Barbara Ana Revuelta Eugercios

Barbara Ana Revuelta Eugercios

Guest Researcher

My main interest is in health and mortality in historical settings, particularly infant health and mortality, parental effects on infant health, and socio-economic differences in mortality. I also work with contemporary data on demographic outcomes. I am part of the BioHistory Research Group led by Prof. Anne Løkke and the Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRE)

I got my PhD from Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a thesis entitled “Los usos de la Inclusa de Madrid: mortalidad y retorno a principios del siglo XX (1890-1935)” [The uses of the Foundling Hospital of Madrid: mortality and retrieval at the beginning of the 20th century (1890-1935)], where I mixed classical social history approaches with quantitative analysis from historical demography. Afterwards, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at urrently working at the the Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University and at the Institute National d’Etudes Demographiques in Paris (France).

Primary fields of research

  • Historical demography
  • Population history
  • History of infant abandonment
  • Infant mortality
  • Mortality decline
  • Socio-economic differences in mortality in the past
  • History of Madrid

Current research

My current project is a Mobilex Mobility Grant, financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research and FP7 Marie Curie Actions- COFUND (reference DFF-1321-00136) entitled A Tale of Two Cities: inequality in death Copenhagen in Madrid in the late 19th and early 20th century. It aims at studying the relationship between occupation, often used as an indicator of socioeconomic status, and the mortality risk of individuals in two European cities, Copenhagen and Madrid, in late 19th and early 20th century. In order to do address this issue, reconstructed life courses (based on linked records on individual through the census, birth, death, migration and marriage information) will be created for the city of Copenhagen (1880-1885), the Copenhagen Historical Population Database, and compared to a similar data already available for Madrid. Results will illuminate whether and why mortality was higher for the working classes, and whether there were particular subpopulations at risk within the city: particular occupations, neighborhoods, age or gender groups.


Areas of specialized teaching

  • Quantitative methods for historians
  • History of population
  • History of Spain

I am currently one of three teachers in the course: "Modul 1; Kroppenes politik, kroppenes historicitet" (Master course, compulsory, Autumn 22015)

I can supervise Master thesis on topics on social and economic history, particularly engaging with issues that intercept with population and individuals lifecourses (health, mortality, migration, fertility but also social mobility from any methodological approach) from cultural and quantitative approaches. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Understanding infant mortality in the city: exploring registration and compositional effects. Madrid, 1905-1906

    Revuelta Eugercios, Barbara Ana & Ramiro-Fariñas, D., 2016, New Aproaches to Death in Cities During the Demographic Transition. Ramiro Farinas, D. (ed.). Springer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Illegitimate and abandoned, a double mortality penalty? Mortality of illegitimate foundlings in the Foundling Hospital of Madrid, La Inclusa, 1890-1935

    Revuelta Eugercios, Barbara Ana, 2013, In: History of the Family. 18, 1, p. 44 67 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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