Durham Team

The Durham University team are based within the Centre for Medical Humanities and draw in the expertise of colleagues in the Health, English and Anthropology departments.

Professor Jane Macnaughton (Senior Investigator)
JaneMacnaughtonJane leads Life of Breath at Durham University. She is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University and co-director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. Jane has published in the fields of medical education, medical humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine and health care environments, and was a founder member of the Association for Medical Humanities. Jane’s current clinical work is in gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham and she also contributes to Durham’s Phase 1 Medical Programme.

Professor Corinne Saunders (Co-Investigator)
Corinne_SaundersCorinne is Professor in the Department of English Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities. She specialises in medieval literature and the history of ideas, and has particular interests in romance writing, gender studies and the history of medicine. She and Jane Macnaughton have co-edited works on the cultural history of the body and illness.

Dr Andrew Russell (Co-Investigator)
andrewrussellAndrew is a Reader in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on tobacco, its use and control. He is particularly interested in understanding smoking as an embodied physical and emotional experience, the history of tobacco use and smokers’ rituals and sense of identity, and then exploring how this might contribute to policy and therapeutic interventions not only in tobacco but other areas of public health.

Dr Sarah McLusky (Project Manager)
SMcL profile pic2Sarah coordinates the Durham team’s activities and engages the wider world with Life of Breath. She has developed and managed events, education and public engagement programmes for a number of different organisations, as well as turning her hand to teaching and writing. Sarah’s academic background is in biochemistry.

Dr Rebecca Oxley (Researcher)
rebecca oxleyRebecca is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Anthropology. Rebecca’s interests include phenomenology, embodiment and feminist explorations of the body. Rebecca’s research will focus on aware breathers and breathing techniques. For her PhD she studied fathers with postnatal depression and recently worked as a Policy Advisor for the Department of Health.

Dr Arthur Rose (Researcher)
arthurArthur is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies. His work for the project focuses on the respiratory conditions caused by the mining, and industrial and household use, of coal and asbestos, and how these conditions are represented in different literary and audio-visual media.

Mary Robson (Creative Facilitator)
Mary_robsonMary is Associate for Arts in Health and Education at the Centre for Medical Humanities and her role is to build the community of the researchers, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity and transferable methodology. Mary trained as a theatre designer and now works as a creative facilitator and social pedagogue – she works with people to make things.

Prof David Fuller (Researcher)
David is Emeritus Professor of English and former Chairman of the Department of English Studies. From 2002 to 2007 he was also the University’s Public Orator. He has written books and essays on a wide range of poetry, drama, and novels from Medieval to Modern and the theory and practice of criticism. His main other interest is in music, especially opera and song. He trained as a Musicologist, and plays the piano and organ.

Fredrik Nyman (PhD Student)
Fredrik is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. His doctoral research will explore the lived experiences and embodied awareness of people who live with chronic breathlessness and respiratory illness in northern England, and address how they practice and manage lay self-care of their lung conditions.