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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Fellowship

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 search the Fellows database by using the search engine at the right of this page. For further details of the support given to fellows please click the link here.

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. Criteria for Fellowship may be viewed here. as well as our online application. If you have an enquiry about Fellowship please contact the Institute Director. By becoming a Fellow, you are consenting to receive our fortnightly newsletter, filled with news and events pertinent to Health and Wellbeing activities.

The Institute now offers Postgraduate students the opportunity to become Postgraduate Associates of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. For further details on this and how to apply please click here.



Akhter, Nasmia, Dr, Health inequality, Nutritional assessment, Obesity, Evaluation of intervention, Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK, Food security and livelihood
Alderson-Day, Ben, Dr, psychological continuites between clinical and non-clinical populations who hear voices
Ambler, Carrie, Dr Biomedical and Cell Science
Armstrong, Andrea, Dr community-based participatory research, urban transformations and community energy.
Atkinson, Anthony, Dr Social cognitive neuroscience
Atkinson, Sarah, Professor Social science for medical humanities


Ball, Helen, Professor Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep
Banks, Sarah, Professor Professional ethics, community development
Beckmann Jens, Professor Cognitive Abilities
Beckmann, Nadin, Dr Educational Psychology
Bentley, Gillian, Professor Developmental Effects on Reproductive Function in Migrant Bangladeshi Women
Boliver, Vikki, Dr Educational inequalities, especially social class and ethnic inequalities of access to higher status universities, social stratification and mobility, quantitative research methods
Boothroyd, Lynda, Dr Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
Breckon, Toby, Dr computer vision and image processing
Brown, Hannah, Dr zoonotic diseases. Care, nursing, HIV/AIDS, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, hospitals
Budgen, David, Professor Software service-based brokering technologies
Burt, Mike, Dr Perception of facial expressions


Caiado, Camila, Dr Bayesian approaches to modelling and uncertainty quantification
Cann, Martin, Dr Cell biology of bicarbonate and carbon dioxide
Casteau, Soazig, Dr visual attention and saccadic eye movements
Castellani, Brian, Professor Complexities of place and health, Communities and global civil society, Computational modeling and mixed-methods, Complexity theory and policy evaluation, Big data and digital sociology
Cave, Emma Professor Medical law and ethics, human rights
Charnley, Helen Community Care policy and practice in the UK
Chazot, Paul, Dr Characterisation and validation of novel drug targets
Clarke, Charlotte, Professor Executive Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
Cobb, Steven, Dr Development of new peptide agents for the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis, development of new sanitation technologies
Cook, Chris, Professor Spirituality and psychiatry
Coolen, Frank, Professor Statistics; decision support
Coolen-Maturi, Tahani, Dr Developing statistical methodology for practical problems
Cramb, Robert quantitative measurements of physical activity can be used to help underpin health based interventions
Cramman, Helen, Dr, Education evaluation, widening participation and access to STEM subjects including gender equality in STEM subjects
Crisp, Richard, Professor social psychology, from stereotyping to social influence, from attitudes to attraction
Curtis, Sarah, Professor Geographical dimensions of inequalities of health and health care
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Davies, Douglas, Professor Death, ritual and belief, Mormon religion
Denny, Paul, Dr The role of lipid biosynthesis and membrane trafficking in host-pathogen interactions
Dodd-Reynolds, Caroline, Dr energy regulation and weight management both physical activity and dietary perspectives
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Easton, Alex, Dr, Animal Models of Episodic Memory, Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
Ellison, Amanda, Professor, Neuroscientific basis of vision; neuronal disruption in migraine headache; visuomotor systems
Epitropaki, Olga, Professor, Social cognition, identity and dyadic/group processes related to leadership.
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Fernandes, Kiran, Professor Operations management, innovation diffusion, complex systems
Fernyhough, Charles, Professor Cognitive-developmental approaches to psychosis and other disorders
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Gallant, Andrew, Dr Micromachining, RF MEMS, THz technology, Wafer level packaging
Gan, Lian, Dr, Experimental fluid mechanics: turbulence & vortex dynamics; Particle Image Velocimetry: application & technique development
Gorard, Stephen, Prof Education and social justice, Equity and effectiveness in lifelong education, Quality of education research
Gowland, Rebecca, Dr Health and demography in the Roman world, Skeletal ageing and age as an aspect of social identity,
Graham, Leslie, Dr Strategy, change management and leadership
Gray, Helen, practical science lessons in secondary schools
Girkin, John, Professor Advanced photonics and optical technology
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Hackett, Simon, Professor Interpersonal violence; child maltreatment and child welfare
Hampshire, Kate, Professor Health, well-being and mobility
Hanley, Mary, Dr Social attention, cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders
Hausmann, Markus, Dr Psychoneuroendocrinology, Neuropsychology of sex and gender
Hedger, Spencer, Mr Labour markets and the relationship between work, worklessness and health
Henderson, Peter, Mr Labour Markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health
Higgins, Steve, Professor ICT and digital technologies in schools, educational philosophy of Pragmatism and the implications for teaching and learning.
Hind, Karen, Dr Osteoporosis, bone, health, body composition, physical Activity and Athelete Health
Horwell, Claire, Dr Volcanic health hazards
Hudson, Ray, Professor Economic & social regeneration in 'old' industrial regions


Inami, Fusako, Dr the body, senses, love and intimacy, affect, sleep and performative language

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Jamie, Kimberly, Dr Patient beliefs about health and wellbeing and the impact of this on behaviours such as exercise and medicines use
Jobe, Alison, Dr Adult Deafness, and Identity
Johnson, Karen, Dr Passive treatment of contaminated waters and soils
Jones, Karen, RCTs and Quantitative Research methods

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Karakesisoglou, Iakowos Dr, Cytoskeleton Linker Proteins, Nuclear Envelope Structure and Function, Premature and Physiological Ageing, Laminopathies, Tissue and Animal Morphogenesis
Kasim, Adetayo, Dr Biostatistics and statistical bioinformatics
Kentridge, Bob, Dr How objects and events are represented in the brain
Kitching, Matthew, O Dr biological principles in synthetic chemistry to achieve temporal and spatial patterning of reactivity and materials
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Lane, Alison, Dr Neural mechanisms of visual attention and perception
Lever, Colin, Dr Memory and anxiety in animals and humans in youth and age
Lewis, Sue, Dr Socio-cultural determinants of health and health inequalities
Lichtenfeld, Stephanie, Dr Emotion, Emotion Regulation, Motivation, Elementary School Students Wellbeing, Forgiveness
Lidstone, Jane, Dr, Cognitive development and mental health in autism spectrum disorder
Lindsey, Iain, Dr, Health, wellbeing and social change through engaging young people in sport and physical activity programme
Love, Gordon, Professor Optics and Photonics


Macnaughton, Jane, Professor Literature and medicine, philosophy and history of medicine
Maehle, Holger, Professor History of medicine and the life sciences
Mawson, John, Professor Local and regional governance; The management of cities and regions
Mazzoli Smith, Laura, Dr, Narrative-based learning in healthcare education, evaluation in healthcare implementation and education, patient/citizen voice in healthcare, impact of poverty on health and wellbeing
McGregor, Anthony, Dr Animal learning and cognition
Menzies, Victoria, Mrs wellbeing related to education, research synthesis, evaluation of educational interventions and peer monitoring
Merrell, Christine, Dr Assessment, Evaluation and Effectivenes, Psychological Perspectives and Issues in Education
Money, Victoria, Dr, X-ray crystallography, viral encoded proteins from highly infectious human and animal pathogens.
Moreira, Tiago, Dr Formal and 'informal' processes of health technology
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Obara, Boguslaw Biolmage Informatics
O'Brien, Kate, Dr inequalities and crime; health consequences of austerity policies on Britain's low income populations
Oliver, Emily, Dr 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

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Painter, Joe, Professor Prosaic geographies of the state
Pattinson, Shaun, Professor Medical law and ethics
Phoenix, Cassandra, Dr, Ageing and Active Mobilities, Everyday Ageism, Weather and Wellbeing, Coastal Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing
Pohl, Emke, Dr Unraveling the three-dimensional structures of proteins associated with virulence and disease
Pollard, Tess, Dr Evolutionary perspectives on 'western' diseases
Pope, Stacey, Dr sport and physical activity - how social determinants such as gender and social class impact upon physical activity and health
Poulton, Emma, Dr antisemitism
Priestley, Michael, Mr Foucaultian theory to explore the social epidemiology of mental health in a higher education context


Quinlan, Roy, Professor, Animal cell biology, cararact and amyloidosis, motor neurone disease, protein chaperones, the cytoskeleton and the eye lens and the aging process

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Reissland, Nadja, Dr Early mother-infant interaction
Riby, Deborah, Dr Social perception, social cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders
Roberts, Charlotte, Professor Bioarchaeological approaches to the history of disease and medicine
Robertson, Steve, Dr Soil chemistry and the interactions between soil organic matter, contaminants, soil biota
Roderick, Martin, Dr Risk, pain and injury in physical activity
Russell, Andrew, Dr Applied anthropology and development
Russell, Charlotte, Dr Medical Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology
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Sanderson, David, Dr psychological basis of learning and memory and how these processes are achieved in the brain
Saunders, Corinne, Professor History of ideas; History of women and women's writing
See, Beng Huat, Dr critical thinking skills, parental involvement, teacher demand and supply
Sharples, Gary, Dr Molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination
Siddiqui, Nadia, Dr explore educational programmes that can break the cycle of poverty and its impact on young people’s lives
Simpson, Bob, Professor Comparative bioethics
Smith, Dan, Dr Understanding the mechanisms which determine which sensations enter our awareness
Smith, Benedict, Dr Moral theory and topics in philosophy of mind and epistemology
Smith, Roger, Professor Childhood, youth justice, participatory methods, social work and power
Steed, Jonathan, Professor Anion binding and sensing, supramolecular gels and crystalline solids including pharmaceuticals and hydrates
Steel, Patrick, Dr 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
Summerbell, Carolyn, Professor Prevention of obesity in children and adults
Sutherland, Sinclair, Mr, Labour markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health
Swift, Peter, Dr, Terahertz radiation application to engineering and biological applications

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Taylor, Catherine, Dr, medical anthropology
Tehrani, Jamie, Dr Cultural evolution, phylogenetic analysis of culture
Thaler, Lore Dr Human echolocation, visual perception, auditory perception, blindness, planning and control of movements, psychophysics, kinematics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Tidmarsh, Jill, Dr Interdisciplinary and interprofessional working and learning in social care - children and families
Torgerson, Carole, Professor, Experimental Design, Research Synthesis
Towl, Graham, Professor Children and young people and crime
Trick, Leanne, Dr Mental health comorbidities in people with long term conditions
Tummons, Jonathan, Dr medical education
Tymms, Peter, Professor Monitoring, assessment, performance indicators, ADHD, reading and research methodology in Education
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Van de Vyver, Julie, Dr Prosocial behaviour, Pro-environmental behaviour, Prejudice, Good relations and social cohesion, Social identity and intragroup and intergroup relations, Arts engagement, Moral emotions, Behaviour change
Ventista, Ourania Maria, Miss, Philosophy for Children, Evidence-based Education, School Effectiveness, Social Inequality, Educational Assessment, Non-cognitive skills, Differentiated Instruction, Teacher Education, Teaching Ethics
Vasiljevic, Milica, Dr , 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
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Westmarland, Nicole, Professor Gender and crime, particularly: rape and sexual abuse
Widger, Tom, Dr, anthropology of suicide and self-harm, medical philanthropy and pesticides and global health
Wistow, Jonathan, Dr Health inequalities, public health, governance, local government
Wu, Jun Jie, Dr numerical modelling of natural and synthetic polymers, biomaterials for prostheses bearing surfaces, and functional tissue engineering
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Yang, Keming, Dr Economic sociology and entrepreneurship, China, statistical methods in social research, social gerontology, social mechanisms and dynamics

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