Professor Mark Jackson - Centre Director
I graduated initially in Immunology (BSc, 1982) and then in medicine (MB BS, 1985) from St. Thomas’ Hospital, University of London. Following a brief period in clinical practice, I completed doctoral studies, funded by the British Academy, at the University of Leeds on the history of infanticide in eighteenth-century England.
Having taught undergraduate history and philosophy of science at Leeds, I moved to the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Manchester, where I lectured on the history of science and medicine before being awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for research on the history of 'mental deficiency’.
Professor Katrina Wyatt - Deputy Director (Public Engagement)
My undergraduate degree and PhD were in biological chemistry and I worked in a drug discovery biochemistry lab for a pharmaceutical company for four years following my PhD. I then moved into health research, working for the Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Child Health at Keele University/ North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust.
During this period I co-developed a computer based tool for assessing menstrual cycle symptoms and conducted several systematic reviews looking at the effectiveness of prescribed or over the counter treatments for premenstrual syndrome.
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 studied Geography at Durham and undertook an MPhil and PhD at the University of Bristol. The PhD was concerned with public engagement in environmental issues and involved work in the UK and Denmark with a stint at the European Parliament.
After this I lectured at Cambridge, Keele and then the Open Universities. At Keele I was involved with the path-breaking Centre for Social Theory and Technology (CSTT) with John Law and many others. At the OU I worked within a vibrant Geography department and contributing to and chairing interdisciplinary teams on social science, urban and environmental courses.
Dr Gillian Baker - Centre Manager
I was trained as an Ecologist and undertook postdoctoral research in the UK, Indonesia and South Africa in the areas of conservation, molecular ecology and biotechnology. I have been managing research centres since 2001. Firstly, the Advanced Research Centre for Applied Microbiology in South Africa, then Brighton & Sussex Medical School Research Building. From 2008-2017, I was the Operations & Finance Manager for the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility.
I have a particular interest in public involvement and engagement and have been actively involved in public involvement groups since 2009.
Dr Ann Grand - Public Engagement Manager
I started my working life as a science teacher in secondary schools in Derbyshire and Devon. While teaching, I took my undergraduate degree with the Open University. After leaving that career, I spent several years in a mix of writing educational and games software, technical authoring, co-director of a small company and voluntary work. In 2009, I went back to university to research for a PhD in open science and public engagement. After that, I have worked as a researcher and lecturer in the University of the West of England, Bristol, the Open University and the University of Western Australia.
I’ve been a volunteer in the international Café Scientifique movement since 2003. Since 2010, I’ve been the closest thing the network has to a leader; I advise, support and mentor café organisers around the world and maintain the network’s website.
Lucy Hodges - Centre Administrator
My academic background is in the Humanities – I have a BA (Hons) in English Studies, and an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies (my first introduction to interdisciplinary research, when I combined literature, gender studies and history!). I graduated from the latter in 2010, and have worked in universities ever since.
I moved to the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health in November 2017.
Professor Lora Fleming
I graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Hispanic Studies in 1978, followed by a MSc in the History of Science at Imperial College, London University in 1979.
I studied Occupational and Environmental Health in the context of a post graduate MD MPH at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Public Health School graduating in 1984 with a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fellowship; and after a Post Doc in Occupational and Environmental Health at Yale Medical School as a Dana Fellow, I obtained my PhD in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology from Yale in 1997, while also an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Professor Nick Groom
I was educated at the University of Oxford, graduating with a double first in English Language and Literature followed by a DPhil in eighteenth-century literature.
I took up a full-time teaching appointment at the University of Exeter in 1992 and wrote five books before taking up a visiting professorship at Stanford University and then moving to the University of Bristol. At Bristol I established the Centre for Romantic Studies and worked with colleagues in immunology and public health and, as general editor, published work on sexuality, diet, and science in the period 1750-1850.
Professor Linda Clare
I direct the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH), which is a joint venture between the School of Psychology, the University of Exeter Medical School and PenCLAHRC. REACH is also linked with the University’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health and with the Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health at the Australian National University.
My research aims to improve the lives of older people and people who are living with dementia or other age-related neurodegenerative conditions by promoting well-being, preventing or reducing age-related disability, and improving rehabilitation and care.
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 an economist by background that specializes in big data for health and environmental research. I joined the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in the University of Exeter Medical School in January 2016.
My research is specifically driven by policy and I have been involved in collaborate research awards with the WHO, NHS (ESRC funded), Health Research Board (HRB) Ireland, Teagasc, Ireland, IMERC (industry funded) Ireland, the OECD (OECD funded), the Office of the Prime Minister, Mauritius, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (ESRC funded), the Marine Institute, Ireland and the Devon and Cornwall Police.
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 graduated from University College London with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Geography, and then spent several years working in the international NGO sector, focusing on educational provision and development in post-conflict states within sub-Saharan Africa. I returned to academia to undertake a PhD on the impacts of HIV and AIDS on rural livelihoods in Namibia.
Since then, I have worked across a number of academic disciplines to understand and seek to address the social and cultural factors that perpetuate health inequalities. Within this, my work has focused around the health and wellbeing of low-income communities; migrant health; sexual health; environmental injustice; and the promotion of healthy schools.
Dr Dora Vargha
I completed my PhD in 2013 in Modern European History and Women and Gender history at Rutgers University. During my doctoral training I spent time as research assistant at the Center for Race and Ethnicity; Excellence Fellow at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Ageing Research at Rutgers University; PhD intern at the Cold War History Research Center in Budapest; and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
Upon completion of my PhD I joined The Reluctant Internationalists research group at Birkbeck, University of London as postdoctoral fellow.
Dr Luna Dolezal
I am currently a lecturer in Medical Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. My research is primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities (esp. through literature and philosophy).
My recent monograph, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, 2015), considers philosophical conceptions of embodied subjectivity through the work of the phenomenological thinkers Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre, while engaging with feminist and medical scholarship on cosmetic surgery.
I am a disabled women and a disability activist. For 14 years I was a research fellow at the University of Exeter, where I was the Director of the Department of Health funded Folk.us, (Forum for Collaboration with Users in Research) research project. The aim of Folk.us was to change research culture in Health and Social Care so that research and the implementation of research results reflects the inspirations and issues of those who use health and social care services. I also was a freelance trainer in Disability Equality Issues using a Social Model approach and one that is rooted in the experience of disabled people. I am published in both fields. I medically retired in 2014. I now advise on involvement, engagement and disabled peoples’ issues for a number of organisations. I hold a Master of Arts in Disability Studies.
I graduated initially in Psychology (BSc, 2009), followed by masters degrees in Continental Philosophy (MA, 2010) and Creative Writing (MA, 2011), for which I won the 2012 Janklow & Nesbit award.
I am now in the process of completing a Creative Writing PhD at Bath Spa University and the University of Exeter, funded by the AHRC.
My first novel, The Many Selves of Katherine North, was published by Bloomsbury in 2016 and I was commissioned to write a series of short stories for the collection Stories of the Stranger, Bene Factum 2014.