Dr Gareth Millward

Research Fellow


I completed my PhD at the School in 2013 on the history of disability policy in Britain between 1965 and 1995. During that time I also spent three months working at the Houses of Parliament producing a briefing paper for Parliamentarians on the government's reforms of disability benefit.

I started work on Alex Mold's Placing the Public in Public Health project in September 2014 as part of a three-year research fellowship.




I teach on the History and Health module, as well as Principles of Social Research.


My PhD research focused on how disability was constructed as an object of government policy in Britain during the twentieth century. My current work explores British vaccination programmes, asking how the formation of and reaction to vaccination policy exposes "the public" within public health policy. That is to say, who were the targets of public health interventions? In turn, how did those targets view themselves and respond to said interventions?

The project draws on a number of historical sources, including oral and written material from government bodies, voluntary organisations, medical practitioners and advisory councils.

Research areas

  • Public health history
  • Vaccines


  • History

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Disability


  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Disability Rights
  • Immunization,Vaccine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • NGOs
  • Poverty
  • Voluntarism in health
  • Wellcome Trust
  • political lobbying
  • public health historiography
  • vaccine safety
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