfare and recreation at Boots Pure Drug Company, 1883-1945
Simon Phillips
Supervised by: Dr. Colin P. Griffin and Dr. Nick Hayes
Nottingham Trent Ph.D. Awarded 2003

Negotiating the boundaries: mothering and the maternity and child welfare services, 1945-60
Louise Tracey
Supervised by: Dr. Katrina Honeyman and Professor Steven W. Tolliday
Leeds Ph.D. Awarded 2003

Plague of poverty: the World Health Organization, tuberculosis and international development, c.1945-1980
S.S. Amrith
Supervised by: Ms. Emma Rothschild
Cambridge M.Phil. Awarded 2002

Race, mental health and social control in colonial Kenya, 1900-52
Gail C. Beuschel
Supervised by: Dr. David M. Anderson
London Ph.D. Awarded 2002

Inequality in 19th-century welfare provision: a study of access to and quality of institutional medical care for the elderly in England
Claudia Edwards
Supervised by: Professor Paul A. Johnson
London Ph.D. Awarded 2002

Educational welfare policy and opportunity for working-class children, 1919-39: a study of Preston and district
David Hughes
Supervised by: Professors Ian Levitt and Christine Kinealy
Central Lancashire M.Phil. Awarded 2002

The welfare and employment of women during the colonisation of Georgia in the late 18th century
B.J. Marsh
Supervised by: Dr. Richard M. Smith
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 2002

The meaning of community in National Socialist ideology and welfare provision
Ian Miller
Supervised by: Dr. Conan J. Fischer
Strathclyde M.Phil. Awarded 2002

Health and welfare of mothers and infants: Worcestershire, 1890-1948
Judith Porter
Supervised by: Dr. Dilwyn Porter and Dr. Hilary Marland
Coventry M.Phil. Awarded 2002

Between city and country: the cultural background, character and function of Gallo-Roman urban peripheries.

P.J. Goodman
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 2002

Captive city, captive audience: the Kefauver hearings and representations of the Hollywood gangster.

Nerys Young
Supervised by: Dr. Kathleen McCracken
Ulster Ph.D. Awarded 2002

West Indian nurses and the National Health Service in Britain, 1950-68
Linda Ali
Supervised by: Dr. John Howard
York M.A. Awarded 2001

Catherine Bauer, 1928-35: from modernism and housing to action
Taina M. Rikala
Supervised by: Dr. Nicholas O.A. Bullock
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 2000

Who cared? A study of the provision of nursing care and welfare for sick and wounded soldiers and their families during the civil wars and Interregnum, 1642-60
Eric E. Gruber von Arni
Supervised by: Dr. James H. Thomas
Portsmouth Ph.D. Awarded 1999

Historicizing the urban nation: discussions about the role of the urban world in the history of imperial Germany, c.1870-c.1900.

Maike Bohn
Supervised by: Professor Michael F. John
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 1999

Worcester and Gloucester: a comparative study of urban expansion in two provincial cities between 1870 and 1939.

Janet Dunleavey
Supervised by: Dr. Terry R. Slater
Birmingham Ph.D. Awarded 1999

Furnishing a city: design and production of furniture in 19th-century Sheffield.

Julie Goddard
Supervised by: Mr. Roger Lloyd-Jones
Sheffield Hallam Ph.D. Awarded 1999

Urban growth, apartheid and social organisation in Cape Town, 1939-55.

Kevin M. Greenbank
Supervised by: Dr. John M. Lonsdale
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 1999

Urban communities and the Crown: relations between Bristol, York and the royal government, 1350-1400.

Christian D. Liddy
Supervised by: Professor W. Mark Ormrod
York D.Phil. Awarded 1999

The transformation of urban Liberalism: Liberal politics in Leicester and Manchester, 1885-95.

James R. Moore
Supervised by: Dr. Peter C. Lowe
Manchester Ph.D. Awarded 1999

Politics, image-making and urban space: representations of Florence in the art of Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Caspar Pearson
Supervised by: Mr. David E. Hemsoll
Birmingham M.Phil. Awarded 1999

'La Citoyenne Bien Renseignée': Women, The Newspaper Press and Urban Literary Culture in Paris, Rennes and Lyon 1780-1800

Victoria Rowan
Supervised by: Professor Gwynne Lewis
Warwick Ph.D. Awarded 1999

The transformation of domesticity as an ideology: Calcutta, 1880-1947.

Sudeshna Banerjee
Supervised by: Professor David J. Arnold
London Ph.D. Awarded 1997

Real Liberals and Conservatives in the City of London, 1848-86.

Peter M. Claus
Supervised by: Mr. A. William Purdue and Mr. John M. Golby
Open University Ph.D. Awarded 1997

Religious life and urban society in colonial Mexico: the nuns and beatas of Querétaro, 1674-1810.

Negin Gunnarsdottir
Supervised by: Dr. David A. Brading
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 1997

Indian elites, urban space and the restructuring of Ahmedabad city, 1890-1947.

Siddhartha Raychauduri
Supervised by: Professor Christopher A. Bayly
Cambridge Ph.D. Awarded 1997

The reform of urban policing in Victorian England: a case-study of Kingston-upon-Hull, 1835-60.

David R. Welsh
Supervised by: Mr. Keith H. Nield
Hull Ph.D. Awarded 1997

Tourism and the image of success: an essay on its developmental role within the post-industrial city, with special reference to Hull.

Craig Brooks
Supervised by: Ms. Janet M. Blackman
Hull M.Phil. Awarded 1996

A city in change: Aberdeen in the 1880s.

Thomas Jamieson
Supervised by: Mr. Donald J. Withrington
Aberdeen M.Litt. Awarded 1996

Social networks and urban space: the social organisation of Leicester, c.1550-1640.

Yoh Kawana
Supervised by: Professor Peter A. Clark
Leicester Ph.D. Awarded 1996

European urbanism in Caracas, 1870s-1930s.

Arturo Almandoz Marte
Open University Ph.D. Awarded 1996

The city in space and time: development of the urban form and space of Suzhou until 1911.

Yinong Xu
Edinburgh Ph.D. Awarded 1996

The city of contrasts: perceptions and realities in Canton in the 1920s and 1930s.

V. K. Ho
Supervised by: Dr. J. Mark D. Elvin
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 1995

Liberalism and the city: the case of Frankfurt am Main, 1866-1914.

Jan C. Palmowski
Supervised by: Professors H. Colin G. Matthew and Michael F. John
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 1995

Victorian suburbanisation of Glasgow, 1830s-1910s.

Tommy Tang
Strathclyde Ph.D. Awarded 1995

Urban culture in Rouen, 1500-1640.

Dylan T. Reid
Supervised by: Mr. Robin Briggs
Oxford D.Phil. Awarded 1995

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Christopher G. Abel
Research: Comparative health care/social policy; Colombia & Hispanic Caribbean politics & society
London: University College (Dept. of History)

Caroline H. Arscott

Research interests: British art & society in Victorian period, esp. urbanism & images of the city
London: Courtauld Institute of Art (Dept. of History of Art)

Virginia S. Berridge
Research: 20th c. health policy; AIDS, drugs, smoking, alcohol
London: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Peter Borsay

Research interests: British urban & cultural history 1660-1949; history of Bath 1700-2000; history of leisure in Britain since 1500; history of spas & seaside resorts; history of heritage
Aberystwyth (Dept. of History & Welsh History)

Kate Bradley
Research: 19th-20th c. social welfare & policy; history of childhood & youth; crime & punishment
Kent at Canterbury (School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research)

James R. Brennan

Research interests: Urban history of Dar es Salaam; post-colonial east Africa
London: School of Oriental and African Studies (Dept. of History)

John P.F. Broad
Research: Rural society: poverty, housing & agriculture
London Metropolitan (Department of Humanities, Arts & Languages)

Louise Campbell

Research interests: The design of cities; artists' studios
Warwick (Dept. of History of Art)

Sandra Cavallo
Research: Early modern Italy: welfare, health care, family & social ties
London: Royal Holloway University of London (Dept. of History)

Steven Cherry
Research: Medical services & hospitals; labour movement; welfare
East Anglia (School of History)

Carl S.A. Chinn

Research interests: Urban working-class history; manufacturing history; ethnic minorities; towns & cities; Birmingham & Black Country history
Birmingham (School of Historical Studies)

Elizabeth J. Clapp
Research: Women & social welfare reforms in progressive era America
Leicester (School of Historical Studies)

Pamela M. Cox
Research: Crime; public policy; welfare states; gender; youth culture; governmentality; cultural & social history
Essex (Dept. of History)

Pamela L. Dale
Research: Implementing the Mental Deficiency Acts; health visiting 1900-74
Exeter (Centre for Medical History)

Gareth B. Davies
Research: Social policies & political crisis of the U.S. during the 1960s; comparative development of social policy in Canada & the United States; the foundation of the New Deal welfare state; American education policy, 1965-1980
Oxford (St. Anne's College)

Richard Dennis

Research interests: 'Modernity' of cities in the late 19th & early 20th c.
London: University College (Dept. of Geography)

John Doran

Research interests: The Papacy in the 12th & 13th c.; the city of Rome in the Middle Ages
Chester (Dept. of History & Archaeology)

Barry M. Doyle

Research interests: Early 20th c. middle-class politics; urban change 1880-1950
Teesside (History Subject Group)

Shane Ewen

Research interests: Social & cultural history; British urban history; municipal history; transnational history
Leeds Metropolitan (School of Cultural Studies)

Nelida Fuccaro

Research interests: Urban history of Bahrain & other Gulf & Indian Ocean towns
London: School of Oriental and African Studies (Dept. of History)

Martin Gorsky
Research: Voluntary hospitals; mutual health insurance
London: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Ralph A. Griffiths

Research interests: English Crown, its provinces & dominions 1300-1550; Welsh urban history
Swansea (Dept. of History)

Simon Gunn

Research interests: English industrial cities c.1800-1980; history & cultural theory
Leicester (School of Historical Studies)

Andrew Hann

Research interests: History of retailing & consumption; urban history; local & community history; quantitative methods
Greenwich (School of Humanities)

Anne Hardy
Research: History of public health & preventive medicine; history of disease & epidemiology in 19th & 20th c.
London: University College (Wellcome Institute)

Martin Hewitt

Research interests: Public lecturing; cities & culture in 19th c.
Trinity and All Saints (Dept. of History)

Steve Hindle
Research: Poverty, charity & social welfare; social relations in the rural parish
Warwick (Dept. of History)

Jacqueline L.M. Jenkinson
Research: Scottish health policy 1900-48; black British history in 19th-20th c.; immigration to Britain in 19th & 20th c.
Stirling (Dept. of History)

Leif W. Jerram

Research interests: Social & cultural history of cities; the built environment & the experience of city life, with a focus on Germany & Austria
Manchester (Dept. of History)

Ronald Johnston
Research: History of occupational health in the U.K.; history of Scottish capitalism; development of British social welfare
Glasgow Caledonian (School of Law & Social Sciences: History)

Prashant Kidambi

Research interests: Social & urban history of south Asia
Leicester (School of Historical Studies)

S. Jay Kleinberg
Research: Women; families; social welfare
Brunel University (Dept. of American Studies & History)

Keith Laybourn
Research: Labour history; philanthropy; welfare state & social policy
Huddersfield (Division of History)

W. Robert Lee

Research interests: Population & society in 19th c. European port cities
Liverpool (School of History)

Christian D. Liddy

Research interests: Cities, English government & politics 13th-15th c.
Durham (Dept. of History)

Francesca Locatelli

Research interests: Urban cultures; migration & diaspora; crime; gender relations
Edinburgh (History)

Rodney Lowe
Research: British & comparative welfare policy since 1942
Bristol (Dept. of Historical Studies)

Julie Esther Marfany
Research: European & British economic & social history, esp. population, family, industrialisation, poverty & welfare
Cambridge (Homerton College)

Moira Martin
Research: Social welfare policy in Britain 19th & 20th c.
West of England, Bristol (School of History)

Helen E. Meller

Research interests: Social & cultural history of European cities 1890-1990
Nottingham (School of History & Art History)

Julia F. Merritt

Research interests: Social, religious & urban history of early modern England, esp. London
Nottingham (School of History & Art History)

Gisela Mettele

Research interests: Garden cities; suburbia; gender history; urban middle classes; cities & suburbs in movies
Leicester (School of Historical Studies)

David M. Palliser

Research interests: English urban history c.600-1540
Leeds (School of History)

George C. Peden
Research: Keynesian economics & policy; British defence policy c.1905-70; British welfare state
Stirling (Dept. of History)

Linda Polley

Research interests: Urban & suburban architectural history 19th-20th c.
Teesside (Design History Group)

Sarah R. Rees Jones

Research interests: Medieval urban history
York (Dept. of History)

Axel R. Schõfer
Research: Cultural history of the welfare state
Keele (Dept. of American Studies)

Leonard D. Schwarz

Research interests: English social & urban history, mid 17th c.-mid 19th c.; London, 1660-1850; poverty in England, 1660-1870
Birmingham (School of Historical Studies)

Katie Scott

Research interests: City as sign of polite culture in 18th c. France; 17th-18th c. French architecture: decoration
London: Courtauld Institute of Art (Dept. of History of Art)

Alan G.V. Simmonds
Research: 20th c. government policy in Britain; British society during the First World War; social & political context of welfare policy in post-war Britain
Hull (Dept. of History)

Richard M. Smith
Research: Determinants of longevity and the demographic correlates of welfare systems
Cambridge (Downing College, Cambridge Group for the Hist. of Population and Soc. Structure)

John Stewart
Research: Comparative welfare states; history of child guidance; history of municipal health services; social welfare in modern Scotland
Glasgow Caledonian (School of Law & Social Sciences: History)

John W. Stewart
Research: History of social welfare
Oxford Brookes (School of Arts & Humanities)

Rosemary H. Sweet

Research interests: 18th c. urban history
Leicester (School of Historical Studies)

Patricia M. Thane
Research: 19th–20th c. social, cultural, economic & political aspects of social welfare; social relationships; gender history; labour history; interconnections between these themes
London (Institute of Historical Research)

Weipin Tsai

Research interests: Chinese modern history; Shanghai city history
Bristol (Dept. of Historical Studies)

David Waller
Research: Employment training & welfare reforms in U.S.
Northampton (Division of American Studies)

John K. Walton

Research interests: Comparative urban history, Britain & Spain
Central Lancashire (Dept. of Historical & Critical Studies)

Ann Waswo
Research: Housing & housing policy in post-war Japan
Oxford (St. Antony's College)

Katherine E. Watson
Research: Late 19th & early 20th c. British economic history; the finance of industry; welfare history
Birmingham (School of Historical Studies)

John Welshman
Research: Health care & social policy in 20th c. Britain
Lancaster (Institute for Health Research)

James A. Yelling

Research interests: Slums, redevelopment & urban renewal
London: Birkbeck College (Dept. of Geography)

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