Population, Health and Histories
The Population, Health & Histories thematic group has research interests that span a range of topics in contemporary and historical demography, social geography, and cultural and historical geography. Populations and settings studied include historical and contemporary population in the British Isles; contemporary European populations; colonial Melanesia and postcolonial South Africa. Members of the group employ a range of methodological and theoretical approaches but a common theme is investigation of the impact of the social, political and economic environment on health and well-being. Crime, sexuality, and food security are among the current focus of activities as well as health and mortality, and demographic change themes.
The Population, Health and Histories thematic group consists of the following members:
|Professor Tim Bayliss-Smith||Geography and epidemiology of the depopulation of Island Melanesia, especially Solomon Islands in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.|
|Dr David Beckingham||The regulation of alcohol and intemperance in Victorian British cities, especially Liverpool. Geography of the temperance movement at home and abroad.|
|Professor Andrew Cliff||Spatial epidemiology: the disease patterns and processes arising from humanitarian crises and population displacements since the beginning of the twentieth century.|
|Dr Romola Davenport||The urban mortality transition in north-west Europe in the period 1700-1850, including the geography of smallpox epidemics in Britain before vaccination.|
|Professor Bob Haining||The geography of crime using GIS, including doorstep criminality in Cambridgeshire and the incidence of rape in Stockholm.|
|Dr Philip Howell||The cultural and historical geography of prostitution, gender and sexuality in Victorian Britain and its empire; changing animal geographies.|
|Dr David Nally||Geographical dimensions of colonisation, the geopolitics of subsistence crises, and the politics of famine relief measures, for example the Irish Famine.|
|Ms Gill Newton||Mortality and disease transmission in urban Britain, especially London, in the sixteenth to nineteenth century.|
|Dr Rebecca Oakes||Mortality and life expectancy in late medieval colleges in England.|
|Dr Alice Reid||Infant, child and maternal mortality in British populations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, including the role of doctors and midwifery.|
|Dr Max Satchell||Historical geography, occupational structure and transport networks using GIS, and leprosy in Britain since c.1000.|
|Professor Richard Smith||Welfare and demography in England c. 1300-1834, the geography of poor relief, and a re-assessment of the Mortality Revolution and Epidemiological Transition models for England, western Europe and Asia.|
The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure is an interdisciplinary research group based in the Department of Geography and the Faculty of History.