Virginia Berridge BA PhD FRHistS Hon FFPH Hon FRCP AcSS
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Social historian with a first degree and a PhD in history, both from the University of London. I have worked in historical and non-historical settings, at the Addiction Research Unit,(National Addiction Centre) Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. I was scientific secretary to the cross department and research council Drug Addiction Research Initiative. I joined the School in 1988 as Co-Director of the AIDS Social History Programme The current School History Centre has developed from that initial programme.
I jointly run the History and Health module, which is also available as a short course. I lecture on Principles of Social Research, Environmental Health Policy, Social Epidemiology and AIDS modules.
My personal research interest is in the changes in post World War Two public health policy. Topic based research includes smoking policy;drug policy (illicit); alcohol policy; the role of the media;HIV/AIDS policy ;and the relationship between evidence, incuding history , and policy. The History Centre which I head works on these issues across a variety of different subject areas.
The Centre is funded by a Wellcome Trust 5 year award which also funds aspects of my own research.
Other current grants are from Alcohol Research UK on the history of alcohol research and the Health Protection Authority for a study of the response to swine flu in 2009.
I am work package leader for an EU framework 7 programme ALICE-RAP on addiction
- Health policy
- Public health history
- Research : policy relationship
- Science policy
- Substance abuse
- Policy analysis
The rise, fall, and revival of recovery in drug policy.
Lancet, 2012; 379(9810):22-3
Thinking in time: does health policy need history as evidence?
Lancet, 2010; 375(9717):798-799
Medicine and the public: the 1962 report of the Royal College of Physicians and the new public health.
Bull Hist Med, 2007; 81(1):286-311
Multidisciplinary public health: What sort of victory?
Public Health, 2007; 121(6):404-8
The policy response to the smoking and lung cancer connection in the 1950s and 1960s
Historical Journal, 2006; 49(4):1185-1209
Smoking and the new health education in britain 1950s-1970s.
Berridge, V.; Loughlin, K.;
Am J Public Health, 2005; 95(6):956-64
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