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Mile End Institute

Dr Ruth Davidson


Visiting Research Fellow


Dr Ruth Davidson is a historian of social policy, gender, and activism. Her PhD explored networks of women's local voluntary work and welfare activism in Croydon and East Surrey in the first half of the twentieth century. She was the post-doctoral research assistant on the AHRC funded project researching the history of the Child Poverty Action Group, led by Professor Pat Thane at King's College London.

She is currently working on a book which draws together her long-standing research into women's politics, welfare campaigns and attitudes to social policy. Challenging women's poverty and dependence: the expertise of experience in Britain, 1900s-2000s will make for a productive point of departure from tradition chronologies and narratives of British welfare policy. 


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