Christopher Sirrs


Historian of medicine and health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Research interests: Health systems, global health, occupational health and safety, risk.

Current work: The intellectual and policy history of health systems.

I post on digital research methods over at Medium.



Gorsky, M., & Sirrs, C. (2018) The Rise and Fall of Universal Health Coverage as a Goal of International Health Politics, 1925–1952, American Journal of Public Health, 108(3), 334–342. View pre-print version here

Gorsky, M., & Sirrs, C. (2017). World health by place: The politics of international health system metrics, 1924–c. 2010. Journal of Global History, 12(3), 361-385 (open access).

Health and Safety in the British Regulatory State: The HSC, HSE and the Management of Occupational Risk. Ph.D. thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2016 (open access).

Risk, Responsibility and Robens: The Transformation of the British System of Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, 1961–1974, in Tom Crook and Mike Esbester (eds), Governing Risk in Modern Britain, 1800–2000, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Accidents and Apathy: The Construction of the ‘Robens Philosophy’ of Occupational Safety and Health Regulation in Britain, 1961–1974, Social History of Medicine, 2015 (open access).



Twitter: @chrissirrs