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I'm a historian of healthcare and welfare with a specific expertise in medical and poor relief and hospital provision. I'm currently a Research Fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Poverty and Public Health in Belfast and the North of Ireland'. I am writing a monograph on poverty and public health in Belfast and its environs during the period 1898-1973.
I previously held an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship (two years) in the Centre for Contemporary Irish History in Trinity College Dublin. The project explored attempts during the 1920s and 1930s of the newly established Irish Free State at reform of the poor law and workhouse system. This research is the focus of a forthcoming monograph.
Previously I worked as an Economic and Social Research Council (E.S.R.C) Postdoctoral Associate on the ‘Irish welfare regimes under the Irish Poor Law, 1850-1921’ at Oxford Brookes University. This project explored the workhouse and outdoor relief system in Ireland.
I have held research positions in the Centre for the History of Medicine, University College Dublin and the Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Dublin.
I also have expertise in late nineteenth century social, economic and agrarian history. My PhD thesis, which I completed in NUI Maynooth,concentrated on the land movement at a regional level.
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