Professor Mark Jackson - Centre Director
I am a medical historian and Director of the Centre.
My research interested are currently focussed around midlife and ageing. I am co-director for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Cultural Contexts of Health.
Professor Katrina Wyatt - Deputy Director (Public Engagement)
I am a social and health researcher based in the Medical School.
My research interests are primarily concerned with how we can create the conditions for health in schools, workplaces and communities and addressing health inequalities.
Professor Manuela Barreto - Deputy Director (Recruitment and Training)
I studied Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Porto, Portugal, where I graduated in 1995. In 2000, I obtained a PhD in Social Psychology at the Free University, Amsterdam, funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship. I then worked at Leiden University, also in the Netherlands, where I became an Associate Professor and received the early career prize of the Dutch Psychology Association.
I then felt the urge to go home, so in 2008 I joined the Centre for Social Research and Intervention, in Lisbon, as a full time researcher, after which I came to the University of Exeter, in 2011, as a Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology.
Professor Steve Hinchliffe - Deputy Director (Research)
I am a social and environmental geographer.
My research interests concern the relationship between publics, science, health and environment. Recent work includes understanding antibiotic uses in food production, and One Health approaches to shared human and animal health issues.
Dr Gillian Baker - Centre Manager
I am the Centre Manager.
My key role is developing the infrastructure and systems to support transdisciplinary research. I also lead the communications strategy for the Centre.
Professor Nick Groom
Popularly known as the "Prof of Goth", I specialize in Gothic literature and cultural heritage.
My current research interests focus in two areas: re-evaluating vampirism from the perspectives of social science, theology, and medicine; and investigating cultural heritage in small communities, coastal regions, and on islands.
Professor Linda Clare
I am a clinical psychologist.
My research interests focus on how we can enable people affected by dementia to ‘live well’ with the condition. I’m also interested in brain health and how we can reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Professor Anne Barlow
I graduated from Sussex University with a BA (Hons) in Law with French and European Studies. I also studied at the University of Strasbourg, France and the College of Law, London, before qualifying and practising as a solicitor in London for 10 years, specialising in Family and Housing Law.
I began my academic career as a Law lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where my research adopted a clear socio-legal focus to issues of family law and policy. In 2000, I conducted the first socio-legal research (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) to investigate the common law marriage myth, leading to a government-funded public information campaign to advise cohabiting couples about their legal situation. I joined the Law School at Exeter in 2004 and was appointed Professor of Family Law and Policy a year later.
Professor Laura Salisbury
After studying for a BA in English and European Literature at Warwick University, I completed an MA in the Theory and Practice of Modern Fiction at Exeter University in 1996. Following this, I studied for a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 2003-7, I was a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, and was then awarded an RCUK Fellowship in Science, Techology and Culture (2007-13). In 2013, I became Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
During my time at Birkbeck I became increasingly interested in Medical Humanities and worked with my colleague Joanne Winning to set up a new MA in Medical Humanities, taught in association with the Kent, Sussex and Surrey NHS Deanery. In 2013, I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Literature at Exeter University and am now an Associate Professor.
Professor Mike Depledge
I was educated at Westfield College, University of London where I gained a First Class Honours degree in Biological Sciences, (1975) and a PhD in the toxicology of marine organisms (1978).
As a post-doctoral research fellow at the Brompton Hospital, London I studied lung damage in the severely ill. Later, as a clinical scientist at the Royal Marsden Hospital, my pioneering research led to ways of reducing lung toxicity associated with whole body irradiation and bone marrow transplantation used in the treatment of leukaemia (1979-1982).
Dr Karyn Morrissey
I am a trained economist, but work in the field of social sciences more broadly.
My research interests include statistical analysis using data, both big and small, to examine issues in health and environment.
Dr Robin Durie
I wrote my PhD at Edinburgh University on the phenomenology of time and of our consciousness of time.
My first post was at Staffordshire University, where, in addition to teaching philosophy, I was also fortunate enough to set up interdisciplinary post-graduate programmes for artists and designers who wanted to conduct research in philosophy alongside their creative practice. Editing and translating a volume of Bergson’s work on Einstein’s special theory of relativity, which included the notorious debate in 1922 between the two great thinkers at the Société française de philosophie, led me to collaborate with a group of philosophers and theoretical physicists on fundamental problems of time and temporality. This work in turn led me complexity theory.
Dr Felicity Thomas
I am a social scientist and an engaged researcher. My work seeks to provide a forum for voicing the experiences and priorities of those most adversely affected by health inequalities.
My research interests are located around the theme of "good" evidence - collecting it, analysing it and using it to change policy. I am co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health.
Dr Dora Vargha
I am a medical historian.
My research interests focuses on questions of global health and biomedical research in the Cold War era, using the locality of Eastern Europe as a starting point.
Dr Luna Dolezal
I am a philosopher working in medical humanities.
My research interests are primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities (esp. through literature and philosophy).
I am the Centre's Critical Friend for Public Engagement.
My role is about creating an Engaged Research Culture where people who have first-hand experience of the issues or difficulties are at the heart all Centre's research activities.