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CfP: "The Economics and History of Health Crises: An Interdisciplinary Workshop", 26-27 May 2022, Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHARMS) and Centre for Economic History (QUCEH), Queen's University Belfast

22-12-2021 15:03


The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a vast expansion in academic research output into health crises. But most of this research is conducted by scholars within their disciplinary silos. Discipline-specific language and publishing norms means we are often unaware of relevant research from colleagues in other fields. The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue between economists, historians and other social scientists who are conducting disciplinary research into the causes, anatomy and consequences of health emergencies, today and in the past.

Academics often struggle to communicate their research findings to policymakers. We intend that this workshop will assist in creating opportunities for translating academic research into formats that may inform actionable policy initiatives. The workshop will conclude with a public roundtable discussion, involving both academics and policymakers from public health institutions.

The workshop is organised jointly by the Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHARMS) and the Centre for Economic History (QUCEH), both at Queen's University Belfast. We plan that this workshop to be an in-person event in Belfast. Our venue will be Clifton House, Belfast's historic poor house, constructed by the Belfast Charitable Society in 1774, and the location of the first trials of inoculation and vaccination in Ireland in 1800.

Our keynote speaker is Guido Alfani, Professor of Economic History at Bocconi University, Milan. Professor Alfani is an expert on the history of plagues and epidemics, and the history of famines. His forthcoming article in the Journal of Economic Literature ("Epidemics, Inequality, and Poverty in Preindustrial and Early Industrial Time") looks at the past for insights about how pandemics can affect inequalities in income, wealth, and health.

Applicants should write an extended abstract summarising their ongoing research project and explaining how it relates to the workshop's aim. It should be approximately 300-500 words. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format alongside a short CV of the presenting author to qucharms[at] by Friday 25 February 2022. We anticipate that our decision on successful applicants will be communicated by Friday 18 March 2022.

Our plan is that each paper will be assigned a discussant from another discipline. Participants are therefore expected to have read the work of their fellow participants. Successful applicants are expected to submit a full working paper by Friday 29 April 2022.

Queen's University Belfast will provide accommodation to successful applicants for the duration of the workshop. Lunches and dinners will also be provided. Travel to Belfast will be at own expense, but some limited funds are available to sponsor new scholars who do not have institutional support.

Dates: Thursday 26 & Friday 27 May 2022

Venue: Clifton House, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Hosts: Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHARMS) and Centre for Economic History (QUCEH), Queen's University Belfast


Deadline for submission of extended abstract: Friday 25 February 2022
Decision on successful applicants: Friday 18 March 2022
Deadline for submission of full paper for successful applications: Friday 29 April 2022
Submission email: qucharms[at]

Organising Committee:
Dr Aldo Elizalde
Dr Arcangelo Dimico
Dr Chris Colvin


Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016