Skip Navigation

Who We Are

Professor Paul Crawford

Professor Paul Crawford holds the world’s first chair in health humanities and directs both the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health and Nottingham Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, and holds Visiting Professorships in Norway, Taiwan and Australia. He is Co-Founder of the Health Language Research Group at the University of Nottingham, bringing together academics and clinicians to advance communication research in health care settings. He serves on several editorial boards. In 2008 he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2013 he was elected as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Crawford 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 grants from prestigious Research Councils or major charities (The British Academy, AHRC, ESRC and The Leverhulme Trust). These include a recent £1.5m large programme grant from AHRC/ RCUK Connected Communities (2013-18). He 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 12 books (3 forthcoming): 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); Everyday Mental Health Practice (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Disabilities and Literature (Routledge, forthcoming) and Health Humanities (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Crawford’s 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. His second novel, Hair of the Dog, will be published in 2014.

Charley Baker

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.

Dr Brian Brown

Dr 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.

Dr Maurice Lipsedge M Phil FRCP FRCPsych FFOM (Hon)

Dr Lipsedge has been consultant in general adult psychiatry since 1974, initially at the City and Hackney Health District and from 1980 at Guy’s Hospital. He retired from the national Health Service at the age of sixty-five in 2001 and is currently an Emeritus Consultant at the South London Maudsley NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. He has continued to teach psychiatry to medical students on a voluntary basis and is Founder and Course Adviser in the Diploma and MSc in Occupational Psychiatry and Psychology at King’s College, London. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and an Honorary Member of the Society of Occupational Medicine.

He has written a large number of books and papers, including the forthcoming ‘Psychiatry PRN’ (eds. Sarah Stringer, Laurence Church, Susan Davison and Maurice Lipsedge, Oxford University Press, March 2009) and the 10th edition of Hunter’s ‘Diseases of Occupations’ (Due 2009). Other publications include ‘Psychiatric aspects of PHI claims’. Transactions of the Assurance Medical Society, 19, 18-35, 1991 as well as a chapter for ‘Medical Selection of Life Risks’, Psychiatric Disorders, 783-805 (Brackenridge, R D C and Elder, W J), 3rd edition, 1992, Stockton Press. He has published chapters in 3 standard texts that deal, amongst other things, with the employability of people with medical (including psychiatric) disorders (Lipsedge, M and Smith, G, 1995. Stress, Alcohol and Drug Abuse in ‘Fitness for Work’, Cox, RAF, Edwards, FC and McCallum, RI (eds.), 2nd edition, 396-413, Oxford Medical Publications; Lipsedge, M and Kearns, J, 2000. Psychiatric Disorders in ‘Fitness for Work’, Cox, RAF, Edwards, FC and McCallum, RI (eds.), 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press; Lipsedge, M, 2000. Bullying, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Violence in the Workplace in ‘Hunter’s Diseases of Occupations’, Adams, P, Baxter, P, Aw, TC, Cockroft, A and Harrington, JM (eds.), 9th edition, Arnold, London) and has co-edited ‘Work and Mental Health: An Employer’s Guide’, 2002, published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is also co-author of a textbook of psychiatry (Rees, I, Lipsedge, M and Ball, C (eds.), 1997, ‘Textbook of Psychiatry’, Arnold, London). He is also Editor of the psychiatric section of ‘Medical Masterclass’ (2001, Blackwells, Royal college of Physicians).

He has a long-standing interest in assisting psychiatric patients to return to the workplace. He was the co-founder of the Speedwell Project in Deptford in the 1980s. This project was designed to assist patients, mainly with schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or severe affective disorder to train for or return to the workplace. He also prepared a report on the employability of psychiatric patients for the Manpower Services Commission (Lipsedge, M and Summerfield, A B, February 1987. The employment rehabilitation needs of the mentally ill. Final report to Manpower Services Commission). More recently he has served on the Employment Working Party of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Anti-Stigma Campaign.