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The Institute's Fellows come from a diverse range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds across Durham University and organisations with which we collaborate. To help you identify collaborators and experts relevant to your interests, you can contact us, or view our list of fellows.

Fellowship is open to all academic and research staff of the University who subscribe to the Institute’s aims and undertake and publish research using an Institute affiliation. It is recognised that Fellows will have other affiliations, especially their home Department/School. Given the Institute’s roles in contributing to projects that often have several stakeholders, and promoting Durham’s research on health and wellbeing as a common enterprise with a major profile, it will often be the case that a Fellow’s work is associated with more than one reporting arrangement, such as both Department/School and Institute web sites.

The purpose of Fellowship is to create a research community that subscribes to the Institute's aims and has the opportunity to share in its activities, resources, support and collective reputation.

If you would like to apply to become a Fellow please complete this form. 

The Institute also offers Postgraduate students the opportunity to become Postgraduate Associates (PGA) of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. The Institute’s Postgraduate Associates scheme is open to all Postgraduates, from any department within the University, who subscribe to the aims of the Institute and undertake to acknowledge the Institute when presenting or publishing their work.

Our fellows



Dr Nasmia Akhter

Health inequality, Nutritional assessment, Obesity, Evaluation of intervention, Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK, Food security and livelihood

Dr Ben Alderson-Day

Psychological continuities between clinical and non-clinical populations who hear voices

Dr Carrie Ambler

Biomedical and Cell Science

Prof. Elizabeth Archibald


Dr Andrea Armstrong

Community-based participatory research, urban transformations and community energy.

Dr Anthony Atkinson

Social cognitive neuroscience

Prof. Sarah Atkinson

Social science for medical humanities

Prof. Helen Ball

Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep

Dr Jennifer Badham

Complex systems, computational methods, models as communication tools, participatory and interdisciplinary methods

Prof. Sarah Banks

Professional ethics, community development

Prof. Jens Beckmann

Cognitive Abilities

Dr Nadin Beckmann

Educational Psychology

Prof. Gillian Bentley

Developmental Effects on Reproductive Function in Migrant Bangladeshi Women

Dr Vikki Boliver

Educational inequalities, especially social class and ethnic inequalities of access to higher status universities, social stratification and mobility, quantitative research methods

Dr Lynda Boothroyd

Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology

Paul Braidford


Dr Toby Breckon

Computer vision and image processing

Dr Hannah Brown

Zoonotic diseases. Care, nursing, HIV/AIDS, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, hospitals

Emeritus Prof. David Budgen

Software service-based brokering technologies

Dr Steven Burrell

Men, Masculinities, violence, gender norms, inequalities
Dr Mike Burt

Perception of facial expressions

Dr Camila Caiado

Bayesian approaches to modelling and uncertainty quantification

Dr Martin Cann

Cell biology of bicarbonate and carbon dioxide

Dr Soazig Casteau

Visual attention and saccadic eye movements

Prof. Brian Castellani

Complexities of place and health, Communities and global civil society, Computational modelling and mixed-methods, Complexity theory and policy evaluation, Big data and digital sociology

Prof. Emma Cave

Medical law and ethics, human rights

Helen Charnley

Community Care policy and practice in the UK

Dr Atanu Chaudhuri

Evaluation of applicability of digital technologies like 3D printing and artificial intelligence in healthcare

Dr Paul Chazot

Characterisation and validation of novel drug targets

Prof. Charlotte Clarke

Executive Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Dr Steven Cobb

Development of new peptide agents for the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis, development of new sanitation technologies

Prof. Chris Cook

Spirituality and psychiatry

Prof. Frank Coolen

Statistics and decision support

Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi

Developing statistical methodology for practical problems

Dr Judith Covey


Robert Cramb

Quantitative measurements of physical activity can be used to help underpin health-based interventions

Dr Helen Cramman

Education evaluation, widening participation and access to STEM subjects including gender equality in STEM subjects

Prof. Richard Crisp

Social psychology, from stereotyping to social influence, from attitudes to attraction

Dr Vincent Croset

Measuring how nutrition affects gene expression in the brain, at the single-cell level

Prof. Sarah Curtis

Geographical dimensions of inequalities of health and health care

Prof. Douglas Davies

Death, ritual and belief, Mormon religion

Dr Paul Denny

The role of lipid biosynthesis and membrane trafficking in host-pathogen interactions

Dr Michelle de Gruchy

Climate, landscape, settlement and society

Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds

Energy regulation and weight management both physical activity and dietary perspectives

Prof. Alex Easton

Animal Models of Episodic Memory, Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

Prof. Amanda Ellison

Neuroscientific basis of vision,  neuronal disruption in migraine headache, visuomotor systems

Prof. Olga Epitropaki

Social cognition, identity and dyadic/group processes related to leadership.

Prof. Kiran Fernandes

Operations management, innovation diffusion, complex systems

Prof. Charles Fernyhough

Cognitive-developmental approaches to psychosis and other disorders

Prof. Andrew Gallant

Micromachining, RF MEMS, THz technology, Wafer level packaging

Dr Lian Gan

Experimental fluid mechanics: turbulence & vortex dynamics, Particle Image Velocimetry: application & technique development

Prof. Stephen Gorard

Education and social justice, Equity and effectiveness in lifelong education, Quality of education research

Prof. Rebecca Gowland

Health and demography in the Roman world, Skeletal ageing and age as an aspect of social identity,

Prof. Leslie Graham

Strategy, change management and leadership

Dr Helen Gray

Practical science lessons in secondary schools

Dr Patrick Gray


Prof. John Girkin

Advanced photonics and optical technology

Prof. Simon Hackett

Interpersonal violence,  child maltreatment and child welfare

Prof. Kate Hampshire

Health, well-being and mobility

Dr Mary Hanley

Social attention, cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders

Dr Markus Hausmann

Psychoneuroendocrinology, Neuropsychology of sex and gender

Mr Spencer Hedger

Labour markets and the relationship between work, worklessness and health

Mr Peter Henderson

Labour markets and the relationship between work, worklessness and health

Prof. Steve Higgins

ICT and digital technologies in schools, educational philosophy of Pragmatism and the implications for teaching and learning.

Dr Karen Hind

Osteoporosis, bone, health, body composition, physical Activity and Athelete Health

Dr Claire Horwell

Volcanic health hazards

Prof. Ray Hudson

Economic & social regeneration in 'old' industrial regions

Dr Fusako Innami

The body, senses, love and intimacy, affect, sleep and performative language

Dr Kimberly Jamie

Patient beliefs about health and wellbeing and the impact of this on behaviours such as exercise and medicines use

Dr Alison Jobe

Adult Deafness, and Identity

Prof. Karen Johnson

Passive treatment of contaminated waters and soils

Dr Laura Johnston

En'light'en project

Karen Jones

RCTs and Quantitative Research methods

Dr Iakowos Karakesisoglou

Cytoskeleton Linker Proteins, Nuclear Envelope Structure and Function, Premature and Physiological Ageing, Laminopathies, Tissue and Animal Morphogenesis

Dr Bob Kentridge

How objects and events are represented in the brain

Dr Matthew O. Kitching

Biological principles in synthetic chemistry to achieve temporal and spatial patterning of reactivity and materials

Dr Alison Lane

Neural mechanisms of visual attention and perception

Dr Colin Lever

Memory and anxiety in animals and humans in youth and age

Dr Sue Lewis

Socio-cultural determinants of health and health inequalities

Dr Stephanie Lichtenfeld

Emotion, Emotion Regulation, Motivation, Elementary School Students Wellbeing, Forgiveness

Dr Jane Lidstone

Cognitive development and mental health in autism spectrum disorder

Prof. Steve Lindsay


Dr Iain Lindsey

Health, wellbeing and social change through engaging young people in sport and physical activity programme

Prof. Gordon Love

Optics and Photonics

Prof. Jane Macnaughton

Literature and medicine, philosophy and history of medicine

Dr Lindsay Macnaughton

Body composition and athlete wellbeing Improving sport nutrition practice Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) as a tool to measure recovery from Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) 

Prof. Holger Maehle

History of medicine and the life sciences

Dr Laura Mazzoli Smith

Narrative-based learning in healthcare education, evaluation in healthcare implementation and education, patient/citizen voice in healthcare, impact of poverty on health and wellbeing

Prof. Anthony McGregor

Animal learning and cognition

Mrs Victoria Menzies

Wellbeing related to education, research synthesis, evaluation of educational interventions and peer monitoring

Dr Victoria Money

X-ray crystallography, viral encoded proteins from highly infectious human and animal pathogens.

Dr Tiago Moreira

Formal and 'informal' processes of health technology

Dr Kate O'Brien

Inequalities and crime:  health consequences of austerity policies on Britain's low income populations

Dr Emily Oliver

Psychological factors involved in elite performance, and in the initiation and regulation of human behaviours with a focus on those that contribute to health and wellbeing

Dr Emily Owen

Disadvantaged children and young people, inequalities, complex systems/interventions, and the use of realist evaluation and review approaches

Prof. Joe Painter

Prosaic geographies of the state

Prof. Shaun Pattinson

Medical law and ethics

Dr Cassandra Phoenix

Ageing and Active Mobilities, Everyday Ageism, Weather and Wellbeing, Coastal Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing

Dr Emke Pohl

Unravelling the three-dimensional structures of proteins associated with virulence and disease

Prof. Tess Pollard

Evolutionary perspectives on 'western' diseases

Dr Stacey Pope

Sport and physical activity - how social determinants such as gender and social class impact upon physical activity and health

Dr Emma Poulton


Mr Michael Priestley

Foucaultian theory to explore the social epidemiology of mental health in a higher education context

Prof. Roy Quinlan

Animal cell biology, cataract and amyloidosis, motor neurone disease, protein chaperones, the cytoskeleton and the eye lens and the aging process

Dr Nadja Reissland

Early mother-infant interaction

Dr Deborah Riby

Social perception, social cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders

Prof. Emeritus Charlotte Roberts

Bioarchaeological approaches to the history of disease and medicine

Dr Steve Robertson

Soil chemistry and the interactions between soil organic matter, contaminants, soil biota

Prof. Martin Roderick

Risk, pain and injury in physical activity

Dr Andrew Russell

Applied anthropology and development

Dr David Sanderson

psychological basis of learning and memory and how these processes are achieved in the brain

Prof. Corinne Saunders

History of ideas and history of women and women's writing

Dr Beng Huat See

Critical thinking skills, parental involvement, teacher demand and supply

Dr Gary Sharples

Molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination

Dr Nadia Siddiqui

Explore educational programmes that can break the cycle of poverty and its impact on young people’s lives

Prof. Bob Simpson

Comparative bioethics

Prof. Dan Smith

Understanding the mechanisms which determine which sensations enter our awareness

Dr Benedict Smith

Moral theory and topics in philosophy of mind and epistemology

Prof. Roger Smith

Childhood, youth justice, participatory methods, social work and power

Prof. Jonathan Steed

Anion binding and sensing, supramolecular gels and crystalline solids including pharmaceuticals and hydrates

Dr Patrick Steel

Development and applications of new methods for organic synthesis, design and synthesis of small molecule probes and modulators of biological processes, applications in applied synthetic biology

Prof. Veronica Strang


Prof. Carolyn Summerbell

Prevention of obesity in children and adults

Dr Sinclair Sutherland

Labour markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health

Dr Peter Swift

Terahertz radiation application to engineering and biological applications

Dr Catherine Taylor


Dr Jamie Tehrani

Cultural evolution, phylogenetic analysis of culture

Dr Lore Thaler

Human echolocation, visual perception, auditory perception, blindness, planning and control of movements, psychophysics, kinematics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

Dr Jill Tidmarsh

Interdisciplinary and interprofessional working and learning in social care - children and families

Prof. Carole Torgerson

Experimental Design, Research Synthesis

Prof. Graham Towl

Children and young people and crime

Dr Leanne Trick

Mental health comorbidities in people with long term conditions

Dr Jonathan Tummons

Medical education

Prof. Peter Tymms

Monitoring, assessment, performance indicators, ADHD, reading and research methodology in Education

Dr Julie Van de Vyver

Prosocial behaviour, Pro-environmental behaviour, Prejudice, Good relations and social cohesion, Social identity and intragroup and intergroup relations, Arts engagement, Moral emotions, Behaviour change

Miss Ourania Maria Ventista

Philosophy for Children, Evidence-based Education, School Effectiveness, Social Inequality, Educational Assessment, Non-cognitive skills, Differentiated Instruction, Teacher Education, Teaching Ethics

Dr Milica Vasiljevic

Labelling and advertising affect people’s decisions to eat (un)healthily, drink alcohol, and/or smoke tobacco, evaluating interventions to increase societal equality and egalitarianism

Prof. Nicole Westmarland

Gender and crime, particularly: rape and sexual abuse

Dr Tom Widger

Anthropology of suicide and self-harm, medical philanthropy and pesticides and global health

Dr Jonathan Wistow

Health inequalities, public health, governance, local government

Dr Angela Woods


Prof. Jun Jie Wu

Numerical modelling of natural and synthetic polymers, biomaterials for prostheses bearing surfaces, and functional tissue engineering

Dr Keming Yang

Economic sociology and entrepreneurship, China, statistical methods in social research, social gerontology, social mechanisms and dynamics