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Project team

Current team members

  • Professor Hilary Marland, University of Warwick, Principal Investigator, is working on the relationship between the prison system and mental illness, considering the high levels of diagnosis of mental illness amongst prisoners and the impact of the prison system itself on mental health. Hilary will also focus on women and mental health in the prison system.
  • Dr Catherine Cox, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin, Principal Investigator, is working with Hilary on the relationship between the prison system and mental illness, considering the high levels of diagnosis of mental illness amongst prisoners and the impact of the prison system itself on mental health.Catherine will also examine the evolution of the separate system in Ireland and its impact on mental health.
  • Professor Virginia Berridge is Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As well as HIV/AIDS, her research interests include the recent histories of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the relationship between research, including historical research, and policy.
  • Dr Janet Weston, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (supervised by Professor Virginia Berridge), is researching the history of HIV/AIDS in prisons.
  • Dr Will Murphy of Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, will research the health of political prisoners and the impact they had in shaping attitudes and practices of health and medicine in Irish and English prisons.
  • Dr Margaret Charleroy, University of Warwick, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 years), working on the management of prisoner’s health, disease and chronic illness in institutions shaped by imperatives to punish, control and rehabilitate as well as efforts to improve conditions and prisoners’ wellbeing.
  • Dr Rachel Bennett, University of Warwick, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working on the health of women in prison.
  • Ms Flo Swann, University of Warwick, Public Engagement Officer, coordinating the project's arts and policy initiatives.
  • Ms Sinead McCann, UCD, Public Engagement Officer, coordinating the project's arts and policy initiatives.

Previous team members

  • Dr Fiachra Byrne, University College Dublin, Postdoctoral Fellow, was working on the mental health of juvenile prisoners in England and Ireland.
  • Dr Nicholas Duvall, University of Warwick (year 1), University College Dublin (year 2), Postdoctoral Fellow was supporting Hilary and Catherine on their strand of work, and also developed his own project over the two years on the health of prison officers.
  • Dr Holly Dunbar, UCD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow was researching prison reform movements and health.