Our team of academics are drawn from the Colleges of Humanities, Social Sciences and International Studies, Life & Environmental Sciences and Medicine & Health. Our unique interdisciplinary team sheds a different light on our areas of research and allows us to imagine new and innovative approaches to carry out engaged research to create and sustain cultures and environments of health.
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 Manuela Barreto
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 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.
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).
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 to complexity theory.
Professor Lora Fleming
I am an occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist.
My research interests are based around the interconnections between the health of both humans and the environment; and the public engagement with big data.
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.
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.
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, Technology 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.
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 historian of medicine, science and technology.
My research focuses on the politics of health, disease and the body, epidemic temporalities, and global health and biomedical research in the Cold War era.