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PhD studentship - An historical perspective on the ‘north-south health divide’ and regional health inequalities

   School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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About the Project


Interested in the social history of health, and its relevance to contemporary problems? This PhD project will investigate the historical development, extent, experiences, and representations of regional health inequalities in England, focussing on the north-south divide. Applicants should include a proposal outlining how they would approach this project: you may wish to focus on periods where health inequalities came to the fore (e.g. nineteenth-century sanitary reform era, characterised by debates about industrialisation and health; the interwar era, when health improvement efforts were undercut by poverty and unemployment, and the early 1980s, when the Black Report drew attention to health inequalities, while deindustrialisation fuelled regional inequalities). Themes which may shape this research include social class, employment and working conditions, gender, and the body. A wide range of qualitative and quantitative sources could potentially be exploited for this research, including medical officer of health reports; archives of medical associations; regional health authority and council archival materials; epidemiological and demographic data; government records; newspapers, oral history re-use; medical journals and publications.

This is an exciting opportunity to complete a PhD while participating in a wider multidisciplinary Wellcome Trust funded project on regional health inequalities and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to wider project team discussions and publications. Newcastle hosts a thriving multidisciplinary medical humanities network encompassing postgraduate researchers, and resources that may be useful for this research, including the Pybus Collection and the Donaldson (Sir Liam) Archive.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

1 October 2022

Award Duration

36 months.


Wellcome Trust


Dr Vicky Long, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and Professor Clare Bambra, Population Health Sciences Institute

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold a 1st class or high 2:1 degree in History and should hold, or expect to achieve by September 2022, an MA with distinction (or international equivalent) in History, History of Medicine, or a related field. 

This award is available to home candidates only. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

Please complete all relevant fields; fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8210F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD School of History, Classic and Archaeology (full time) – History’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code H0000020 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter; a project proposal no more than 750 words, which includes: research questions, research context, and research methods; and a CV. The covering letter must state the studentship title, quote reference code H0000020 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification

Contact Details

For further details please contact Dr Vicky Long: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend:
Year 1: £19,919
Year 2: £21,542
Year 3: £23,298
Total = £64,759
Additional funding is available to cover research costs, conference fees, and engagement activities.
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