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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 Michelle Addison

Marginalisation, health & social inequalities, stigma, social harm, criminalisation, qualitative methods, social justice, justice-involved, intersectionality

Dr Mildred Oiza Ajebon

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications for understanding a range of health outcomes among poor population groups, Social determinants of under-five mortality in Nigeria, integrating different quantitative and qualitative approaches, data sources, analytical tools and dissemination formats in unpacking the socio-spatial and environmental contexts of health inequalities in the UK and Nigeria.

Dr Nasmia Akhter

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

Dr Noura Al Moubayed

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning for Healthcare, Bias and Fairness in Machine Learning, Multimodal Machine Learning, Explainable Machine Learning, Anomaly Detection, Social Robotics, Brain Computer Interfaces and Evolutionary Computation

Dr Ben Alderson-Day

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

Prof. Carrie Ambler

Biomedical and Cell Science

Dr Amir Atapour-Abarghouei

Image Processing and Computer Vision, Scene Understanding and Image Analysis, Semantic Segmentation and Object Detection, Depth Estimation and 3D Reconstruction, Machine Learning / Deep Learning, Multi-Task Learning and Neural Architecture Search, Domain Adaptation and Data Augmentation, Text Ranking and Classification, Topic Modelling and Sentiment Analysis, Robotic Navigation and Autonomy

Prof. Anthony Atkinson

Social cognitive neuroscience

Prof. Sarah Atkinson

Social science for medical humanities

Dr Charmele Ayadurai

Children of North East during pandemic, teaching and learning during Covid 19 

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. Barbara Bechter

Comparative Human Resource Management, European Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations, International Employment Relations, Comparative Research Methods.

Prof. Jens Beckmann

Cognitive Abilities

Prof. Nadin Beckmann

Educational Psychology

Dr Jessica Begon

How disability should be understood, whether and when disability is disadvantageous, and, when it is, what form of state assistance disabled individuals are owed

Dr Nelly Bencomo

Decision making under uncertainty, autonomous systems, runtime models, AI/ML, Software Engineering, Software Engineering for Autonomous and Self-adaptive Systems and Software Engineering for AI/ML Systems

Prof. Gillian Bentley

Developmental Effects on Reproductive Function in Migrant Bangladeshi Women

Mr Chris Bevan

Property, housing and homelessness from a legal perspective including exploring the health and mental health implications of current homelessness law and policy.

Prof. Vikki Boliver

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

Prof. Lynda Boothroyd

Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology

Dr Alessandro Borghi

Biomechanics of the craniofacial skeleton, numerical models for the preoperative planning of complex cranial and frontofacial reshaping procedures, mechanical characterisation of biological tissues, and medical device design.

Paul Braidford


Prof. Toby Breckon

Computer vision and image processing

Prof. Alex Broadbent

Philosophy of epidemiology and medicine, with an emphasis on African perspectives, and thematic interests in causal inference and prediction.

Dr Hannah Brown

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

Emeritus Prof. David Budgen

Software service-based brokering technologies

Ms Gilly Burn

Humanising Intensive and Palliative Care in India

Dr Steven Burrell

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

Perception of facial expressions

Prof. Camila Caiado

Bayesian approaches to modelling and uncertainty quantification

Prof. Martin Cann

Cell biology of bicarbonate and carbon dioxide

Dr Michael Cassidy

Anglo Saxon history, local natural history photography, evaluation of Science delivery in natural history museums

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 Mujeeb Chaudhry

Imperceptible Electronics, Processing Electronic Materials, Light Emitting Field Effect Transistors, Organic LASERs, Bioelectronics, Smart nose, Photodiodes and Phototransistors, Biomedical Sensors and Transducers, Self-assembly and thin film morphology

Prof. Paul Chazot

Characterisation and validation of novel drug targets

Prof. Charlotte Clarke

Executive Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Prof. Steven Cobb

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

Prof. Frank Coolen

Statistics and decision support

Prof. Tahani Coolen-Maturi

Developing statistical methodology for practical problems

Prof. Judith Covey

How people perceive risks and value benefits in decisions affecting their health or safety, and evaluating methods for eliciting people's preferences and involving them in the decision making process

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

Dr Stephen Crossley

Troubled Families' and Family Hubs, the concepts of 'responsibility' and 'resilience', grassroots sport clubs and the role of sports cages in marginalised urban communities

Emeritus Prof. Sarah Curtis

Geographical dimensions of inequalities of health and health care

Dr Johny Daniel

Reading interventions, Learning difficulties, Special education, Secondary data analysis and Research methodology

Prof. Douglas Davies

Death, ritual and belief, Mormon religion

Dr Jingjing Deng

Medical Imaging and Analysis, Computer Vision, Machine Learning.

Prof. Paul Denny

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

Dr Michelle de Gruchy

Climate, landscape, settlement and society

Dr Hayley Dewe

Hallucinations  and dissociative experiences of the self and body in non-clinical adult populations, the development of the bodily self in childhood (ages 4-14 years).

Dr Katie Di Sebastiano

Integrative Metabolism, Body Composition, Cancer and Clinical Population, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs, Program Evaluation and Knowledge Translation and Mobilisation


Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds

Energy regulation and weight management both physical activity and dietary perspectives

Dr Nadena Doharty

Critical race feminism; racialised experiences of schooling and higher education; wellbeing at universities.

Dr Reza Drikvandi

High dimensional statistics, Longitudinal data analysis, Change point analysis for high dimensional data, Statistical modelling and inference, Biostatistics, Survival analysis

Prof. Alex Easton

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

Dr Can Eken

International commercial arbitration, Investment law, Third-party funding, Alternative dispute resolution methods, Commercial mediation and online dispute resolution.

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.

Dr Elizabeth Evans


Prof. Kiran Fernandes

Operations management, innovation diffusion, complex systems

Prof. Charles Fernyhough

Cognitive-developmental approaches to psychosis and other disorders

Dr Samuel Forbes

Infant development, Early word learning, Developmental cognitive neuroscience

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

Dr Alina Geampana

New and emerging health technologies, user perspectives, gender, risk, clinical trials and organisational practices, contraception, drug risk/benefit assessment, assisted reproduction, the production of evidence in the IVF sector and the commercialisation of reproductive care.

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

Prof. Darren Gröcke

Stable Isotopes, Geochemistry, Palaeoclimates, Palaeoenvironments, Palaeodiets, Palaeoceanography, Palaeobotany, Botany, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Sea level, Environment, Black Shales, Oceanic anoxic events.

Prof. John Girkin

Advanced photonics and optical technology

Prof. Simon Hackett

Interpersonal violence,  child maltreatment and child welfare

Dr Peter Hamilton

Employment relations, rhetoric, language and persuasion in the workplace, equality and diversity

Prof. Kate Hampshire

Health, well-being and mobility

Dr Mary Hanley

Social attention, cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders

Prof. Markus Hausmann

Psychoneuroendocrinology, Neuropsychology of sex and gender

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 Hester Hockin-Boyers

Exercise and health, Eating disorders, New Media, Digital Methods and Gender

Dr Claire Hodson

Fetal and infant growth and development, Health, wellbeing and paleopathology of fetal and infant individuals, The fetal and infant life course, and the impact of intrauterine experiences on early life, Exploring evidence for DOHaD in the archaeological record, Social and cultural treatment of the fetus and infant, Human identification in forensic contexts, particularly of infants and children, Ethical treatment of human remains in forensic and archaeological contexts and Forensic archaeological recovery of non-adults.

Prof. 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

Dr David Johnson

Entrepreneurship, Academic Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer, University-centred entrepreneurial ecosystems, Science-based business, Life science commercialisation, Business models in high-technology sectors.

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 Rahele Kafieh

Artificial intelligence in medical image and signal processing

Dr Iakowos Karakesisoglou

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

Prof. Ritu Kataky

Mono and bilayer modified electrodes and interactions of hard and soft nanoparticles with lipid layers - toxicity and drug delivery. Research on biocompatible, flexible redox pseudo capacitors devices - detecting and combating bacteria in biofilms.

Prof. Bob Kentridge

How objects and events are represented in the brain

Dr Ehsan Kharati

Public health and social care including design and analysis of clinical trials 

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

Prof. Effie Lai-Chong Law

Usability and user Experience, Trustworthy autonomous systems (Conversational agents), Mixed reality

Dr Ana Leite

social psychology in the workplace, as well as on other strands of social psychology (prejudice, intergroup prosociality, speciesism)

Prof. Colin Lever

Memory and anxiety in animals and humans in youth and age

Dr Stephanie Lichtenfeld

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

Dr Jane Lidstone

Cognitive development and mental health in autism spectrum disorder

Dr Dafni Lima

Family Law, Assisted Reproduction, Comparative Law, Criminal Law

Prof. Steve Lindsay

Malaria vector control, Housing and malaria, Integrated vector control, Vector ecology and behaviour, Ecology of infectious diseases, Study design of field trials

Dr Iain Lindsey

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

Dr Anna Llewellyn

Examining discourses of childhood and youth within society and culture and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr Keren Maclennan

Autism, Sensory processing, Neurodiversity, Anxiety, Mental health and Participatory research

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 Roslyn Malcolm

Autism spectrum conditions, hormonal models of health and ill-health, perinatal health, kinship, care, animal assisted therapies, social dimensions of biomedicine.

Dr Angela Marques-Filipe

Global histories and social dimensions of psychiatric diagnosis, mental health, and child development and neurodisability, translation and (co)production of knowledge in biomedical research and healthcare.

Dr Haemy Lee Masson

Affect Computing, Autism, EEG, Machine Learning, Mental Health, Social Neuroscience, Social Touch and fMRI

Dr Anna Matejko

Mathematical cognition, numeracy, fMRI, arithmetic, reading, dyscalculia, dyslexia, working memory, intervention and educational neuroscience. 

Kulwinder Maude

Key issues in teaching and pedagogy of primary English, with a special interest in English as an additional Language, experiences of beginning teacher educators in the academy.

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

Dr Jonathon McPhetres

Science communication, Religion, Emotion, Psychophysiology, Systems Biology, Proteomics, Pseudoscience and misinformation

Mrs Victoria Menzies

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

Prof. Amir Michael

Audit Data Analytics, Accounting Education, Auditing & Assurance Services, Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting and Voluntary Disclosures

Prof. Dorothy Monekosso

Sensor data analysis, applications of machine learning, assistive and rehabilitation technologies, clinical decision support, smart homes and smart cities to support independent living

Dr Victoria Money

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

Prof. Tiago Moreira

Formal and 'informal' processes of health technology

Prof. Stephen Mumford

Public health and complexity. Social determinants of health. Intersection of health and metaphysics.

Dr Alice Maria Han Yuong Nah

The security, protection and wellbeing of activists at risk and migration and asylum in Asia

Dr Thuy-vy Nguyen

Solitude, self-regulation, motivation and well-being

Dr Kate O'Brien

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

Dr Emmanuel Ogundimu

Missing data methodology, Models for rare events.

Prof. Joe Painter

Prosaic geographies of the state

Prof. Shaun Pattinson

Medical law and ethics

Prof. Cassandra Phoenix

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

Prof. Emke Pohl

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

Prof. Tessa 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


Dr Xiaofei Qi

Early childhood education and care (ECEC), Parenting, Child ability assessment: verbal and non-verbal, Digital Home Learning Environment (HLE), Educational assessment, Entrance test development and Computational modelling in second language acquisition (SLA).

Prof. Roy Quinlan

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

Prof. Habib Rahman

Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Environment, Political Economy

Prof. Nadja Reissland

Early mother-infant interaction

Prof. Paolo Remagnino

Image and Video Analysis, Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Ambient assisted living and Medical imaging

Prof. 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

Prof. Andrew Russell

Applied anthropology and development

Prof. 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

Prof. Beng Huat See

Critical thinking skills, parental involvement, teacher demand and supply

Dr Gary Sharples

Molecular mechanisms of genetic recombination

Dr Manish Shukla

Agri/Food Value Chains, Sustainable Supply Chains

Prof. Hubert P. H. Shum

Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, Biomedical Engineering

Prof. 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

Dr Renu Singh

Public Policy and Administration, Public Health, Sustainability, Comparative Public Policy, Global Governance

Prof Fuschia Sirois

Emotion regulation, Positive psychology, esp. self-compassion and gratitude, Health behaviours, Personality and health-related outcomes, Loneliness and meaningful relationships, Time perspective and temporal thinking, Adjustment to chronic health conditions, Counterfactual thinking.

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

Dr Rachel Staddon

Use of educational technology, particularly in flipped learning; Age inclusivity; Reduction of maths anxiety; The role of compassion in developing wellbeing.

Prof. Jonathan Steed

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

Prof. 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

Dr Anna Stenning

How neurological/developmental differences and mental health conditions are constructed by scientists, and how they are experienced by individuals

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

Prof. 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 Marlee Tichenor

The politics of quantified data in the context of health interventions.

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

Prof. Jonathan Tummons

Medical education

Prof. Peter Tymms

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

Dr Kathleen Vancleef

Translational neuropyschology research in visual perception

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

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

Dr Sarah A Walker

Emotions, emotion regulation and individual differences associated with why and how people try to regulate the emotions of others, and the subsequent impact on interpersonal relationships and wellbeing

Prof. Tammi Walker

Women in contact with the criminal justice system, Prisoner self-harm and suicide, Physical health inequalities and serious mental illness, Addressing sexual violence at universities and Addictions and offender health

Prof. Nicole Westmarland

Gender and crime, particularly: rape and sexual abuse

Ricky Whitefield

Ecology, Memory, and British Storytelling, researching the impact of experiences of ambiguity, the unknown, hiddenness, fear and looking at wellbeing within ecology and death.

Dr Tom Widger

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

Dr Sarah Wieten

The intersection of ethics and epistemology in the health sciences. 

Dr Jonathan Wistow

Health inequalities, public health, governance, local government

Prof. Angela Woods

  Critical Medical Humanities, Voice-Hearing - Phenomenology, Voice-Hearing - Hermeneutics, Narrative approaches to mental health, Interdisciplinary Research & Practice

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

Dr Jacqueline Jing You

Organizational Resilience, Organizational Disruption, Business Ecosystems, Strategy, Inter-organizational Relationships, Ancient Chinese Philosophy and Innovation

Dr Mohaddeseh Ziyachi

Immigration and mental health