Research Team

Pamela FisherPamela Fisher (principal investigator) is a sociologist at the University of Leeds. Her work focuses on critical understandings of ‘resilience’ and resistance amongst communities marginalised communities.  Pamela’s recent work has critically interrogated professional practices and values which reinforce marginalisation and on alternative approaches which contribute to professionalism based on power-sharing. Pamela sees professional practices as inherently political activities which are informed by and which inform understandings of citizenship.

Co-researchers are:

John Baker was appointed to Chair of Mental Health Nursing in 2015. John’s research focuses on developing complex clinical and psychological interventions in mental health settings.

Albert DzurAlbert Dzur, Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University, who has developed the concept of democratic professionalism. His work focuses on both the barriers to lay citizen participation in professional domains as well as the resources available for sharing power in typically hierarchical institutions.

Hannah Howe is Director of Volition, the network for the mental health third sector in Leeds. Prior to working at Volition, Hannah worked for a Leeds-based metal health and wellbeing charity leading a service for people with long term conditions which enabled people to cope, manage and live positively with LTC’s as well as managing a 1:1 outreach service for people with complex mental health needs, again empowering and supporting people to live independently.

Norman McClelland, Head of Collaborative Research between Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Leeds.

Elaine McNichol, academic lead for service users and carers in The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. Elaine’s current research and practice is grounded in Patient and Public Involvement, from engagement through to co-production within a context of knowledge transfer.

John Playe

John Playle is Professor of Mental Health Nursing & Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.  He has a long standing interest in working in partnership with service users and carers particularly in relation to their essential engagement in shaping and delivering pre and post qualifying education for mental health professionals.

M WebberMartin Webber is Professor of Social Work at the University of York where he leads the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of social interventions alongside people with mental health problems. He is also the academic lead for Think Ahead, a fast-track training programme for mental health social workers.