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Professor Richard Smith

BA, MA, PhD, FBA, FRHistS, AcSS
Quondam Fellow since 1994
Professor Richard Smith
  • Background

    • Vice-Master, Downing College and Head of Department (from 2007)
    • Professor of Historical Geography and Demography (from 2003)
    • University of Cambridge, Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population Studies and Fellow, Downing College (from 1994)
    • Reader in Historical Demography, Cambridge (from 1994 to 2003)
    • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College (from 1994)
    • Reader, History of Medicine and Director, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford (from 1990 to 1994)
    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 1983 to 1994)
    • University Lecturer in Historical Demography, University of Oxford (from 1983 to 1989)
    • Tutor, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (from 1979 to 1983)
    • Assistant Lecturer in Historical Geography, University of Cambridge (from 1974 to 1983)
    • Postgraduate, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (from 1967 to 1974)
    • Undergraduate, University College London (from 1964 to 1967)
  • Research interests

    • Medieval English peasant inheritance practices and their impact on property exchanges and social and kinship networks
    • Problems of the use of manorial court rolls for the analysis of medieval marriage practices
    • Historical demography
    • The social history of medicine
  • Teaching and supervision

    • Geographical Tripos (Undergraduate Level—Historical Geography and Historical Demography)
    • MPhil in Geographical Research
    • MPhil in Economic and Social History
    • PhD supervision in Historical Demography, Agrarian History and Historical Geography
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • President, Economic History Society
    • Co-editor, Economic History Review
    • Co-editor of Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time
    • Editorial board of Continuity and Change
    • Editorial board of The History of the Family
  • Research awards and grants

    • AHRC (2006–9) Private law and medieval village society: personal actions in manorial courts 1250–1350 £380,000.
    • ESRC (2008–11 jointly with Dr M. Davies, University of London) Life in the Suburbs: Health, Domesticity and Status in Early Modern London £886,363.