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Gillian Lamb

Scouloudi Fellow

Gillian is a final year PhD student at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on working-class life in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. 

Gillian's Research

Using innovative life-course analysis, Gillian considers the life-long impact of welfare intervention on individual’s life. Her work uncovers the significance of empire in creating mobility (both social and geographical) for poor young people in late nineteenth-century Britain. This reveals the active role many played in directing their own future and challenges conventional views of the recipients of nineteenth-century welfare as passive victims. Gillian’s PhD was generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Council prior to her becoming a Scouloudi doctoral fellow at the IHR.