Professor Bernard Harris
Professor of Social Policy
I have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Birkbeck College, London. I was awarded a PhD for a thesis entitled ‘Medical inspection and the nutrition of schoolchildren in Britain, 1908-50’ in 1989. I spent four years as a Temporary Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Bristol before moving to the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Southampton University in 1991. I took up my current post, as Professor of Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, in 2013.
Research and Teaching Interests
I have undertaken research and published in a range of areas of relevant to medical humanities, including the history of school medical provision, anthropometric history, and the history of both morbidity and mortality. I have recently been awarded a grant by the Wellcome Trust to undertake research into the relationship between charity and health care in Britain since the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948. This is a collaborative award with John Mohan (University of Birmingham), Ellen Stewart (University of Edinburgh) and Martin Gorsky (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).