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Past research projects

Our research is both diverse and innovative, focusing on the interaction between cultural, social and political history, ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, and covering Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. This page provides an overview of selected and past research projects. For full details of research interests and activities please see our staff pages.

Selected past research projects

Project title

Grant holder

Funded by


Funding (£)

A Commentary on Selected Letters of the Younger Seneca Professor Catharine Edwards Leverhulme Trust 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 47,278

A Global History of Art in Modern Warfare Professor Joanna Bourke British Academy 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 9.960
ARCHIves Resize
Dr Filippo de Vivo

Funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant

1 February 2012 to 31 July 2016 962,669
CFrontiers Resize CFrontiers: Coastal Frontiers: Water, Power and the Boundaries of South Asia Dr Sunil Amrith European Union 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016 771,503

Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Dr Louise Hide Wellcome Trust 1 March 2016 to 30 April 2016 5,000
Demand Resize

Demand: The Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand

Professor Frank Trentmann Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council 1 March 2014 to 30 April 2018 28.827
Hidden Persuaders Resize Hidden Persuaders? Brainwashing, Culture, Clinical Knowledge and the Cold War Human Sciences c. 1950-1990 Professor Daniel Pick Wellcome Trust 1 Sept 2014 to 30 August 2019 934, 004
How Resilient were Neanderthals and Modern Humans in South West Asia to Climate Change? Reinvestigating Shanidar Cave Dr Tim Reynolds Leverhulme Trust 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2017 60,754

Loving the King, 1744-1789 Dr Anne Byrne British Academy 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 246,429
Material Cultures Resize Material Cultures of Energy Professor Frank Trentmann Arts and Humanities Research Council 1 April 2014 to 31 December 2017 766,568
Medicine and the Bishop Project Medicine and the Bishop in Medieval England Professor John Henderson Wellcome Trust 1 March 2014 to 31 August 2017 150,282
PIMIC resize PIMIC: Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom Dr Caroline Humfress European Commission 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016 248, 488
Sexualities and Localities Sexualities and Localities, c. 1965-2013 Dr Matt Cook Arts and Humanities Research Council 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017 222,679
The Algeria War in Paris. Violence and Terrorism in the French Capital, 1954-62 Dr Sarah Howard Leverhulme Trust 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 47,471
The Nazi Concentration Camps: an Online Resource Professor Nik Wachsmann Arts and Humanities Research Council 11 January 2016 to 10 October 2016 53,370
Reluctant Internationalists The Reluctant Internationalists: a Multidisciplinary History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements and Experts in 20thC Europe Dr Jessica Reinisch Wellcome Trust 1 September 2013 to 30 September 2017 752, 995

Selected past research projects

Past research project Led by
A History of Pain from the 18thC to the Present Professor Joanna Bourke
A History of the Anglo-German Relationship Dr Jan Rueger
Alternative Psychiatric Narratives Professor Daniel Pick
Ancient Numeracy Dr Serafina Cuomo
Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 Dr Nick Wachsmann (Project Director), Dr Christian Goeschel (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)
British printed images to 1700 Professor Michael Hunter (Project Director)
Communities of Belief in Medieval Languedoc Professor John Arnold
Cultures of Consumption Professor Frank Trentmann
Diplomacy as Theatre: the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Rise of Asia in the 20th Century Professor Naoko Shimazu
Euclid's Elements of Geometry Dr Michalis Sialaros
Evolution on the Prairies: from Hesperopithecus to America's First Antievolution Trail Dr Adam Shapiro
In Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: The Deployment & Development of Psychoanalysis in the Allied Struggle against Germany Professor Daniel Pick
Into the abyss: the Nazi concentration camps (1942-45) Dr Nik Wachsmann
Japan and East Asia National Identities Education Network Dr Naoko Shimazu, Dr Julia Lovell
Landscapes of Health: The Black Sea in the Social Dr Jessica Reinisch
Life in the Suburbs: Health, Domesticity & Status in Early Modern London Professor Vanessa Harding
Organised Crime in Germany, 1918-1948 Dr Christian Goeschel
People in place: families, households and housing in early modern London Professor Vanessa Harding
Private life in Stalin's Russia Professor Orlando Figes
Public Health and Outsiders: British Responses to Refugees in the 20thC Dr Becky Taylor
Reconstruction in the Immediate Aftermath of War: A Comparative Study of Europe, 1945-50 Dr. David Feldman
Satyajit Ray: Lives, Dilemmas, Reputations Professor Chandak Sengoopta
Scribal culture in Italy, 1450-1650
Dr Filippo de Vivo
Seeking Redress in Early Modern England: Petitions Dr Brodie Waddell
The London and Middlesex Hearth Tax Professor Vanessa Harding
The Robert Boyle Project Professor Michael Hunter (Project Director)
The Traffic in Women: Gender, Mobility and Migration Control in the 20thC World Dr Julia Laite
Two Year Postdoctoral. Urban Matters: Early Medieval Mediterranean Investment in Cities Dr David Feldman, Dr Caroline Goodson