Sarah Rafferty has a BA from the University of Nottingham, specialising in Medical Geography.
She was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Historical Geography Research Group ‘Highly Commended’ Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for research into historical smallpox.
Sarah has published two academic papers in The Journal of Historical Geography and Social Science and Medicine both on historical smallpox - one directly from her dissertation and the other on the disease’s association with coalmining communities in Britain.
She has also completed an MSc in Demography & Health from LSHTM, during which time she volunteered at RSTMH, completing an archiving project and helping with small grants.
In September 2018, she started a funded PhD at the University of Cambridge in the Geography department. Her thesis will explore the variations in infant mortality decline in London, 1870-1929 and will focus on demographic, political and social reforms and how they influenced this health outcome.