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Professor of History and Public Policy, University of Cambridge

History and Public Policy, especially in relation to comparative demographic, social and economic change. Current research includes the study of qualitative and quantitative sources on the history of fertility decline in Britain, including a new project on the venereal diseases and fertility decline; the history of mortality public health and politics; and the comparative history of identity registration systems in world history. I am a long-term honorary research associate of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure; and currently with several colleagues in the Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Classics and Physiology, I am an award-holder of the 5-year Wellcome Strategic Award, 2009-14, to the University of Cambridge on the Theme of 'Generation to Reproduction', which has a number of funded doctoral scholarships attached to it.
Research Supervision

Modern Social, Family, Gender and Demographic History and Policy. Completed PhD students have worked recently on: Male Legislators and Women's Rights in Britain 1866-86; the Family and Health Policy in Bulgaria, 1918-44; The role of Residents’ and Housing Associations in the Portuguese Revolution 1974-5, The reception of Yoga and Ayurveda in Twentieth-century Britain; A comparative local study of parent-child relations in England c.1850-1910; British government dietary policy and the influence of pressure groups c.1970-90; Disinfection in Victorian cities c.1850-1914; Borders and identity registration systems in South Africa and the Indian Ocean c.1890-1920; ‘The Development and dissemination of venereological knowledge in England, 1886-1913'.


  • –present
    Professor of History and Public Policy, University of Cambridge