Dr Alex Mold
I am a historian of public health in modern Britain. I am also Co-Head of the Doctoral College.
I give lectures and lead seminars on the History and Health module.
I also lecture on Principles of Social Research, Introduction to Health Promotion and Social Epidemiology.
I supervise PhD and DrPH students on a range of topics from the history of childhood obesity to hand hygiene.
I am particularly fascinated by the changing nature of 'public health' over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I led a Wellcome Trust funded project which examined the place of the public in public health in Britain since 1948. This considered how the idea of the 'public' changed, as did 'public health'.
I am also interested in the history of substance use, especially illegal drugs and alcohol. Previous work has analysed the history of heroin addiction, and health education messaging around alcohol.
Another research interest revolves around health consumerism, and the contested description of patients as consumers.