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Dr Janet Weston

BA MA MSc PhD

Research Fellow

Room
209

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7612 7902

I originally studied English literature, and worked in the charity sector while obtaining an MA in Contemporary Literature and an MSc in the history of science and medicine. I then returned to academia full-time for a PhD in History at Birkbeck, University of London. My PhD examined medical explanations and treatments for sexual offenders over the 20th century, and formed the basis of my first book, Medicine, the Penal System, and Sexual Crime in England 1919-1960s (Bloomsbury, 2017).

I joined the Centre for History in Public Health at LSHTM in 2016.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Centres

History in Public Health

Teaching

Health in History

Principles of Social Research

Research

I hold a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2021), to investigate the history of measuring and assessing mental capacity in Britain and Ireland over the twentieth century. I am focusing on decisions and disputes over individuals' capacity to manage their financial affairs, and am particularly interested in how ideas of mental capacity have been affected by attitudes towards old age, gender, class, disability, and ideas of autonomy and vulnerability.

I originally joined LSHTM as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project, 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000', to work on the impact of HIV/AIDS on healthcare for prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s.

I am interested more generally in historical perspectives on deviance and difference, crime and punishment, and law and policy, particularly in relation to mental health, gender, sexuality, and age.

Research Area
Ageing
Public health history
Older people's health
Discipline
Anthropology
History
Medicine
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Socio-legal studies
Law
Disease and Health Conditions
Addiction
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Disability
Region
Euro area

Selected Publications

HIV/AIDS and the prison service of England & Wales
Weston, J.; Berridge, V.
2017
Transcript of a witness seminar held by the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 18 May 2017
HIV, AIDS, and condoms in prisons
Weston, J.
2016
Discover Society
Mental Hygiene and Psychiatry in Modern Britain
Weston, J.
2015
British Journal for the History of Science
Prison will not cure a sexual perversion: Sexology, forensic psychiatry, and their patients in twentieth-century Britain
Weston, J.
2015
Crimes of Passion: Repräsentationen der Sexualpathologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert
See all Dr Janet Weston's Publications