Papers

The Health Systems in History team regularly present at seminars, workshops and conferences in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Dr Martin Gorsky

2019

  • “Parallel Trajectories of Health Policy-making in the UK and New Zealand, 1938-2010: structural factors or transnational vectors?” Australia and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine Conference, Auckland, December 2019.
  • “The Politics of Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”. School of Public Health, University of Sydney 29 November 2019.
  • “The World Bank’s Advocacy of User Fees in Global Health, c.1970-1993; more ideology than evidence?” University of Birmingham Health Services Management Centre Seminar, 22 October 2019, Lecture, School of Public Health, University of Sydney 28 November 2019.
  • “The International Labour Organisation, Health Risks and Universal Coverage, c.1930-2000”. International Conference on Risk and the Insurance Business in History, Fundación Cajasol, Seville. Spain, 12 – 14 June 2019.
  • “The International Labour Organisation, patient payment and universal health coverage, c.1930-2000”. Past, present and future of patient payment in the Irish healthcare system, University College Cork, 28 March 2019.
  • “Governing Global Health: What influence has that Bank had on global health in relation to other international organizations?” Discussant, Disrupting Global Health Narratives: Alternative Perspectives on the World Bank’s Influence on Global Health, Fondation Brocher, Geneva, January 2019.

2018

  • “The International Labour Organisation and the Globalisation of Health Security”. Invited Presentation, Workshop ‘The Meanings of Global Public Health’ Fondation Brocher, Geneva, 28-30 Nov 2018.
  • “Universal Health Coverage as a Goal of International Policy: Dialogue, Consensus and Conflict”. Keynote lecture, Society for the Social History of Medicine conference, University of Liverpool, UK, July 2018.
  • “Culture, Language and Networks: ‘Families of Nations’ and the Making of Health Policy in Britain and New Zealand since 1938.” Presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2018.
  • “The International Labour Organisation, Health and Social Security, c.1930-2000”. European Social Science History Conference, Queens University, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018.
  • “Pre-History of a ‘Global Goal’: the International Labour Organisation and Universal Health Coverage, c.1925-2000”. Invited lecture, University of Auckland, 8 March 2018.
  • “Old World Influences? An overview of social policy in 19th century Britain”. Invited lecture, University of Auckland, 6 March 2018.

2017

  • “From ‘Planning’ to ‘Systems Analysis’: Health Services and Development at the World Health Organization, 1952-1975”. Presented at conferences: “How to Change the World. Entangled Histories of Development”, Shanghai University, Shanghai, 26-28 May, and “Beyond the Nation State: International Organizations and the Pursuit of Health Security, 1942-75”, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Conference, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, August 30–September 2.
  • “First Time Around: The Rise and Fall of ‘Universal Health Coverage’ as a Goal of International Health Politics, 1925-52”, presented at European Healthcare Before Welfare States Workshop, University of Huddersfield, 17 February, and at History Seminar Series, LSHTM, 18 May 2017 (jointly with Dr Chris Sirrs).
  • Conference Organiser (jointly with Institute of Public Policy Research), “Localism, Devolution and Transformation in the NHS”, LSHTM, 9 May 2017.
  • Invited lecture, “The History and Politics of Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Convention, Learning For Action Across Health Systems, London, 8 May.
  • Invited commentator, “Accounting for Health. Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500-2000”, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, 3-5 April.
  • “The Politics of Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, 21 March.

2016

  • “The Idea of a ‘Health System’ in Research and Policy, 1891-1969”, University of Huddersfield, 24th February 2016 and University of Strathclyde, 25th February.
  • “The Politics of Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”, European Social Science History Conference, University of Valencia, 30th March-2nd April.
  • Keynote Lecture: “The Politics of Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”, International Health Organizations Network Conference, People, politics and practices in historical perspective, University of Shanghai, 21 to 24 April.
  • “Reflections and Conclusion”, London Health Histories, Wellcome Trust, London, 17th June.
  • “World Health by Place: The Politics of International Health System Metrics, 1924-2000”, Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts,  Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, University of Kent, 7th-10th July .
  • Poster: M.Gorsky, J.Manton, “The Rise and Fall of Health System Planning in 1960s Africa: any lessons from history?” Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver, 14-18 November.

2015

  • ‘‘Resource allocation’ for equity in the NHS: the roots of the RAWP. 1970-1986″, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Conference, University of Cologne, 2nd-5th September
  • “Historicizing Health Systems: inter-disciplinary attunement and discord”, LSHTM Social Science Symposium, 10th November.

Dr John Manton

2020

  • “From leprosy research in Bergen to medical development in Nigeria”, The Society for the Advancement of Science, University of Bergen, Norway, May 2020.

2019

  • “Health planning, civil war, and reconstruction in eastern Nigeria, 1967-74”, presented at African Studies Association 62nd Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, November 2019.
  • “Building health coverage in Nigeria, 1936-1988: national dilemmas, global contexts”, presented at ECAS 2019, Edinburgh, UK, June 2019.
  • “Reimagining histories and cultures of global health sustainability: some African possibilities”, presented at World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminar 120, Hughes Hall, Cambridge, March 2019.

2018

  • “Building health systems in Nigeria, 1930-2000: national dilemmas, global contexts”, presented at ASAUK 2018, Birmingham, UK, September 2018.
  •   “‘The smaller part of the country is in Government hands’: global health, national planning, and territorial turmoil in the postcolonial 1960s and 1970s”, presented at Mapping morality in global health, a CRASSH interdisciplinary conference at University of Cambridge, June 2018.
  •   “International assistance, health planning, and the New Economic Policy in Malaysia, 1971 to 1990”, presented at American Association for the History of Medicine conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2018.
  • “The World Health Organization and quandaries of health planning in the postcolonial state”, invited presentation at World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminar 103, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo, Egypt,, January 2018.

2017

  • “Health Planning and the developmental state in 1960s Africa”, presented on the panel Innovation and urban health in Africa, at European Conference in African Studies, Basel, Switzerland, June 2017.
  • “Re-performing healthcare and humanitarianism in Africa”, presented at Re-performing images – from sources to resources, the “Re-” interdisciplinary network conference, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, UK, June 2017.
  • “Conceiving the health system in extremis: the WHO and emergency administration of health services in Laos and Cambodia, 1968-75”, presented at How to change the world, a conference on development studies, Shanghai, May 2017; updated version to be presented in Sept 2017 at Conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Bucharest, Romania.

2016

  • “The Rise and Fall of Health System Planning in 1960s Africa: any lessons from history?”, with Martin Gorsky, e-poster presented at HSR2016, Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver, Canada, November 2016.
  • “Medicine, history and the humanitarian response: the case of Biafra”, presented at a panel discussion hosted by the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre, LSHTM, London, September 2016.
  • “National Health Planning in 1960s Africa: Framing the Developmental State as a Place of Health”, presented at Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts, Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, Kent, UK, July 2016.
  •  “Health Planning in 1960s Africa: International Health Organisations and the post-colonial state”, presented at International Health Organizations (IHOs): the history for the future networkInternational Conference, Shanghai, China, April 2016.
  • “Global perspectives on the history of health systems in Southeast Asia”, presented at HOMSEA2016 – the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 2016.

Dr Christopher Sirrs

2018

  • “New Frontiers: The ILO and Health Systems Financing, c. 1952–1992”. Presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2020.

2017

  • “First Time Around: The Rise and Fall of ‘Universal Health Coverage’ as a Goal of International Health Politics, 1925–1952”. Presented at conferences: European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Bucharest, Romania, September 2017; “New Histories of the Modern Health Care System in Britain”, University of Warwick, May 2017; History Seminar Series, LSHTM (jointly with Dr Martin Gorsky) and European Healthcare Before Welfare States Workshop, University of Huddersfield, February 2017 (jointly with Dr Martin Gorsky).
  • “Apples and Pears: The Role of International Health Experts in the Measurement and Comparison of Health Spending”, The Governance of Health Conference, University of Liverpool.
  • “The Health of Nations: International Health Accounting in Historical Perspective, 1924–2011”, presented at “Accounting for Health. Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500-2000”, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld.

2016

  • “The Health of Nations: International Health Accounting in Historical Perspective, 1924–2011”, presented at “Accounting for Health. Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500-2000”, Charité University, Berlin.

Dr Hayley Brown

2019

  • “National’s Response to Health System Reform during the Muldoon Government 1975 – 1984.” Presented at the Australia and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine conference, University of Auckland, December 2019.
  • “The Establishment of Health Centres in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.” Presented at the New Zealand Historical Association conference, Victoria University of Wellington, November 2019.
  • “The End of the Post-War Consensus? Health System Reform in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the 1970s.” Presented at the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 2019.

2018

  • “Reinforcing or Challenging Conformity: The Value of Dialogue in the Oral History of Health and Medicine.” Member of roundtable discussion at the Society for the Social History of Medicine conference, University of Liverpool, July 2018.
  • “Health System Reform in New Zealand and the United Kingdom During the 1950s.” Presented at the “Britain and the World” conference, University of Exeter, June 2018.
  • “Neo-Liberal Ideas and Policy-Making: The United Kingdom and New Zealand’s National Health Services in the 1980s”. Presented at American Association for the History of Medicine conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2018.