Steering Group

The Network is guided by a Steering Group composed of representatives from across the city’s Higher Education Institutions and Collections. The Steering Group meets four times per year, circulating around: Glasgow University Main Campus; Glasgow University Crichton Campus, Dumfries; Glasgow Caledonian University; Strathclyde University.

Dr Helen Charman is an ECR Affiliate in the School of Critical Studies. Her doctoral research examined the representation of transactional maternal sacrifice in nineteenth-century social realist fiction and her current project is on the relationship between reproductive policy and avant-garde poetry in Britain, 1973 to the present day. Her book, Mother State, is forthcoming from Allen Lane in 2022. She teaches at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, and is a Teaching Fellow at Durham University.

Dr Megan Coyer is Senior Lecturer in English Literature within the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow. She is a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and medical culture, with a particular interest in the Scottish context. Her first monograph, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858 (2017) was supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship. She is Deputy Director of the Medical Humanities Research Centre, and in 2018 was inaugurated into the RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland.

Dr Angus Ferguson is a Lecturer in Economic and Social History within the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. His research examines the evolving understandings of, and approaches to, medical confidentiality and privacy since the late 18th century. Other research interests include the history of infant health, medical ethics and the interaction of law and medicine. See:

Dr Janet Greenlees is a Reader in Health History at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests cover 19th and 20th Century American and British Health History. In particular, she is interested in maternal health and welfare, environments and health and public health in both countries. Having recently completed a monograph on When the Air became Important (Rutgers UP, 2019), she is currently working on a history of low income women’s engagement with prenatal provision in America and Britain. My GCU webpage is:  My CSHHH webpage is: 

Dr Laura Kelly is senior lecturer in the history of health and medicine at the University of Strathclyde and co-director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH). Her research broadly focuses on the social history of medicine in modern Ireland and she has published two monographs on the history of medical education and the medical profession in Ireland. Her most recent project, Contraception and modern Ireland, c.1922-92, is funded by a Wellcome Trust research fellowship.

Dr Marian Krawczyk is a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at The University of Glasgow, in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a medical anthropologist, and my research focuses on diverse aspects of end of life, and end of life care. Currently she is working on projects related to the rise of End of Life Doulas, the relationship between the microbiome and experiences of suffering in advanced life-limiting illness, the history of ethnographic research on end of life hospital care, and comparative analysis of advance care planning documents in Japan and Scotland. She is also a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. You can find out more about her and her research here:

Ross McGregor is the Deputy Head of Heritage, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is a heritage professional working across library, archive and museum collections. I’m interested in the potential for medical heritage collections to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research and public engagement. Areas of interest and current work include the role of heritage in institutional identity and positioning, digital visualisation and enhanced access to collections, and linking creative practice (literature, visual arts, film-making) with medical collections. See:

Dr Gavin Miller is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, where he directs the Medical Humanities Research Centre, and also the Glasgow Medical Humanities Network. His research areas include: history of religion and psychotherapy in Scotland; science fiction and psychology; cultural psychiatry; book history and the psydisciplines.

Moira Rankin is Senior Archivist at the University of Glasgow Library. She has worked with the University since 1995 and has been involved in a number of Wellcome Trust Research Resources Projects, most recently on the Alec Haddow Zika research papers. See: For my contact information see: For general information about the university’s collections see:

Dr Elsa Richardson holds a Chancellor’s Fellowship in the History of Health and Wellbeing at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) at the University of Strathclyde. Her current research examines histories of nutrition, vegetarianism, other alternative dietary cultures, mental stress and gastric disorders in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain.

Dr Fraser Rowan is the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager for the College of Arts, University of Glasgow. He has responsibility for delivering the College’s impact submission for REF 2021, as well as ensuring ongoing development of the College’s impact pipeline. To deliver this, Fraser works with academics to assist them at the earliest stages of development planning for their research, right through to the development of impact case studies. For my contact information see:

Matthew Walters is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Glasgow. His clinical work is undertaken within the Acute Stroke Unit of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In the recent past he has served as the director of the Scottish Stroke Research Network and as lead physician for cerebrovascular medicine in West Glasgow. He serves on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, as a trustee of the UK Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and on the editorial boards of a number of clinical journals. His research interests involve clinical trials in cerebrovascular disease and he is widely published in this field.,researchinterests,publications,grants

Joseph Wood is an English Literature Postgraduate Researcher based across the Schools of Critical and Interdisciplinary Studies. My PhD project examines the conceptual background to the concept of ‘total pain’ as used by the hospice pioneer Cicely Saunders. I am a member of Glasgow End of Life Studies Group and co-organise the Glasgow ECR Medical Humanities Group.