Research Fellow in Future Health Joins CGHH

Posted on 2 March 2018

The Centre for Global Health Histories welcomes Dr Rebecca Wright

Dr Rebecca Wright has joined the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) as a Research Fellow in Future Health. Her two-year fellowship was awarded by the Centre of Future Health, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of York (co-funded with the Wellcome Trust) supporting innovative research on future health challenges. She will be based in CGHH and the Department of History from January 2018 to December 2019.

Rebecca’s research at the CGHH will examine the intersections between the histories of energy and health. Her project, Powering Health: Energy and Wellbeing in UK and US, 1900-1970 considers how new models of health shaped energy demand in the twentieth century, as well as how health was used by the energy sector to expand systems, build competitive advantage, and fix demand. By uncovering how and why health became carbonized in the twentieth century, her research will examine what role the body and health can play a role in developing sustainable low carbon societies in the future.  

Before arriving at York, Rebecca was a Research Fellow in Mass Observation Studies at the University of Sussex and on the AHRC collaborative project "Material Cultures of Energy” at Birkbeck College. She completed her PhD at Birkbeck College in 2016, and has held fellowships at the Library of Congress, and the Huntington Library in California.