Health, Family and the Everyday

You will be an outstanding participant in the lively research area of the social and cultural history of health, making a distinctive contribution to knowledge by shedding light on how personal experiences have changed over time; and engaging with, and contributing to, important current debates on historical methodologies and scales of historical analysis. You will work to strengthen existing internal and external collaborations on perceptions and experiences of health, illness and the family in the past, and into the present day, in order to develop a new impact case study in collaboration with other members of the School of History’s Health, Medicine and Society research group. You will be expected to enhance the position of the University of Leeds as a major centre for the study of the medical humanities.

You will offer an historical perspective on health issues in contemporary society, building on the work of social historians whose work has had a broader resonance for society’s understanding of the family and life course. Cultural historians have played a crucial role in shaping our understanding of ‘culture’ and you will expand definitions of ‘culture’ to encompass cultures of the everyday. Your impact activity will enhance the engagement of the School with cultural institutions, relevant heritage organisations and other third sector external partners, in Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. You will also contribute to the School’s MA in Social and Cultural History and will explore the possibility of establishing a multi-disciplinary MA in Medical Humanities.

A University Fellow in this field would be exceptionally well placed to make a significant contribution to knowledge, secure funding, and attract students, not least since the Brotherton Library has several notable research collections in this field.

You will have demonstrated research excellence, and teaching ability, in the broadly-defined field of the history of health, family and the everyday. You will also demonstrate an awareness of, and aptitude for, maximising the advantages offered by the funding landscape. Some prior involvement with ‘impact’ work would be desirable.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Graham A. Loud, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3601, email:  or Dr Shane Doyle, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3655, email

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