Scientific committee


Laura Lee DownsLaura Lee Downs – Project director/primary investigator

European University Institute/ École des Hautes  Études en Sciences Sociales

Research interests: the comparative history of gender and labor in nineteenth and twentieth- century Europe, the history of childhood and the family, and of civil society mobilizations around the protection of vulnerable populations.

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Clarisse Berthezène – Project co-director/co-investigator

Université Paris-Diderot

Research interests: the political and intellectual history of Conservatism and the British Conservative party, as well as the comparative history of Conservatism in Britain, France and the United States. Her new project explores the political mobilization of Conservative women in the period from 1918 to 1951 and the links between politics and voluntary action. 

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Pat Thane – Project co-director/co-investigator

Kings College London

Research Interests: The history of state welfare and voluntary action in UK since the late 19th century, history of old age, single parenthood, gender and more generally the social, cultural and political history of UK over the past century.

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Sally Alexander

Goldsmiths’ University

Research Interests: The history of feminism and social movements in modern Britain; the history of psychoanalysis and the relationship between psychoanalysis and history; histories of subjectivity and of London.

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Efi Avdela

University of Crete

Research Interests: twentieth century Greece in a European context; gender history, the history of feminism, crime and delinquency, youth, and voluntary associations and collective action.

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Paul Ginsborg

Università di Firenze

Research interests as follows: The history of 19th and 20th century Italy with special reference to the Risorgimento and the Republic; the comparative history of states, families and civil society in 20th century Europe; the crisis and possible renewal of democracy.

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Marco H.D. van Leeuwen

Utrecht University

Research Interests: Social inequality from 1500 to the present.

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Morgane Labbé

École des hautes études en sciences sociales

Research interests: Imperial and post-imperial social protection: Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, late 19th-early 20th century. Population policy and population science 19th-20th century.

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