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Professor Richard Smith FBA

History

About this Fellow

My research and publications have focused on the history of marriage, principally in medieval Europe, peasant inheritance practices and customary law, welfare practices and their demographic correlates in medieval and early modern England and urban historical epidemiology. Much of this work has been undertaken while Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford University and Director of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. I currently hold a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust (2014-2019) to undertake research on 'Migration, Mortality and Medicalization: investigating the long-run epidemiological consequences of urbanisation in England 1600-1939'.

Website: http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/smith/

Appointments

Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography and Demography and Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • University Lecturer in Population History, University of Oxford, 1983 - 1989
  • Reader in History of Medicine and Director of Wellcome Unit for History of Medicine, University of Oxford, 1990 - 1994
  • Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, 1994 - 1970
  • Emeritus Professor of Historical Demography and Geography, University of Cambridge, 2011 - 1970

Publications

Life, Death and the Elderly: Historical Perspectives 1991

1970

Welfare of the Individual and the group: Malthus and externalitioes American Philosophical Society 2001

1970

The World We Have Gained: Histories of Population and Social Structure 1986

1970

Bastardy and its comparative history 1981

1970

Land, kinship and life-cycle 1984

1970

Medieval society and the manor court 1996

1970

Other Anthropology and Geography Fellows

Professor Robert Foley

Human evolution: the evolutionary ecology of extinct hominins; the evolution of human behaviour and culture; prehistory and archaeology of early human populations; evolutionary theory in archaeology and anthropology.

Professor Chris Fuller

The anthropology of India, including popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism, the caste system, the modern state, globalisation and the middle class; field research mainly in Tamil Nadu.

Professor Linda McDowell

Geographies of labour market change in the UK; gender divisions of labour; interactive work in the service sector; economic migration since 1945; memory and oral histories, especially of women migrants

Professor Daniel Miller

Anthropology of Social Media and Digital Anthropology. Anthropological approaches to material culture including clothing and homes; the role of objects in relationships; the process of consumption and the study of commerce and value

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