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Eilidh Garrett BSc PhD

Eilidh Garrett BSc PhD

CAMPOP Affiliated Researcher, the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

Historical demographer working on the demography of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain.

I work on contract from home in Sheffield, but I am happy to meet in Cambridge by prior arrangement.



  • 2015-December 2017: Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Essex
  • 2012 -2015 : Casual Research Worker, School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St. Andrews.
  • 2010 -2011: Senior Research Associate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, funded by Leverhulme Trust
  • 2006 -2009: Data Developer, Joint Project, Departments of History, Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield
  • 2003 - 2008 Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge Funded by Wellcome Trust.
  • 2001-2003 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth. Funded by Wellcome Trust
  • 1991-2000 Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge
  • 1988-91: Lecturer in Population Studies, London School of Economics
  • 1987-88: Temporary Lecturer in Population Geography University of Leeds
  • 1985-87: Research Fellow Regional Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Policy/Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen
  • 1982-1985: PhD Student, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield.
  • 1981-82: Apprentice Genealogist Institute of Heraldry and Genealogy, Canterbury, Kent.


  • BSc Geography, University of St. Andrews
  • PhD Geography, University of Sheffield


Nineteenth and early twentieth century demography of the British Isles, particularly fertility behaviour and mortality decline, with a growing interest in the impact of migration flows on demographic rates. I have worked in close collaboration with members of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and the History Faculty over many years, considering the demography of Victorian Scotland, with Alice Reid and Ros Davies, the demography of Edwardian England and Wales with Kevin Schurer, Alice Reid, Richard Wall and Simon Szreter, and exploring the factors underlying infant mortality Belfast during the first decade of the twentieth century with Alice Reid and Simon Szreter. Our work on Scotland was undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Andrew Blaikie, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen. I also worked with Dr. Peter Razzell, University of Essex, on an ESRC funded project linking late nineteenth century census material to the vaccination birth and death registers for the town of Ipswich.

For a number of years I have been a contributor to the Digitising Scotland project, now based at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2015 I have been working for the University of Essex on the Atlas of Victorian Fertility Project, based at the Cambridge Group

My research has involved extensive transcription, cleaning, coding, linkage and analysis of individual level census and civil register material along with other late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century sources.


  • Alice Reid, Eilidh Garrett & Simon Szreter (2016), 'Residential mobility and child mortality in early twentieth century Belfast', pp 55-76 in New approaches of death in cities during the health transition, Diego Ramiro Farinas & Michel Oris, (eds), Springer
  • Reid, Alice; Garrett, Eilidh; Dibben, Chris; Williamson, Lee (2016): A century of deaths, Scotland 1855-1955: a view from the civil registers. In Jupp, Peter (Ed.): Death in Modern Scotland, Peter Lang.
  • Alice Reid, Eilidh Garrett, Chris Dibben and Lee Williamson (2016) Gender specific mortality trends over the epidemiological transition: a view from the British mainland 1850-2000 pp. 73-88. In Martin Dinges and Andreas Weigl (eds.) Gender-specific life expectancy in Europe 1850-2010 [Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin Robert Bosch Stiftung; Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart]
  • Reid, A., Garrett, E., Dibben, C. & Williamson, L. 11 Feb 2015 History of the Family 20,3. 'A confession of ignorance': deaths from old age and deciphering cause-of-death statistics in Scotland, 1855-1949
  • E. Garrett, A. Reid, C. Dibben and L. Williamson (2015) Introducing 'movers' into community reconstructions: linking civil regsiters of vital events to local and national census data: a Scottish experiment' in Bloodhooft, Christen et al Population Reconstruction, Springer.
  • G. Kirby, J. Carson, F. Dunlop, C. Dibben, A. Dearle, L. Williamson, E. Garrett & A. Reid (2015) 'Automatic methods for coding historical occupation descriptions to standard classifications' in Bloothooft et al. Population Reconstruction, Springer.
  • Carson, J. K., Kirby, G. N. C., Dearle, A., Williamson, L., Garrett, E., Reid, A. & Dibben, C. J. L. 'Exploiting historical registers: Automatic methods for coding c19th and c20th cause of death descriptions to standard classifications' 5 Mar 2013 New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics. Eurostat, p. 598-607
  • Reid and E. Garrett (2012) 'Doctors and the causes of neonatal death in nineteenth century Scotland' Annales de Démographie Historique 1, pp. 149-179.
  • Galley, E. Garrett, R. Davies and A. Reid (2012) 'Living same-name siblings and English historical demography; a final comment' Local Population Studies 88, pp.82-3.
  • E. Garrett, A. Reid and S. Szreter (2010, published 2012) 'Fertility and child mortality in a household setting: comparative perspectives from UK censuses, 1861-1921.' Popolazione e Storia 2 pp.59-82
  • Galley, E.Garrett, A.Reid and R. Davies (2011) 'Living same-name siblings and English historical demography - a reply to Peter Razzell.' Local Population Studies 87, pp. 70-77.
  • Galley, E.Garrett, A.Reid and R. Davies (2011) 'Living same-name siblings and British historical demography'Local Population Studies 86, pp.15-36
  • Garrett (2007)' The dawning of a new era? Women's work in England and Wales at the turn of the twentieth century' in N. Goose (ed.) Women's Work in Industrial England: Regional and Local Perspectives A Local Population Studies Supplement pp. 314-362.
  • Garrett, C. Galley, N. Shelton and R. Woods (eds.) (2006) Infant mortality: a continuing social problem (Ashgate)
  • E. Garrett (2006) 'Urban-rural differences in infant mortality: a view from the death registers of Skye and Kilmarnock' in Garrett, Galley, Shelton and Woods (eds.), pp. 119-148.
  • R. Davies and E. Garrett (2005) 'More Irish than the Irish? Nuptiality and fertility patterns on the Isle of Skye, 1881-1891' in Morris, R.J. and L. Kennedy (eds.) Ireland and Scotland; order and disorder, 1600-2000. (John Donald) pp 85-100.
  • Blaikie, Garrett, E. and Davies R., (2005) 'Migration, living strategies and illegitimate childbearing: a comparison of two Scottish settings, 1871-1881', in Levene, A. Nutt, T and Williams, S. (eds.) Illegitimacy in Britain, 1700-1920 . (Palgrave) pp 141-167.
  • E. Garrett (2004) 'Close to the truth or far from the fact? Reassessing vital statistics isomh individual data and nominal record linkage, Skye and Kilmarnock, 1861-1901' Paper presented at Wellcome Symposium on 'Birth pangs and death throes:the creation of vital statistics in Scotland and England', University of Glasgow. Proceedings published at:
  • E. Garrett and R. Davies (2003), 'Birth spacing and infant mortality on the Isle of Skye, Scotland in the 1880s; a comparison with the town of Ipswich, England' Local Population Studies, 71 pp. 53-74.
  • E. Garrett, A. Reid, K. Schürer & S. Szreter (2001), Changing family size in England and Wales: place, class and demography, 1891-1911. (Cambridge University Press)
  • S. Szreter & E. Garrett (2000), 'Reproduction, compositional demography, and economic growth: family planning in England long before the fertility decline' Population and Development Review26,1 pp. 45-80.
  • E. Garrett (1998), 'Was women's work bad for babies? A view from the 1911 census of England and Wales.' Continuity and Change, 13,2 pp. 281-316.
  • E. Garrett (1997), 'Thinking of England and taking care: family building strategies in England and Wales, 1891-1911' in R. Rowland & I. Moll Blanes (eds.) La demografia y la historia de la familia(Universidad de Murcia).
  • E. Garrett (1995), 'The dawning of an new era? Women's work in England and Wales at the turn of the twentieth century' Social History/Histoire Sociale, XXVIII, 56 pp. 421-464.
  • E. Garrett and A. Reid (1995), "Thinking of England and Taking Care: family building strategies and infant mortality in England and Wales, 1891-1911' International Journal of Population Geography 1. pp. 69-102.
  • E. Garrett and A. Reid (1994), "Satanic Mills, Pleasant Lands: spatial variation in women's work, fertility and infant mortality as viewed from the 1911 census' Historical Research 67, 163 pp. 156-177
  • E. Garrett and A. Weir (1994),'Suffer the little children: mortality, mothers and the State' Continuity and Change 9,2 pp. 179-184.
  • Erickson and E. Garrett on behalf of the Women's Committee of the Economic History Society (1993), Women in Economic and Social History UK Research Register.
  • Southall and E. Garrett (1991) "Morbidity and mortality among early 19th century engineering workers", Social History of Medicine. 4,2 p231-252
  • E. M. Garrett (1990), "The trials of labour: motherhood versus employment in a nineteenth-century textile centre', Continuity and Change 5, 1.
  • E. M. Garrett (1983), "In Search of Scottish Roots", Family History (Journal of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies) Vol. 12, New Series 71-72, pp. 318-325.


In the past I have undertaken undergraduate and graduate teaching for the Faculties of History, Economics and Sociology. I have also conducted undergraduate supervisions for the School of Geography and supervised doctoral students for both the Open University and the University of Sheffield.

External activities

  • Member of British Society for Population Studies, Local Population Studies Society.
  • Past Editor of Continuity & Change.
  • Occasional Language Editor for Population Studies and Continuity and Change.