Christopher Sirrs


Historian of medicine and health at the University of Warwick.

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

Current work: The history of anxieties around counterfeit drugs in global health.

Previous: the intellectual and policy history of health systems

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Sirrs, Christopher (Forthcoming 2019). "The Health of Nations: International Health Accounting in Historical Perspective, 1925–2011". In: Axel Hüntelmann and Oliver Falk (eds), Accounting for Health: Calculative Practices and Administrative Techniques 1500–2000. Manchester University Press.

Sirrs, Christopher (2019). "Promoting Health Protection Worldwide: The International Labour Organisation and Health Systems Financing, 1952–2012". The International History Review, DOI: (Open access).

Gorsky, M., & Sirrs, C. (Forthcoming 2019). "From 'Planning' to 'Systems Analysis': Health Services Strengthening at the World Health Organisation, 1952–1975". Dynamis.

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).

Sirrs, Christopher. 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).

Sirrs, Christopher. "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.

Sirrs, Christopher. "Accidents and Apathy: The Construction of the ‘Robens Philosophy’ of Occupational Safety and Health Regulation in Britain, 1961–1974", Social History of Medicine, 2016 (open access).