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Research overview


My core research at the moment is connected with a REF Impact Case Study called 'Promoting Mental Health Through the Lessons of History'. This project draws upon and informs my ongoing research into the history of psychiatry in Britain and Ireland since 1500. It comprises podcasts, social media, and photo exhibitions, with accompanying talks for the general public, service users, service providers such as psychiatrists, and specific demographics such as prisoners.


Research interests

Social history of medicine

History of psychiatry

History of literacy and education in early modern Europe

Scottish history

British social and cultural history

British legal history

Population studies (historical)

Other expertise

Scottish culture and identity. Scottish tourism.

Future research

History of Psychiatry in Britain and Ireland since 1500.

Industrial relevance

History of medicine and psychiatry provides essential context for modern policy making about the care and welfare of those with mental problems. More broadly, an accurate idea of understandings and practices around mental disorder in the past can help to contextualise modern medicine and social attitudes, enhancing awareness and empathy, reducing stigma, and promoting resilience.

Academic/Professional Qualification

MA, University of St Andrews; PhD, University of Cambridge

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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