International Health Humanities Network Project Team


Professor Paul Crawford (Project Lead)

Professor Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Director of the Centre for Social Futures, Institute of Mental Health, and Co-Director of the Health Humanities Research Priority Group at the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and Academy of Social Sciences, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, and has held Visiting Professorships in Norway, Taiwan, China and Australia. He serves on several editorial boards, not least Journal of Medical Humanities, Communication & Medicine and Applied Arts in Health. (2010-12). In 2008 he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

He is Co-Founder and directs both the AHRC-funded Madness and Literature Network and International Health Humanities Network. He is also International advisor on trans-disciplinary research/ health humanities at various institutions worldwide. Crawford has held multiple grants from prestigious Research Councils or major charities (British Academy, AHRC, ESRC and The Leverhulme Trust). These include a recent £1.5m large programme grant from AHRC/ RCUK Connected Communities (2013-18) on Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery.

Professor Crawford regularly gives keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences and has written over 100 publications including more than 80 peer reviewed papers or book chapters, 2 special issues and 10 books: Communicating Care (Nelson Thornes, 1998); Nothing Purple, Nothing Black (The Book Guild, 2002); Politics and History in William Golding (University of Missouri, 2003); Evidence Based Research (Open University Press, 2003), which was Highly Commended in the BMA Book Competition for 2004; Storytelling in Therapy (Nelson Thornes, 2004); Evidence Based Health Communication (Open University Press, 2006); Communication in Clinical Settings (Nelson Thornes, 2006); Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction (Palgrave, 2010); and Health Humanities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His major, critical work on the novelist William Golding was reviewed in the TLS and led to reprinted chapters in the prestigious Bloom's Guides (2004; 2008) and a commissioned entry on Golding in The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (Oxford University Press, 2006). His acclaimed novel about mental illness, Nothing Purple, Nothing Black, resulted in various interviews in national media and an option for film by the British film producer, Jack Emery (The Drama House, London/ Florida). He has appeared on BBC Radio 2 (Walker), Today Programme and Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live (Mayo), BBC Wales, BBC Mundo and various regional BBC programmes.

Dr Charley Baker

Dr Charley Baker is a Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham where she teaches mental health nursing students at both Diploma/BSc level and on the Graduate Entry Nursing programme.

Charley is lead author on the co-authored monograph, Madness in Post-1945 British and American Fiction (Palgrave, 2010).She was invited contributor and literary advisor for a psychiatry textbook, Psychiatry PRN (Oxford University Press 2009), has had a chapter on rape in Angela Carter's fiction published by Rodopi in Ethics and Trauma in Contemporary British Fiction, and contributes regularly for journals such as Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is currently working on a collection of narratives on self harm.

Charley is co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded international Madness and Literature Network and International Health Humanities Network

She has a BA and MA in literature and is working on her PhD on psychosis and postmodernism at Royal Holloway, University of London. During her studies, Charley worked in both community adult and inpatient adolescent mental health for the NHS.

Charley is Associate Editor of Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Charley has been awarded Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Medical Humanities.

She has spoken at an international level on issues of representations of mental illness in literature, and also has research interests in self harm, suicide, 'personality disorders' and the therapeutic use of reading.

Professor Brian Brown

Professor Brian Brown is Reader in Health Communication at De Montfort University. He has completed ten books and over fifty refereed journal articles. Most notably, his books have included Evidence based health communication (with P. Crawford and R. Carter, Open University Press, 2006) and the prizewinning Evidence based Research: Dilemmas and debates in heath care (with P. Crawford and C. Hicks, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2003). As well as health care, his work has ranged across fields such as linguistics, education and sociology. The core of his work has focused on the interpretation of practitioner and client experiences in health care, exploring how this may be understood with a view to improving practice and with regard to theoretical development in the social sciences, particularly concerning notions of governmentality and habitus from Foucauldian and Bourdieusian sociology and how the analysis of everyday experience can offer novel theoretical developments. Notably this has included The habitus of hygiene (with P. Crawford, B. Nerlich and N. Koteyko, Social Science and Medicine, 67: 1047-1055) 'Post antibiotic apocalypse': Discourses of mutation in narratives of MRSA, (with Paul Crawford, Sociology of Health and Illness 31 (4) (in press), Soft authority: Ecologies of infection management in the working lives of modern matrons and infection control staff, (with Paul Crawford, Sociology of Health and Illness, 30: 756-771), The clinical governance of the soul (with P. Crawford, Social Science and Medicine 55: 67-81) and Clinical governmentality (with P. Crawford and L. Mullany, Journal of Applied Linguistics 2: 273-298).

Professor Ronald Carter

Professor Ronald Carter is Professor of Modern English Language in the School of English Studies. His main research interests are in the broad field of applied linguistics and he has written and edited over thirty books and one hundred papers in this field. This includes work on corpus and computational linguistics, discourse-based grammar, English vocabulary and the interface between language and literature. In terms of literature and language, his main interest is in the relationship between language and creativity (Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk Routledge, 2004) He is currently working on two ESRC-funded e-social science projects, researching the multi-modal relationship between language, gesture and everyday communication. He works as a member of a number of interdisciplinary research groups in language and health communication, professional communication and e-social science involving co-researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Schools of Sociology and Social Policy, Pharmacy and Nursing and - in connection with the ESRC multi-modal research projects - with research teams in Psychology and Computer Science.

Victoria Tischler

Victoria Tischler is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has over 20 years experience as an academic and retains an Honorary Associate Professor post at the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, The University of Nottingham.

Victoria's research focuses on creativity and mental health. She is co-investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded study 'dementia and imagination' (£1.2 million) that is developing and evaluating visual arts interventions for people with dementia. She is on the editorial board for the journals' Arts and Health and the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and has authored many academic papers on mental health, health and medical humanities, and arts and dementia. She regularly acts as a media consultant and presenter on art and mental health issues, for example Antiques Roadshow Detectives (2015).

Victoria is passionate about public engagement with science. She has commissioned a sculpture to commemorate the opening of the Institute of Mental (IMH) Headquarters in Nottingham 'House for a Gordian Knot'. She was arts coordinator at the IMH for 5 years where she curated exhibitions of artwork by people with mental health issues and facilitated art workshops in a maximum security forensic hospital. She co-curated the international exhibition 'art in the asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry' (Djanogly gallery, 2013) that attracted over 10,000 visitors.

Victoria is a freelance research consultant and has worked for arts charities including Daily Life Ltd, The Museum of Everything, and Paintings in Hospitals.

Dr Lisa Mooney Smith

Director of Research
University of Lincoln

Lisa Mooney Smith has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years where she has continually worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and business. She has a background in fine art and critical theory, but is best known for her work on the study of collaborative research practices and interdisciplinary research methodology. Her current work explores how traditional arts and humanities disciplines might be better enabled to interact with the new demands of the knowledge transfer environment, and particularly how academic institutional practices enhance or inhibit these types of interactions. She is currently the Director of Research for the Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design at the University of Lincoln, and sits on the UK Art & Humanities Research Council Peer Review College for Knowledge Transfer and non-HEI engagement. She is actively involved in both national and international networks concerned to raise the impact and profile of the arts and humanities, and regularly writes on the shifts and changes brought about by collaborative research practices in academia and industry.

Lisa is also an active Board Director of the New Art Exchange, the first Gallery in the UK set up to support and develop Black and Asian contemporary visual artists. She is also a Director on the Board of the UK Regional Screen Agency, EM Media, supporting the development of film and digital media in the UK and abroad. In both positions she strives to develop a coherent and productive relationship between cultural organisations and academic research and enterprise, ensuring brokerage between the two communities supports the generation of innovative ideas and investment.

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  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
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