Vicky Long

Dr Vicky Long is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century British History, and co-convenes the Life Cycles, Bodies, Health and Disease research strand, based in History, Classics and Archaeology. A researcher of modern British history, disability history, and health history, her monographs explore the politics of occupational health services, and mental healthcare professionals’ efforts to destigmatise mental illness. Vicky’s other publications examine post-war mental healthcare, psychiatric deinstitutionalization, the experiences of people with severe and enduring mental health conditions; work and mental health; health, work and gender, and disability history.

Her current book project, stemming from a Wellcome Seed Award, uses spina bifida as a case study to explore how the emergence of new systems of valuing life in late twentieth-century Britain exerted a powerful influence over British health policy, devaluing disabled people’s lives.

Vicky welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in these areas and enjoys collaborating on multidisciplinary projects.