Prof Virginia Berridge

Professor of History and Health Policy, Centre for History in Public Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK


Virginia Berridge is Professor of History and Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has recently published E-Cigarettes and the Comparative Politics of Harm Reduction (with Ronald Bayer, Amy Fairchild and Wayne Hall ) (Palgrave  Macmillan 2023). She is currently deputy chair of the London Drugs Commission which is producing a report on cannabis in London for the Mayor.

Prof Virginia Berridge is a social historian with a first degree and a PhD in history, both from the University of London. Virginia has worked in historical and non-historical settings, at the Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.  She was scientific secretary to the cross department and research council Drug Addiction Research Initiative and joined the School in 1988 as Co-Director of the AIDS Social History Programme. The current School History Centre  of which Virginia was first Director, has developed from that initial programme.

Prof Berridge is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science and honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and of the Royal College of Physicians.

Her current research encompasses both epidemic and chronic disease histories of public health and is active in several collaborations relating COVID and history.

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