Senior Lecturer in the History of Education, UCL Institute of Education.Profile picture of Georgina Bewis

Georgina Brewis teaches history across UCL and researches the interlinked histories of voluntary action, education, youth and students in Britain and the wider world in the 20th century.

Her first book A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond 1880-1980 (Palgrave, 2014) takes a long view of the student experience and examines students’ participation in volunteering, social service and social action. She continues to work on the history of students, including on the history of UCL and on the impact of students on universities after the First World War (via an AHRC project British Ex-Service Students and the Rebuilding of Europe, 1919-1926).

She is currently completing a co-authored book on two centuries of humanitarianism, arising from a Swedish Research Council funded project, and now is Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project Discourses of Voluntary Action which is investigating changing understandings of the role of voluntary organisations in welfare provision.

Georgina has a long-standing interest in issues of archiving and record keeping for voluntary organisations and charities and is Director of the British Academy Research Project ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’, a knowledge exchange project supporting this sector.

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