I lecture in the history of medicine and am a member of the Wellcome Trust funded 'The governance of health: medical, economic and managerial expertise in Britain 1948-2010' project (P.I. Prof Sally Sheard). I have teaching and research interests in the history of public health, comparative and regional health systems, health inequalities and residential/institutional welfare and care. My work has a wide geographical scope and concentrates on developments in Ireland -- both north and south -- and Great Britain.
In 2015 Manchester University Press published my new monograph which explores welfare and healthcare reform in inter-war Ireland. Also in 2015, I co-edited a collection of essays which explores healthcare in comparative and regional settings in Britain and Ireland from 1850 -- this was published by the Institute of Historical Research, London. I am currently writing a new monograph which examines public health in twentieth-century Northern Ireland and Belfast.
I have held academic positions in numerous universities including Queen's University Belfast, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Oxford Brookes. My research has been funded by numerous funding bodies including the AHRC, ESRC, Royal Irish Academy, and Irish Research Council.
I also engage with policy making and have advised the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister in the Northern Irish devolved government on controversies relating to the institutionalisation of unwed mothers in the twentieth century. I also undertake public impact activities and have curated a forthcoming exhibition on poverty and health in Belfast's past which will be held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.