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UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

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UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
DeanProfessor Sasha Roseneil
Academic staff
777 (as of December 2018)[1]
Administrative staff
291 (as of December 2018)[1]
Andrew Huxley Building
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The UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences is one of the 11 constituent faculties of University College London (UCL).[3] The current Executive Dean of the Faculty is Professor Sasha Roseneil, having been appointed from September 2018.[4]


19th century

The Chair of Political Economy at UCL was created in 1827 in memory of David Ricardo, establishing the first Department of Economics in England.[5] The first holder of the chair was John Ramsay McCulloch.[5] In 1833 Alexander Maconochie was appointed as Professor of Geography at UCL, the first such appointment in the British Isles.[6][7] In 1853 Gottfried Kinkel gave a series of lectures on medieval art at UCL.[8] William Stanley Jevons held a professorship of Economics at UCL between 1876 and 1880.[5]

20th century

In 1922 Tancred Borenius became the first holder of the UCL Chair in History of Art, a post he held until his death in 1948.[8] He was succeeded by Rudolf Wittkower from 1948 to 1956 and Ernst Gombrich from 1956 to 1959.[8][9] Ronald Fisher was Professor of Eugenics at UCL between 1933 and 1939.[10] Ian Christie was a reader of History from 1960 to 1966, Professor of History from 1966 to 1979, Chairman of the History Department from 1975 to 1979 and Astor Professor of British History from 1979 to 1984.[11] Between 1962 and 1972 Peter Ucko was lecturer in anthropology at UCL.[12] Sir Robert Rees Davies was a lecturer in the Department of History between 1963 and 1976.[13] UCL merged with the Institute of Archaeology in 1986.[14] The Constitution Unit was established in April 1995.[15] The School of Slavonic and East European Studies merged with UCL in 1999.[16]

21st century

In May 2003, a team from the Department of Anthropology published a major piece of research on the possible link between the amount of food that a mother has to eat and the gender of her children.[17] In May 2006 a report co-authored by James Banks of the Department of Economics was published which concluded that rates of diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer and high-blood pressure were up to twice as high among Americans aged between 55 and 64 as among English people of the same age group.[18] Between 1997 and 2007 Lindsey Hughes was a Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.[19] In May 2009 a major report on the health risks posed by global warming co-authored by Mark Maslin, the Director of the Environment Institute, was published.[20] In January 2010 Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway of the History Department discovered fragments of the Gregorian Codex, an important Roman law code that previously had been thought lost forever.[21]


The Faculty currently comprises the following nine Departments and Institutes:[22]


The Faculty is closely involved with the following research centres and institutes:

  • Centre for Applied Archaeology
  • Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology
  • Centre for Digital Anthropology
  • Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice
  • Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies
  • Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC)
  • Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics
  • Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies
  • Centre for Transnational History
  • China Centre for Health & Humanity
  • Climate and Water Research Unit
  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Centre
  • Constitution Unit
  • Environment Institute
  • Environmental Change Research Centre
  • Institute for Subjectivity and the Cultural Imagination
  • International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology
  • Laboratory for the Ethnography of the UK
  • Migration Research Unit
  • The Equiano Centre
  • Urban Lab


In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UCL is ranked 11th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Social Sciences,[23] and sixth globally (third in Europe) in Arts and Humanities.[24]

In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject, UCL is ranked eighth (fourth in Europe) for Geography, 17th (fifth in Europe) for Economics & Econometrics, 17th for History, and 44th for Politics and International Studies.[25]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Annual Review 2019". [UCL]. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Student statistics". [UCL]. 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ "The Academic Units of UCL". University College London. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Leadership team". UCL. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "London and the early history of economics and statistics" (PDF). Institute for Fiscal Studies. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Biography of Alexander Maconochie". ACT Corrective Services. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. ^ "A Very Brief History of the Department". UCL Department of Geography. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "History of the Department". UCL History of Art Department. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Obituary: Sir Ernst Gombrich OM". The Telegraph. 6 November 2001. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  10. ^ Box, Joan Fisher (1978). R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. New York: Wiley.
  11. ^ "Obituary: Professor Ian R. Christie". The Independent. 5 December 1998. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Professor Peter Ucko". The Independent. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Professor Sir Rees Davies". The Telegraph. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  14. ^ "The merger and the man". The Guardian. 22 October 2002. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  15. ^ "Sift, stir and reconstitute". Times Higher Education. 25 July 1997. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Blessings of union". Times Higher Education. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Famine link to girl births". BBC News. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  18. ^ "We are healthier than US, but the weight gap may be closing". The Times. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  19. ^ "Obituary: Lindsey Hughes". The Guardian. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  20. ^ "Professor Anthony Costello: climate change biggest threat to humans". The Times. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Cracking the codex: Long lost Roman legal document discovered". The Independent. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  22. ^ "Academic Departments by Faculty". University College London. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  23. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2020 by subject: social sciences". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  24. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2020 by subject: arts and humanities". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  25. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 23 March 2020.

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