Professor Simon Szreter

Professor of History and Public Policy
Fellow of St John's College
Professor Simon Szreter, Ben Szreter and Hilary Cooper

I am the Professor in History and Public Policy in the History Faculty, University of Cambridge. I teach modern British Economic and Social history since 1700 and World Population, Development and Environment since 1750. His main fields of research are demographic, public health, economic and social history, the history of empirical social science and methods for registering and measuring populations, and the relationship between history and contemporary public policy issues.

History and Public Policy, especially in relation to comparative demographic, social and economic change. Current research includes the study of qualitative and quantitative sources on the history of fertility decline in Britain, including a new project on the venereal diseases and fertility decline; the history of mortality public health and politics; and the comparative history of identity registration systems in world history. I am a long-term honorary research associate of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure; and currently with several colleagues in the Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Classics and Physiology, I am an award-holder of the 5-year Wellcome Strategic Award, 2009-14, to the University of Cambridge on the Theme of 'Generation to Reproduction', which has a number of funded doctoral scholarships attached to it.

Modern Social, Family, Gender and Demographic History and Policy. Completed PhD students have worked recently on: Male Legislators and Women's Rights in Britain 1866-86; the Family and Health Policy in Bulgaria, 1918-44; The role of Residents’ and Housing Associations in the Portuguese Revolution 1974-5, The reception of Yoga and Ayurveda in Twentieth-century Britain; A comparative local study of parent-child relations in England c.1850-1910; British government dietary policy and the influence of pressure groups c.1970-90; Disinfection in Victorian cities c.1850-1914; Borders and identity registration systems in South Africa and the Indian Ocean c.1890-1920; ‘The Development and dissemination of venereological knowledge in England, 1886-1913'.

Undergraduate Teaching

Faculty Lecturer and College supervisor for Part I courses in modern British economic and social history 1700-1880 and 1880-2015. Course Co-ordinator and supervisor for Part II Paper 6, 'World population, development and environment since 1750: comparative history and policy’

Graduate Teaching

M.Phil in Economic and Social History: ‘Core Concepts in Economic and Social Theory and History’; and Course Tutor on advanced paper, ‘Economic growth, health and politics since 1750’.

Supervising of PhDs in modern social, demogrpahic and economic history 


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