Posted on 10 February 2016
The Department of History's Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Sarah Hartley (pictured), has been awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center to aid in her doctoral research at their facility.
The very competitive grant programme provides up to $4000 based on the quality of the application and the candidate’s project. The research grants are designed to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the records of the Rockefeller Family, The Rockefeller University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals. Rockefeller Archives are a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Sarah’s project examines how the British Colonial Office and British Colonial Government of Fiji collaborated and competed with philanthropic organizations, the UN agencies, and multi-governmental development organizations in shaping international public health projects in the South Pacific in the post-war era. She is particularly focusing on the development of maternal and child health, and nutrition programs in Fiji. The research Sarah will undertake in the Rockefeller Archive Center will be for a chapter on the population control programs based on maternity centred family planning that were a central part of health and development programs in the Pacific islands from the 1960s. These were supported by a variety of regional and international players, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Population Council. She is interested in the dynamics of this collaboration and intends to explore it in a chapter of her doctoral thesis, which will also consider the extent to which these programs were driven by maternal and child health or other socio-political concerns. The Rockefeller Archives hold the records of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Population Council and its correspondence with other agencies involved in family planning in the area including the South Pacific Commission, the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and will prove very useful.
Everyone at CGHH offers warm congratulations to Sarah for her successful application for this prestigious grant, and hope to see many more successful grant applications for University of York candidates in future.