Professor Amanda Ellison is a neuroscientist and physiologist who never got past the why phase. This approach has served her well as Executive Director of the Wolfson Research Institute as she not only gets to help our fellowship understand the various influences on our health and wellbeing and how they manifest themselves, but she also gets to support them make real change across our region and our world. Her research seeks to bridge the gap between basic research related to how the brain works and effective rehabilitation paradigms when behaviour is affected by brain damage.
In her spare time, she writes popular science books.
Barbara is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Durham University Business School (DUBS). She is a social scientist, she developed and led multidisciplinary projects and managed international project teams. With her international and interdisciplinary research, she contributes to policy debates around new forms of employment and their regulation. She is especially interested in the link between employment and health. Her research extends beyond the workplace by investigating interventions and support provided by social partner organisations at organisational, national and transnational level to improve the health and safety of workers.
Brian joined the Department of Sociology at Durham University in 2018. Trained as a sociologist, clinical psychologist and methodologist, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry (Northeast Ohio Medical University); Co-Editor of the Routledge Complexity in Social Science series; Co-Editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and on the editorial board for Complexity, Governance and Networks. My areas of research are the complexities of place and health, communities and global civil society, computational modeling and mixed-methods, complexity theory and policy evaluation and big data and digital sociology
Brian is resolutely international and interdisciplinary in his work, regularly publishing with colleagues from across the entire academy – from maths and physics to medicine and environmental science – and around the world. Brian's work is also juxtaposed between the theoretical, methodological and applied, with his research, at any given moment, moving variously from one emphasis to the other.
Thorsten has worked at Durham University since 2010. His published works include a book on Roman authors' attitudes towards the Latin language ('Patrii sermonis egestas': Einstellungen lateinischer Autoren zu ihrer Muttersprache, Munich & Leipzig 2000: Saur) and a study dealing with Roman technical writing (Wissen, Kommunikation und Selbstdarstellung. Zur Struktur und Charakteristik römischer Fachtexte der frühen Kaiserzeit, Munich 2009: C.H.Beck).
He has edited ten volumes, most recently Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century: Case Studies (Berlin & Boston 2016: De Gruyter; edited together with Richard Warren), Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (Berlin & Boston 2017: De Gruyter; edited with Edmund Thomas), and Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography (Oxford 2018: Oxford University Press; edited with Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering & Ingo Gildenhard).
With a pronounced interest in interdisciplinary work, the main focus of current research is on forms of doctor-patient relationships in ancient literature, late antique technical writing, including medical texts, and the role of emotions in ancient scientific literature.
Jonathan is an Associate Professor and joined the Department of Sociology as a Research Fellow in 2007, working in the field of health inequalities. His research in this area focuses on the application of qualitative comparative analysis to health inequalities and links to broader debates about governance and public policy implementation. He subsequently worked on a number of projects concentrating on climate change adaptation in health and social care systems. He recently completed a book called Social Policy, Political Economy and the Social Contract that ties together a range of diverse but related research interests, through employing complexity and social contract theory to understand the trajectory of the political economy and its interrelationship with policy. I am now working on research into the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda alongside ongoing research into health inequalities and the impact of air pollution on brain health.
Suzanne is the Senior Officer of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Suzanne is responsible for the day to day running of the Institute, dealing with matters pertaining to HR, budget, committee support and management, project support and Fellowship support. She is responsible for the Institute website, fortnightly newsletter and social media accounts.