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Professor Amanda Ellison

Professor Amanda Ellison

Executive Director


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. 

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Associate Professor Barbara Bechter



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.

Professor Brian Castellani



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.


Associate Professor Dr Thorsten Fögen



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. 


Associate Professor Zach W. Y. Lee

ECR Director


Zach W. Y. Lee is an Associate Professor at Durham University Business School and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research interests include online consumer behaviours (e.g., online consumer engagement, omnichannel marketing), organisational and societal implications of IT use (e.g., workplace cyberdeviance, technology addiction, cyberbullying, and well-being), social media (e.g., social media firestorm), and digital service innovation (e.g., blockchain, artificial intelligence). He has organised tracks and mini-tracks on related topics in international conferences. He has published in international journals such as Industrial Marketing Management, Information Systems Journal, Information & Management, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems and among others. Zach serves as an Associate Editor of Internet Research and is an editorial board member of Industrial Management & Data Systems.

Mrs Suzanne Boyd

Mrs Suzanne Boyd (DipHE)

Senior Officer


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.