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Ian Miller is a lecturer in medical history (Britain, America and Ireland) at Ulster University with specialisms in the 19th and 20th centuries. Ian has published six books, including academic monographs on the history of force-feeding, stomach problems and post-Famine dietary change. This is complemented by a popular history book on the history of water (also translated into Japanese), an edited collection of essays on medicine and Irish conflict and a medical history textbook. 

Ian has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Centre for the History of Emotions (Berlin), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, INSERM (Paris) and the Institute for General Practice and Community Medicine (Oslo).

He is currently book review editor for Social History of Medicine, HEA fellow, member of the AHRC Peer Review College and regular board member and assessor for the Irish Research Council postgraduate and postdoctoral funding schemes.

Ian regularly contributes to Times Literary SupplementGuardian and Irish Times. He has organised public exhibitions and events at Kilmainham Goal (Dublin) and around Belfast and has acted as historical consultant on the movie SuffragetteBobby Sands: 1981 (Fine Point Films), various BBC television shows and a Los Angeles-based play. He has authored policy pieces on food poverty and the ethics of hunger strike management and makes regular radio appearances.

Ian completed a PhD in history at University of Manchester and has since worked at University of Sheffield, Ulster University and University College Dublin. He has delivered various academic and public presentations across Britain and Europe at locations including universities in Barcelona, Cambridge, Amsterdam, Oslo, Paris, Oxford, London, Zurich, Venice and Dublin.

Ian is Course Director for the MA in History programme and is on the supervisory team for five PhD students. He teaches specialist modules in medical history at 2nd and 3rd year level. He has introduced new postgraduate modules in areas including public history and emotions history.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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