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Professor of Health History, University of Huddersfield

Professor Barry Doyle studied for his BA and PhD at the University of East Anglia. He held teaching posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Durham and Edinburgh before moving to the University of Teesside where he was lecturer and Reader in History and subsequently Assistant Dean Research in the School of Social Sciences and Law. He moved to Huddersfield as Head of History, English, Languages and Media in 2008 and since 2013 has been Professor of Health History.

His teaching and research interests cover the political, social and economic history of urban Britain in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has a particular interest in the development of health care systems before welfare states in both the UK and Europe. He was closely involved in developing a project to archive the British Steel Teesside Collection which received over £400,000 in grants, while his health care research has received significant support from the Wellcome Trust.

Barry's research is concentrated in three areas: early twentieth century urban history, especially urban politics; the history of hospitals before the NHS; and the development of European welfare states. He has published extensively on middle-class politics and culture both in a local and national context, including articles in Historical Journal, English Historical Review and Historical Research. He has recently completed a project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, examining the politics and finance of hospital provision in Yorkshire prior to the NHS. In addition to articles in Medical History and Social History of Medicine he has recently completed a book for Chatto and Pickering’s Social History of Medicine Series entitled "The Politics of Hospital Provision in Early Twentieth Century Britain" (2014).


  • –present
    Professor of Health History, University of Huddersfield